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13:10 Leicester

David Swift Memorial Novices' Chase (Class D)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft (Heavy patches in the dip)
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 55.20s
  • 10 Ran
1
Silk - White, Dark Blue seams, Dark Blue and White halved sleeves, White cap

Fiori

28
7/1
  • Form 610-12D
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4

held up towards rear, mistake, not fluent 4th, behind from next

2
Silk - PINK and YELLOW diamonds, YELLOW sleeves and cap
  • Form 01-52F1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4

held up in touch, headway apr 7th, chased winner 9th until approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one-paced

3
Silk - BLACK, ORANGE sleeves, RED cap
  • Form 123P4-2
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12

held up, not fluent early, ridden 9th, soon struggling

4
Silk - White, Emerald Green hoops, White sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Black cap
100/1
  • Form 5150-P5
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

prominent until ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened

5
Silk - LIGHT BLUE, WHITE cross belts, RED cap
10/11
  • Form 115140-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

made all, jumped well , clear 5th, easily

6
Silk - MAROON and RED check, RED sleeves and cap
  • Form 24410/
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-12

held up in touch, mistake 4th, stayed on approaching last, never near leaders

7
Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
  • Form 3P43-2P
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12

tracked winner to 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, went 2nd again before next, no impression when mistake last

8
Silk - White, Dark Blue armlets and cap
33/1
  • Form 43/
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12

prominent, ridden 7th, weakened next

9
Silk - Yellow, Dark Blue epaulets, sleeves and star on cap
66/1
  • Form 00/600-U
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12

held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, weakened 9th, behind when not fluent 3 out

10
Silk - Gold, Blue and Gold quartered cap
  • Form 00/P-5P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-12

soon behind, not jumped well, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out

In depth

Verdict

The chase course is always a lot quicker than the hurdles track. An open event with Fiori, who has won under all codes, heading the field. Pat Haslam's gelding was disqualified after causing intentional interference at Perth last time and is on a retrieval mission here. While he is still open to improvement over fences, he looks up against it in this. Monkerhostin, the equal of Fiori over hurdles, has yet to convince over fences and has nothing in hand of Bonus Bridge on their running at Warwick. The latter, who was making his chasing debut that day, was returning from was from a lay off and is taken to come out the best of that pair. However, the TEAMtalk vote goes to Midland Flame, who has been something of an under-achiever to date. A failure on soft ground last time, he will be more at home on this faster surface and is taken to win what looks a decent novice chase for the track.