• 12:45 Ladbrokes John Francome Novices' Chase 2m 7f 86y

  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 54.20s
  • Off time: 12:45:45
12:45 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Elegant Escape (IRE) 5/1
2nd Black Corton (FR) 9/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 211111 Dark blue, royal blue stars, dark blue and red halved sleeves, red cap Black Corton (FR) 14
Distance Winner
6 11-5 t P F Nicholls Bryony Frost 155 1001
2 4577-22 Black, yellow triple diamond, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap Elegant Escape (IRE) 25
5 11-2 C L Tizzard H Cobden 137 1001
3 3111-51 Yellow, Purple stars, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple star Fountains Windfall 11
7 11-2 A J Honeyball Aidan Coleman 1001
4 F43F-11 Maroon and orange diabolo, orange sleeves, maroon cap, orange star Sir Ivan 44
7 11-2 t H Fry N D Fehily 143 1001
5 091-21F ROYAL BLUE, WHITE star, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE stars and stars on cap Wait For Me (FR) 32
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 11-2 ht P J Hobbs R Johnson 1001


Any fears over soft ground concerning BLACK CORTON were dispelled at Cheltenham, where he stayed on too strongly for a couple of well-regarded novices. His winning run will come to an end at some time but he gets on so well with Bryony Frost that the partnership is worth sticking with for now. Fountains Windfall, a progressive staying hurdler in the spring, made a winning start over fences at Southwell and should handle the step up in grade. Sir Ivan has won his last two but this is his toughest task to date while Wait For Me’s jumping remains a concern and he’s never won over a trip this far. Elegant Escape looks held by the selection on collateral form.