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12:50 Newbury

bet365.com Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £15,000 added
  • Winner: £9,384
  • 2nd: £2,772
  • 3rd: £1,386
  • 4th: £693
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 58.84s
  • Off Time: 12:50:42
  • 5 Ran
1st
2/1

      1

      Valdez

      17 D
      2/1
      • Form: 71302-1
      • Age: 6
      • Weight: 11-5
      • Official Rating: 135
      • Trainer: A King
      • Jockey: R Thornton

      held up in rear, headway 7th, tracking leaders when left 2nd 8th, led next, clear before 4 out, went markedly right next, very easily

      2
      • Form: P411F/3
      • Age: 7
      • Weight: 11-0
      • Official Rating: 130
      • Trainer: Ian Williams
      • Jockey: Aidan Coleman

      tracked leader, pecked 2nd, mistake and lost 2nd 5th, chased leading pair, no chance from 4 out, hit 2 out, weakened to modest 4th run in

      3
      5/4
      • Form: 11-
      • Age: 4
      • Weight: 10-11
      • Official Rating: 134
      • Trainer: P F Nicholls
      • Jockey: D A Jacob

      tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5th, travelling well when fell 8th

      4
      • Form: 1320-F1
      • Age: 5
      • Weight: 10-10
      • Official Rating: 126
      • Trainer: C L Tizzard
      • Jockey: J Tizzard

      tracked leaders, not fluent 9th, pushed along outpaced and no chance after 8th, kept on to 3rd run in

      5
      • Form: 5/119-P2
      • Age: 5
      • Weight: 10-9
      • Official Rating: 125
      • Trainer: Nick Williams
      • Jockey: R Johnson

      led, blundered 2nd, headed 9th, chased winner, pushed along and no impression from 4 out

      Previous results

      In depth

      Verdict

      Flaming Charmer beat Un Bon P'tit Gars by nine lengths at Chepstow earlier this month but the runner-up is 11lb better off and may well turn the tables. Valdez was quite impressive when beating more experienced rivals on his chasing bow at Exeter but, with his weight-for-age allowance, BLACK RIVER is receiving 8lb from the top weight and that may be enough to swing things his way. Graham Wylie bought the four-year-old out of Guy Cherel's yard after he won a couple of hurdle races and Paul Nicholls has done well with similar types in the past. Earls Quarter made mistakes when third at Kempton but that was a tough start over fences and he'll have more to offer in the months ahead.

      Formwatch

      Valdez 7-4fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd from 3rd, led 7th, not fluent 3 out, clear last, stayed on, won at Exeter 2m 1f beg chs (4) gs beating The Italian Yob (11-1) by 6l, 8 ran.

      Earls Quarter (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, led, mistake 4th, headed 6th, jumped left after, went badly left and lost 2nd 8th, ridden and no extra in 3rd before 2 out, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Dodging Bullets (11-2) at Kempton 2m beg chs (4) gd in Oct.

      Black River (FR) 4-1 (10-12) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f 4yo hdl hvy in Mar beating Vautour (10-7) by 6l, 14 ran.

      Flaming Charmer (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Prominent, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Chepstow 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy beating Un Bon P'tit Gars (11-5) by 9l, 8 ran.

      Un Bon P'tit Gars (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Led, not fluent 4 out, mistake 3 out, headed 2 out, kept on and held by winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Flaming Charmer (10-9) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy.