Downton Novices' Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 12 runners)
- Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 35.00s
- Off time: 14:10:06
|1st||2 Big News||10/3|
|2nd||13 Storm Survivor||s.h||9/1|
Reginaldinho (UAE) 7
|7||161 11-7||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||109||11/8f|
Big News 7
|7||154 11-0 t||R Lee||M G Nolan (5)||110||10/3|
Danandy (IRE) 32
|6||154 11-0 b1||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||110||25/1|
Helium (FR) 36
|8||154 11-0||Mrs S Leech||Paul Moloney||110||40/1|
Little Chip (IRE) 12
|6||154 11-0||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||107||25/1|
Midnight Dove 42
|8||154 11-0||A E Price||R T Dunne (3)||100||100/1|
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 20
|7||154 11-0||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||110||8/1|
Red Rouble (IRE) 40
|8||154 11-0||N A Twiston-Davies||Mr R Hatch (7)||108||16/1|
Richmond (FR) 60
|8||154 11-0||Ian Williams||D A Jacob||109||20/1|
Samenerve (FR) 67
|6||154 11-0 t||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||110||12/1|
Smart Act (IRE) 26
|7||154 11-0||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||105||66/1|
Storm Survivor (IRE) 25
|7||154 11-0 p||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||110||9/1|
||8||D W P Arbuthnot||Tom Cannon||106||NR|
Storm Survivor has had five runs over fences without showing any ability but was the surprise winner of a decent contest over hurdles at Doncaster in December so may be capable of better. Smart Act showed promise over hurdles but was well beaten on his chasing debut and may need more experience. Samenerve was having his 14th start over fences when landing a minor handicap at Towcester and has since been pulled up at Newcastle and though winning point-to-pointer and bumper Danandy was always likely to do better when tackling regulation fences his two latest runs over hurdles offer little encouragement. Big News is bred to be a staying chaser so his debut run over fences over the minimum trip here last week was very encouraging and he looks the main threat to REGINALDHINO, who has won two Leicester handicaps in effortless style and looks to have more improvement in him.
Preuty Boy (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Raced wide, held up in last pair, slow 4th, headway 6th, went 3rd 4 out, outpaced when hit last, stayed on again flat, took 2nd final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Ringa Bay (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Big News 40-1 (10-9) Mid-division, badly outpaced after 8th, 6th and plenty to
Storm Survivor (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden 8th, no extra 2 out, 6th of 18, 17l behind Ely Brown (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Richmond (FR) 12-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, pushed along after 5th, behind 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Reginaldinho (UAE) 3-1fav (11-11) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway after 4th, jumped left next, ridden after 10th, led after 3 out, clear before last, eased towards finish, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan beating Trojan Sun (11-12) by 6l, 10 ran.
Little Chip (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Keep Kicking (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Danandy (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up last, in a race won by Gevrey Chambertin (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Midnight Dove 25-1 (10-11) In rear, went 3rd when mistake 9th, 6 lengths off leaders when fell 11th, in a race won by Grouse Lodge (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up in touch in mid-division, ridden after 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, no impression after, 5th of 13, 20l behind Master Of The Sea (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Red Rouble (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Chased leaders until mistake 5th, soon lost place and never going after, lost touch 6th, went left 8th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Tafika (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Samenerve (FR) 5-2fav (11-7) With leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mcmurrough (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Smart Act (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd until 4th, weakened before 7th, 4th of 5, 37l behind Shadows Lengthen (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan.
Helium (FR) 7-1 (11-11) Prominent, led 7th, ridden and headed next, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 15l behind Fine Kingdom (10-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.