bet365.com Novices' Chase 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places in the back straight)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 2.40s
- Off time: 12:36:08
|1st||5 Ulysse Collonges||Evsf|
Exotic Man (FR) 556
|7||155 11-1||J Wade||John Dawson (7)||15/2|
Heez A Cracker (FR) 637
|6||155 11-1||T R George||P J Brennan||125||5/4|
Little Jimmy 279
|5||155 11-1||T R Gretton||Felix de Giles||33/1|
Ulysse Collonges (FR) 110
|4||154 11-0||C Grant||D F O'Regan||Evsf|
||8||111||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||NR|
||6||11-9||M Keighley||A P Cawley||3/10|
This is all about whether OVERTURN can safely negotiate these tricky fences. Donald McCain's eight-year-old, winner of the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle around this time last year and a brave second in the Champion Hurdle in March, should win this in a hack canter if the fences don't get in the way. Ulysee Collonges, successful over hurdles and fences in France over the summer, looks the one for forecast-backers as Exotic Man and Heez A Cracker have both been off the track for a while and Little Jimmy has yet to show any sign of ability.
Overturn (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Led, pushed along and joined 2 out, soon headed, kept on under pressure flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Rock On Ruby (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Ulysse Collonges (FR) (10-3) won at Dieppe(FR) 2m 1f 4yo chs hvy in Jul beating Unegarde (10-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Exotic Man (FR) 16-1 (10-6) Held up in touch on outside, challenged 3 out, led approaching 2 out, headed and not fluent at hurdle, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Plan A (11-12) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr '11.
Little Jimmy 100-1 (11-1) Prominent until mistake 3rd, weakened after 5th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Charm School (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Heez A Cracker (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 11th of 17, 36l behind Firm Order (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Feb '11.