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14:30 Newbury

Western Daily Press Club Novices' Handicap Chase (Class D)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f 110y
  • Going: Heavy
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 1.10s
  • 8 Ran
1
  • Form: 33-4021
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 12-1
  • Trainer: R Stronge
  • Jockey: S Stronge

always prominent, led after 4 out, not fluent next, clear last, ran on well

2

Helvetius

59 D
12/1
  • Form: 8-51254
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Trainer: P Ritchens
  • Jockey: L Vickers

tracked leaders, challenged approaching 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on

4
  • Form: 5-61341
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-9
  • Trainer: R Rowe
  • Jockey: M A Fitzgerald

held up, mistake 12th, headway and not fluent next, ridden approaching 3 out, no impression

6
  • Form: F42-PF1
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Trainer: O Sherwood
  • Jockey: Jimmy McCarthy

led, mistake and headed 4 out, soon ridden, weakened approaching 2 out

7

Imago II (FR)

16 b BF
5/1
  • Form: 1/340-P9
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Jockey: A P McCoy

held up, not fluent 7th (water), mistake 10th, ridden approaching 4 out, soon weakened

8
  • Form: 437/009-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12
  • Trainer: Miss Jacqueline S Doyle
  • Jockey: T Doyle

chased leaders, ridden approaching 4 out, soon weakened

9
7/1
  • Form: 3833F4/
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Trainer: A King
  • Jockey: R Thornton

in touch, mistake 11th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 4 out

10
  • Form: 5FF2-P5
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-10
  • Trainer: J Old
  • Jockey: L P Aspell

in touch when blundered and unseated rider 6th

3
NR
  • Form: 733P20-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-10
  • Trainer: T R George
  • Jockey: C Llewellyn

5
NR
  • Form: 1330-23
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • Trainer: E James
  • Jockey: N D Fehily

In depth

Verdict

A trappy race. Cool Investment will need to be a good horse to conceed weight all round in this affair. Successful in a hot race at Warwick last Saturday, he did seem to handle cut in the ground over hurdles but that welter-burden is more than a little off-putting. Helvetius bombed on his sole start on heavy ground and he is readily opposed. Lord 'N' Master has an encouraging jockey booking but has yet to trouble the judge on this surface. Our selection is Sunshine Leader. Admittedly she produced a very moderate run at Folkestone but she had caught the eye on her chasing debut. Given that she was a fair handicapper on soft ground over hurdles, we'll keep faith with Ed James' charge. A watching brief is kept on Perk Alert. A fair hurdler over three miles, it is interesting that connections have chosen to persevere after such a long absence.