Scottish Future Champions Novices' Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 3, 4 runners)
- Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 33.60s
- Off time: 14:00:51
|1st||3 Viva Colonia||9/2|
Desert Cry (IRE) 32
|7||162 11-8||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||139||5/1|
Tap Night (USA) 32
|6||158 11-4||Miss Lucinda V Russell||B J Geraghty||4/7f|
Viva Colonia (IRE) 30
|8||158 11-4||B Ellison||Danny Cook||135||9/2|
|7||152 10-12 t||J M Jefferson||Harry Haynes||17/2|
Bold Sir Brian (IRE)
||6||11-8||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||11/10|
TAP NIGHT is proving a real money-spinner and had no trouble justifying short odds on his chasing bow at Ayr. He's already won twice over this distance over hurdles and can improve his strike-rate further by landing this ahead of the hat-trick-seeking Desert Cry, who isn't certain to stay this trip, and Viva Colonia. Brian Ellison's gelding had his course and distance victory franked when the runner-up won at Towcester earlier this week however. Attaglance would have been a threat to all had this been over hurdles but last year's Cheltenham and Aintree winner has disappointed over fences so far.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 5 out, mistake and led 3 out, clear before last, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Jan beating Sydney Paget (11-0) by 10l, 8 ran.
Desert Cry (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Held up in 4th, mistake 7th, headway next, led 2 out, ridden out, won at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan beating Kudu Country (11-11) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Attaglance 11-1 (11-0) Tracked clear pair, never dangerous, 3rd of 4, well behind Overturn (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) gs in Jan.
Tap Night (USA) 4-9fav (11-0) Held up in 4th, closed 8th, soon went 3rd, shaken up after jumping slightly slowly 3 out, picked up well and led on bit after next, eased clear from last, won at Ayr 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Jan beating Un Guet Apens (10-10) by 5l, 4 ran.