Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Novices' Chase 2m 5f
- (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 3, 3 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 43.20s
- Off time: 13:30:29
|1st||2 The Druids Nephew||2/1|
Grandioso (IRE) 30
|6||159 11-5 t||P F Nicholls||Ryan Mahon (3)||132||11/4|
The Druids Nephew (IRE) 40
|6||152 10-12||Andrew Turnell||James Banks (7)||133||2/1|
Tony Star (FR) 56
|6||152 10-12||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||140||11/10f|
||9||10-12||J Scott||Matt Griffiths||8/1|
Only three runners in this but it could still prove an informative race. Grandioso made a winning start over fences over C&D last month but was inferior to today's rivals over hurdles. The Druids Nephew has already shown promise over fences, only going by a nose at Ascot before finishing third at Kempton, but we'll take TONY STAR to complete a quick double for Philip Hobbs and Tom O'Brien. He was plunged in at the deep end over fences behind Houblon Des Obeaux in a Grade 2 here in November but acquitted himself well and that experience won't have been lost on the six-year-old.
The Druids Nephew (IRE) 13-8fav (11-2) Led, jumped left 7th, mistake 13th, headed 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind So Fine (11-2) at Kempton 3m beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Grandioso (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mistake 1st, held up in 5th, headway to track leader from 11th, challenged and bumped 3 out, led next, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m 5f beg chs (3) sft in Dec beating Coole River (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Tony Star (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Held up, headway 3rd, challenged 10th, 3rd when not fluent 4 out, not fluent 3 out, no extra flat, 4th of 8, 10l behind Houblon Des Obeaux (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov.