Pinsent Masons Manifesto Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner £50,643 2nd £19,080 3rd £9,549 4th £4,770 5th £2,394 6th £1,197 7th £594 8th £306
- Going: Good (National Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 2.18s
- Off time: 16:50:24
|2nd||3 Oscar Whisky||1½||7/4f|
Dodging Bullets 23
|6||158 11-4||P F Nicholls||S Twiston-Davies||156||9/1|
Fox Appeal (IRE) 40
|7||158 11-4||Miss E C Lavelle||Aidan Coleman||151||11/2|
Oscar Whisky (IRE) 21
|9||158 11-4 t||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||156||7/4f|
Uxizandre (FR) 21
|6||158 11-4 p||A King||A P McCoy||153||11/4|
Western Warhorse (IRE) 23
|6||158 11-4 h||D Pipe||T Scudamore||161||4/1|
Captain Conan (FR)
||6||11-4||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||6/5|
Western Warhorse had Dodging Bullets five lengths adrift when springing a surprise in the Arkle. He'd won earlier over a longer trip at Doncaster so the step up in distance won't be a problem for David Pipe's exciting novice. OSCAR WHISKY must have a great chance if his jumping doesn't let him down again however. He fell at the first in a race at Cheltenham in which Uxizandre eventually finished a gallant second to Taquin De Seuil but is normally a safe conveyance who had the class to win an Aintree Hurdle here two years ago and his yard has won this twice in the last four years. Fox Appeal is a smart novice but may just come up short in this company.
Uxizandre (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Led 1st, driven clear after 3 out to next, soon hard pressed, ridden last, kept on under pressure until headed narrowly and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Oscar Whisky (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) In touch when fell 1st, in a race won by Taquin Du Seuil (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Western Warhorse (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Led to 2nd remained in touch, outpaced in 5th before 3 out, rallied after next, ridden and stayed on to challenge flat, led post, won at Cheltenham 2m nov chs G1 (1) gs in Mar beating Champagne Fever (11-4) by hd, 9 ran.
Fox Appeal (IRE) 5-4fav (11-7) Chased leader, hit 6th, challenged 11th, led 3 out, ridden and narrowly headed 2 out, chased winner and every chance until the last, stayed on same pace flat, just held on for 2nd, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Balder Succes (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Dodging Bullets 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway on inside 3 out, driven before next, ridden last, kept on same pace, no impression in 4th flat, 4th of 9, 5l behind Western Warhorse (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs G1 (1) gs in Mar.