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12:55 Newbury

bet365 Novices' Chase (Registered As The Worcester Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) (Class 1)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 86y
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £35,000 added
  • Winner: £19,932
  • 2nd: £7,480
  • 3rd: £3,745
  • 4th: £1,866
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 46.30s
  • Off Time: 12:55:34
  • 5 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - Dark blue, red chevron, armlets and diamond on cap
7/1
  • Form 021-P31
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 133

sometimes jumped right, chased winner until 7th, chased leading pair, outpaced 10th, rallied into 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, hit last

2
Silk - Orange, Black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves
1/8
  • Form 1111-11
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-9

jumped well, made all, unchallenged

3
Silk - YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star
6/1
  • Form 4/23518-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2

chased leading pair, went 2nd 7th, pushed along before 4 out, no impression when lost 2nd 2 out, plugged on same pace in 3rd

4
Silk - Mauve and black (quartered), mauve sleeves, white cap
  • Form 1290-B5
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 130

often jumped right, soon well adrift in rear, tailed off 8th, went poor 4th before 14th

5
Silk - Red and white check, white sleeves, red stars, white cap, red star
100/1
  • Form 210275
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2

tracked leading trio, challenging for 3rd when hit 12th, weakening when mistake next, lost poor 4th before next, tailed off when blundered 3 out, pulled up before next

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In depth

Verdict

THISTLECRACK has barely touched a twig in chasing victories at Chepstow and Cheltenham and it will a huge shock if the current Gold Cup favourite doesn't complete his hat-trick over the larger obstacles here. Bigbadjohn only won a match here earlier in the month but jumped well in the main and he should be in the frame. Ibis Du Rheu won the Martin Pipe at The Festival in March but is rated 27lb lower than the selection over hurdles and gets only 7lb here.

Formwatch

Bigbadjohn (IRE) 7-4 (11-7) Mostly jumped well, made all, pushed along after 4 out, slight peck 3 out, 5 lengths ahead last, kept on strongly unchallenged, won at Newbury 2m 6f (3) gd in Nov beating Our Kaempfer (11-7) by 6l, 2 ran.

Thistlecrack 1-7fav (11-5) Led to after 1st, led again 3rd to next, tracked leader, blundered 5th, regained lead after 10th, soon clear, reduced advantage 3 out, drew clear again before next, unextended, won at Cheltenham 3m (2) gs in Nov beating Marinero (11-5) by 3 3/4l, 4 ran.

Ibis Du Rheu (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 3 out, ridden and no impression after next, well held when hampered last, 8th of 22, 28 1/2l behind Party Rock (10-8) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (1) gs in Apr.

Pinnacle Panda (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Held up, towards rear, not fluent 3rd, steady headway 8th, outpaced when blundered 4 out, plugged on into modest 5th last, 5th of 12, 8 1/4l behind Cusheen Bridge (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Nov.

Tajseer (USA) 16-1 (11-10) Led, headed before 2 out, weakened from last, 5th of 7, 14 1/4l behind Peruvien Bleu (11-6) at Towcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.