15:15 Newbury

Focus Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f 93y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £8,035 added
  • Winner: £4,289
  • 2nd: £1,259
  • 3rd: £630
  • 4th: £350
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 55.30s
  • Off Time: 15:15:41
  • 7 Ran
Silk -
Silk - Yellow, light green cross belts, black sleeves

Hey Bud

  • Form 7331-9U
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-1
  • Official Rating 122

raced keenly, patiently ridden in rear, steady headway 10th, closer in 4th after 13th, stayed on same pace 2 out, weakened last

Silk - Dark Blue and White stripes, halved sleeves
  • Form 2-34413
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 118

chased leaders and jumped right on occasions, chased leaders, plugged on from 2 out

Silk - Emerald Green, White braces, Orange cap
  • Form 1/P-3221
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 116

raced keenly, held up in last pair, dropped to rear 10th, headway before 3 out, 2nd after 3 out, stayed on to lead run-in

Silk - Emerald green, red spots, armlets and spots on cap
  • Form 73332P
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 115

chased leaders, pushed along before 13th, ridden and weakened before next, tailed off

Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow sleeves, Dark Blue and Red striped cap
  • Form 1250/4-6
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 112

chased leader, led before 7th (water), headed 12th, chased leader until soon after 3 out, outpaced before next, plugged on run-in

Silk - Dark blue, light blue epaulets, light blue sleeves, dark blue armlets
  • Form 794-116
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 110

held up I n last trio, reminders after 8th, weakened before 13th, tailed off

Silk - Orange, black stars, chevrons on sleeves, orange cap, black star
  • Form 891282
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 107

led until before 7th (water), in front again 12th, joined last, headed run-in, stayed on

Previous results

In depth


FINANCIAL OUTCOME (NAP) won easily at Doncaster and was still travelling strongly when blundering 4 out at Uttoxeter. His conditional rider lost his irons so all chance was lost but Adam Wedge, who has ridden him three times in the past, is back on board today. Nativegetaway was going well before being pulled up over a trip too far at Exeter in December while Indian Brave came good at Chepstow, though is 6lb higher now. Hey Bud may need more experience but Linenhall is capable of better and may have more scope than Pres and Elite Guard.


Hey Bud 7-1 (12-0) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, unseated rider 7th, at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Jan.

Financial Outcome (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Disputed lead until blundered badly and good recovery by rider 4 out, never able to get back on terms, well held in 3rd from next, 3rd of 5, 12 1/2l behind Fortescue (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.

Indian Brave (IRE) 4-1jfav (11-12) Always well placed, led going well 2 out, hard ridden on long run-in, just held on (last fence in home straight and old water jump in back straight omitted), won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Jan beating On The Road (11-7) by hd, 10 ran.

Nativegetaway (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inside, lost place after 13th, lost touch before next, tailed off when pulled up before 15th, at Exeter 3m 7f hcp (3) sft in Dec.

Linenhall (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Soon behind, struggling 6th, never involved, 6th of 8, 37 1/4l behind Django Django (11-12) at Newbury 2m 7f hcp (3) hvy in Jan.

Elite Garde (FR) 4-1 (11-2) Hampered 1st, held up, headway chasing leaders 6th, ridden and weakened in back straight, tailed off, 6th of 10, dist behind Manofthemountain (11-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Dec.

Pres (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, closer on outside 3 out (normal 4 out), went 2nd at the last, stayed on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 3 1/4l behind Ask The Weatherman (11-13) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp (4) hvy in Jan.