32Red Novices' Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 2.10s
- Off time: 14:11:24
|1st||3 Witness In Court||7/4|
Jet Master (IRE) 19
|8||154 11-0 ht||N W Alexander||B Hughes||127||6/4f|
Reaping The Reward (IRE) 183
|10||154 11-0||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||130||5/2|
Witness In Court (IRE) 76
|7||154 11-0||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||129||7/4|
Lillioftheballet (IRE) 35
|7||147 10-7||J S Goldie||Harry Challoner (5)||81||33/1|
Reaping The Reward beat Strongpoint, who won a valuable handicap hurdle here on New Year's Day, over the smaller obstacles at Perth in July but hasn't been seen since. He's lightly-raced, however, and could easily make a winning start over fences at the age of 10. But we'll give another chance to WITNESS IN COURT, who will surely prove better than he showed when pulled up at Kelso in October. He won between the flags in 2012 and scored over hurdles on soft going. Jet Master will probably find at least one too good again and the mare Lillioftheballet has been out of form for a while.
Witness In Court (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Led, jumped left 1st, set strong pace, headed 11th, weakened after 13th, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Green Flag (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Jet Master (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Close up in last place, chased winner 4 out until ridden 2 out, outpaced from last, last of 3, 14l behind Knock A Hand (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 5f (3) hvy in Dec.
Reaping The Reward (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, not fluent 3 out, led next, clear last, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul beating Strongpoint (11-12) by 13l, 10 ran.
Lillioftheballet (IRE) 18-1 (10-11) In touch, ridden after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 11, 32l behind Pass Muster (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.