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  • 14:40 Star Sports Kingmaker Novices' Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) (2m) £40,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.30s
  • Off time: 14:40:25

Full result

14:40 Warwick Result 8th February 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Balder Succes (FR) 11-7 Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 6/5f
With leader, led 7 out, ridden before last, kept on well opened 11/8 touched 11/8 £625-£500 £500-£400
2nd Brick Red 11-4 L Treadwell Miss V Williams 7 5/2
Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd 6 out, kept on and always held by winner opened 5/2 touched 5/2
3rd 34 Valco De Touzaine (FR) 11-2 Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 5 3/1
Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and one pace before 2 out opened 3/1 touched 7/2
4th Lord Of House (GER) 11-4 M D Grant C J Mann 6 9/1
Led, headed 7 out, lost place 6 out opened 15/2 touched 9/1
5th 32 Tchang Goon (FR) 11-0 Mr H G Miller Miss Z C Davison 10 200/1
In rear, pushed along before 7 out, soon tailed off opened 200/1 touched 200/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£2.40
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00

Placepot: £23.90, Pool: £106047.7, 3235.6 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.80, Pool: £4851.6, 301.8 winning tickets


This was Alan King's third success in this race with his previous winner, Voy Por Ustedes, going on to win the Arkle. BALDER SUCCES deserves his place in the line-up for that Festival contest after this smooth success which confirmed the promise of his early efforts over fences. An unlucky faller (when blinded by the sun) at Cheltenham in October, he failed to run his race in the Grade Two Henry VIII when helping to set a furious gallop while the race also came at a time when the first signs of his stable's ill-health began to emerge. He settled far better here despite again having company for the lead and his jumping also stood up to the test as well. Brick Red threw down a strong and sustained challenge but never looked like getting past and he appeared to win with something up his sleeve. He was a good bit shy of the best over hurdles and the same is true over fences thus far but it would be wrong to assume that he can't bridge the gap and a price of 20/1 is perfectly fair for those willing to take a chance although his trainer did suggest that he could be kept back for Aintree and Punchestown. He held off an in-form and progressive rival who had conditions in his favour in Brick Red and this was another likeable performance from the runner-up. Rated 4lbs inferior to the winner an in receipt of 3lbs, he looks to have run right up to form and just bumped into a better rival. He is a sound jumped and assuming that little alteration is made to his handicap mark for this run, he would look a big player in handicap company granted similar conditions. Valco De Touzaine is thought to need better ground than this so this performance is easy enough to excuse. The run certainly won't have done his handicap mark any harm and he'll have picked up some valuable experience; he's not one to forget about when, if, the conditions dry out in the spring. Lord Of House is a confirmed mudlark but was found out in this stronger race and will prove more competitive when returned to a handicap.