Magners Golden Draught Novices' Chase 2m 2f

  • (5yo+, 2m 2f, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 41.00s
  • Off time: 14:31:08
Full result
Result 14:30 Market Rasen
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Gallox Bridge 7/4f
2nd 4 Volcan Surprise 14 11/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 42/241-3
BLACK, WHITE hoops, EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap Avoca Promise (IRE) 38
  • T:C R Egerton
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 42/241-3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 C R Egerton S Twiston-Davies 125 85/40
2 811U-24
Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Gallox Bridge 53
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 811U-24
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0t
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 t Tim Vaughan R Johnson 118 7/4f
3 43200-3
Mauve and Black (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap, Mauve diamond Megastar 11
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 43200-3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 G L Moore J E Moore 125 3/1
4 22324-P
Purple, primrose diamond, collar and sleeves, quartered cap Volcan Surprise (FR) 70
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
  • Form: 22324-P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
5 152 10-12 A King W Hutchinson 115 11/1
5 63-4534
Black and Red (quartered), White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Countess Comet (IRE) 41
  • T:C C Bealby
  • J:T Messenger
  • Form: 63-4534
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-7p
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
6 147 10-7 p C C Bealby T Messenger 115 10/1

In depth

Verdict

MEGASTAR was runner-up to Owen Glendower at Huntingdon on his last start over fences a year ago. The winner went on to be placed at the Cheltenham Festival and Gary Moore's charge has returned to form lately himself with a win on the Polytrack and a third in a well-contested jumpers' bumper at Kempton. He is fancied to come out on top here ahead of the five-year-old Volcan Surprise, who has proved a little disappointing over hurdles but may well be invigorated by a switch to fences. Avoca Promise is also worthy of a mention as he didn't run badly when third to Module at Newbury and Charlie Egerton's eight-year-old is preferred to Gallox Bridge and the mare Countess Comet.

Formwatch

Gallox Bridge 10-1 (10-9) Led, ridden after 2 out, headed between last 2, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat, 4th of 17, 20l behind Dark Lover (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.

Volcan Surprise (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Seedsman (11-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov, 10 ran.

Megastar 6-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Sam Winner (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.

Avoca Promise (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leading trio, blundered 9th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on under pressure approaching last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Module (11-0) at Newbury 2m 2f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.

Countess Comet (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Tracked leader, led soon after 3 out, ridden and headed next, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 13l behind Saints And Sinners (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.