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14:20 Newton Abbot

At The Races Sky 415 Novices' Chase (Class 3)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 216y
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £13,800 added
  • Winner: £8,058
  • 2nd: £2,366
  • 3rd: £1,183
  • 4th: £591
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 10.50s
  • Off Time: 14:20:36
  • 4 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - White, Maroon hoops, chevrons on sleeves
4/11
  • Form 2327-81
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 140
  • Trainer A King
  • Jockey Wayne Hutchinson

led, jumped right 1st, hit 2 out, soon ridden, headed flat, not quicken

2
Silk - Black, red sash, old gold sleeves and cap with red peak
  • Form P/PP-3P9
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 84
  • Trainer Miss J Du Plessis
  • Jockey James Best

chased leader to 2nd, held up in touch, outpaced 10th, no chance from 11th, tailed off

4
Silk - Purple, mauve epaulets, grey sleeves
  • Form 931P5-5
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 105
  • Trainer D L Williams
  • Jockey James Bowen

held up in rear, outpaced 10th, no chance from 11th, tailed off

5
Silk - Black, Yellow seams, Black and White striped sleeves, Black cap, Yellow star

Drinks Interval

29 t CD
9/4
  • Form F334-02
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-5
  • Official Rating 125
  • Trainer C L Tizzard
  • Jockey T Scudamore

not fluent 1st, chased leader from 2nd, challenged 3 out, soon pushed along, led flat, ridden and ran on

3
NR
66/1
  • Form 67/PPP5-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 67
  • Trainer Mark Gillard
  • Jockey J M Davies

NonRunner

In depth

Verdict

THE UNIT appeared to relish the return to steeplechasing when outclassing his field in style at Hexham. Overall, the opposition was not of the highest standard but he jumped and travelled fluently and the runner-up is a decent fencing prospect. It will be disappointing if he cannot follow up as his overall chasing form is the best on offer by far. Drinks Interval ran well in a competitive Aintree hurdle last month, is an interesting recruit to the larger obstacles and looks the only real danger granted a clear round first time over fences. Mister Mister is next best but it's hard to see him being good enough to trouble the principals.

Formwatch

The Unit (IRE) 4-9fav (10-12) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 10th, not fluent 12th, challenged last, led flat, ridden clear, won at Hexham 2m 4f (4) gd in Jun beating Jacks Last Hope (11-4) by 5l, 8 ran.

Brandy And Red (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 5th, soon chasing leaders, weakened 4 out, 9th of 11, dist behind Auenwirbel (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jun.

Mister Mister (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, soon driven, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 7, dist behind Jaleo (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f (4) gd in Jun.

Drinks Interval 4-1 (12-1) Tracked leaders, switched outside before 2 out, went 2nd and challenged between last 2, led last, soon ridden, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Final Reminder (11-0) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Jun.

Kostaquarta (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Led, jumped left 2nd, slow and headed next, lost place 7th, not fluent 9th, mistake when weakening 4 out, mistake 3 out, 5th of 6, 37 1/4l behind Finnegan's Garden (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp (5) hvy in Apr.