Aspers Casino Northampton Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 3f 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,339 2nd £687 3rd £343 4th £172
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 20.70s
- Off time: 13:01:58
Armedanddangerous (IRE) 28
|7||166 11-12||T R Gretton||Felix de Giles||98||9/4f|
Truckers Benefit (IRE) 26
|7||164 11-10 t||Tim Vaughan||R J Killoran||96||3/1|
|8||158 11-4||A W Carroll||Lee Edwards||90||11/1|
Ibn Hiyyan (USA) 22
|5||158 11-4||Ferdy Murphy||Tony Kelly (5)||90||11/4|
Roseini (IRE) 18
|6||150 10-10||A W Carroll||Mr J Hamer (7)||82||11/2|
Photogenique (FR) 123
|9||140 10-0||B R Summers||James Best (5)||61||16/1|
Ibn Hiyyan won in this grade at Hexham on his reappearance but that's not much of a recommendation. Truckers Benefit weakened quickly at Plumpton last time while Mujamead lacks a recent run and stablemate Roseini never threatened over 3m at Lingfield recently having won a mares' hurdle here previously. ARMEDANDDANGEROUS was much too keen on his chasing debut at Wetherby and was tailed off but that was a much better contest than this and Tom Gretton's lightly-raced gelding has won over 2m4f over hurdles which suggests he'll last home here if settling better. The top weight gets a tentative vote.
Armedanddangerous (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened from 9th, 5th of 7, well behind Rose Of The Moon (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Nov.
Photogenique (FR) 150-1 (10-2) Prominent, not fluent 5th, lost place before 10th, weakened 14th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Danimix (10-11) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in Jul.
Roseini (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Soon well adrift, went modest 4th after 4 out, disputing well held 3rd when bumped and stumbled 3 out, soon no extra in 4th, 4th of 6, well behind Ahwaak (10-1) at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Ibn Hiyyan (USA) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway before 6th, went 3rd before 2 out, led before last, kept on, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Panthers Run (10-6) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Mujamead 12-1 (10-8) In touch, chased leaders briefly 4th, weakened well before next, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Granville Island (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Truckers Benefit (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Held up, headway when not fluent 4 out, ridden in 4th when mistake 2 out, pressed for 2nd last, no impression on winner, 4th of 7, 13l behind Bally Gunner (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.