Sodexo Prestige Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £18,006 2nd £6,784 3rd £3,395 4th £1,696 5th £851 6th £426 7th £211 8th £109
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 25.40s
  • Off time: 14:05:18
Full result
Result 14:05 Ascot
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Rocky Creek 8/13f
2nd 1 Houblon Des Obeaux 4/1
  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 17:07 GMT

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Sodexho Prestige Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot.

Rocky Creek: Puts Cheltenham credentials on the line
Rocky Creek: Puts Cheltenham credentials on the line

Rocky Creek aims to cement his place at the Cheltenham Festival when he lines up for the Sodexho Prestige Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old has made a promising start to his career over fences, getting within a length and a quarter of Harry Topper on his chasing debut, before beating Molotof at Doncaster and following up in good style at Warwick.

"Whether he's good enough to beat Dynaste in the RSA I doubt, but I'm not rubbishing his form either," said co-owner Andy Stewart.

"We're going to go for the RSA with him anyway. If you look at the Molotof form it has been extremely well franked. Rocky Creek has won well since and Molotof hacked up at Warwick a few days ago.

"The form of Rocky Creek does look rock solid and there is no Dynaste in the race on Saturday."

Tour Des Champs fell at the second-last when in with a chance against Rocky Creek at Warwick.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained six-year-old has since made amends at Ffos Las.

The trainer's jockey son Sam is looking for another big run.

"He's done everything we've asked of him. He was probably a bit unlucky when falling at Warwick," the rider told At The Races.

"He might have struggled to beat Rocky Creek that day, but he would definitely have given him a race."

Aidan Coleman teams up with Houblon Des Obeaux and expects the Venetia Williams-trained gelding to run his usual consistent race.

"He's been a model of consistency all season and ran a good race last time to come third in the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase," the jockey told www.racinguk.com.

"I think the extra distance of this three miles will suit and the slightly sounder surface will be in his favour as he's not a real mudlark."


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