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  • Towton Test For Super Duty

totepool.com Towton Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m 1f

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £17,370 2nd £6,518 3rd £3,264 4th £1,626 5th £817 6th £409
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 48.30s
  • Off time: 15:20:39
Full result
Result 15:20 Wetherby
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Goulanes 12/5f
2nd 3 Super Duty hd 5/2
  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 16:49 GMT

View from connections ahead of Saturday's totepool.com Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby.

Super Duty: Faces small but select field at Wetherby
Super Duty: Faces small but select field at Wetherby

Super Duty features among seven declarations for Saturday's totepool.com Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby.

Donald McCain's charge won at Cheltenham on his last start in December ad the trainer said: "Super Duty is in grand form at the moment and I am very happy with him.

"I always thought he would make a better chaser and the Towton looks the obvious race to go for before we decide what we are doing at Cheltenham. He is a better horse on better ground but he has been winning on soft ground so it shouldn't stop him unduly."

The forecast favourite is likely to only face five rivals as Houblon Des Obeaux has the race as a second preference.

There are still dangers aplenty though including Restless Harry, who reverts to novice company having run in the Betfred Classic Chase last time, and David Pipe's Goulanes, making his chasing debut after winning his only two starts in Britain over hurdles.

Local handler Sue Smith, who was the leading trainer at Wetherby last season, will be represented by progressive seven-year-old Fill The Power.

The gelding runs in the same colours as Wetherby specialist Mister McGoldrick did and, after scoring on his chase debut at Sedgefield in May, he hasn't finished out of the first three in four subsequent starts.

Smith's husband Harvey said: "Fill The Power is in good form and we are hoping there is more to come from him because he is progressing well. He ran a good race last time and will see out the trip all right."

Tim Walford's promising Fentara completes the field.

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