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13:35 Newbury

Stanjamesuk.Com Novices' Chase (Registered As The Worcester Novices' Steeple Chase) (Class A)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 3m
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 58.70s
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap
  • Form 110131
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-9

tracked leaders, went 2nd 9th, led 13th, pressed from 2 out, held on gamely flat

3
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE stars, ROYAL BLUE cap, WHITE star

Gielgud

18
16/1
  • Form 002-132
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2

tracked leaders until weakened 8th, lost touch 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 14th

4
Silk - DARK BLUE, GREY sleeves and cap
  • Form 4244P-3
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-2

in rear, blundered 3rd, mistake and lost touch 6th, pulled up before 8th (water)

5
Silk - LIGHT BLUE and ORANGE diamonds, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, ORANGE star
15/8
  • Form 14/123P-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2

held up in touch, headway to chase winner from 13th, challenged under pressure from 2 out, stayed on flat but always just held

6
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars
11/1
  • Form 42/13F-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2

tracked leader, not fluent 8th (water), mistake and lost 2nd at 9th, pulled up before 11th (lame)

7
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots
  • Form 2/2111-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-1

raced keenly, led and clear 3rd, mistake 9th, headed 13th, soon driven and no impression leading pair, continued tailed off

2
NR
  • Form 21-11F1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-9

Nonrunner

In depth

Verdict

Ballycassidy lines up fit and fancied, with Celestial Gold and the reappearing Native Emperor others to consider. Strong Flow was pencilled in here and if turning out after his Hennessey exertions would obviously hold sound claims, but in his likely absence the vote goes to Ballycassidy. Peter Bowen has had a fine season already, thanks mainly to the exploits of Swansea Bay, but Ballycassidy is no back number as shown by his past record. His Aintree victory told us little as Strong Flow came to grief, but the selection was travelling just as well, and who is to say that he would not have prevailed anyway. Richard Johnson knows the horse inside out, having partnered him to seven of his nine career successes, including when he was with Alan King, and will be confident that another visit to the winner's enclosure is on the cards. Former top pointer Celestial Gold got the better of a tremendous battle with Inching Closer up the Towcester hill and is expected to be even better going left-handed according to connections. A tough sort, he will respond well to the McCoy treatment if needed and rates the main danger in our eyes. Native Emperor goes well fresh and looks set for a profitable campaign, so should be followed whatever he does here, but Ballycassidy will do for us.