CGA Foxhunter Trial (Open Hunters' Chase) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 6, 4 runners)
  • Winner £988 2nd £304 3rd £152
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 49.60s
  • Off time: 16:15:24
Full result
Result 16:15 Huntingdon
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 4 Tricky Trickster 4/5f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 3/2FP2-1
Light green, white stars on sleeves, purple cap, white stars Flaming Gorge (IRE) 268
  • T:Mrs F Hawes
  • J:Mr M Ennis
  • Form: 3/2FP2-1
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 12-2
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
8 170 12-2 Mrs F Hawes Mr M Ennis (5) 127 9/4
2 12-2P21
Maroon, dark blue diamond, hooped sleeves and cap Start Royal (FR) 25
  • T:A Hill
  • J:Mr W Biddick
  • Form: 12-2P21
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 12-2
  • OR: 107
  • Naps:
9 170 12-2 A Hill Mr W Biddick 107 9/2
3 3-4P754
LIGHT BLUE, maroon seams, striped cap Rathcor 60
  • T:S Rea
  • J:Miss H Lewis
  • Form: 3-4P754
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
11 166 11-12 S Rea Miss H Lewis (7) 112 12/1
4 199P5F/
Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Tricky Trickster (IRE) 691
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Mr Steven Clements
  • Form: 199P5F/
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
10 166 11-12 P F Nicholls Mr Steven Clements (3) 137 4/5f

In depth

Verdict

TRICKY TRICKSTER's last run was in the 2011 Midlands National but he's been out hunting and Paul Nicholls wouldn't have brought back the former Aon Chase winner if he didn't think he could pick up a race or two at this level. The 10-year-old should see off his three rivals with Flaming Gorge probably the one for forecast-backers. A former Nicholls inmate, he was only beaten two lengths by Hunt Ball in a handicap at Wincanton around this time last year. Start Royal won a point-to-point last month and will ensure there is no hanging about but Rathcor may be found wanting.

Formwatch

Tricky Trickster (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Mid-division, fell 2nd, in a race won by Minella Four Star (9-9) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar '11, 17 ran.

Flaming Gorge (IRE) 2-11fav (10-12) Made virtually all, reached for and breasted 8th fence,had a good look at passing stables before 13th and niggled along, not fluent 16th, came clear next, virtually pulled up flat, won at Wincanton 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs in May beating Solitary Palm (10-12) by 32l, 3 ran.

Rathcor 6-1 (11-0) Hdwy 7; wknd app 2 out, 4th of 15, 22l behind Promising Anshan (11-0) at Point-to-Point Owners & Riders 3m ptp gs in Dec.

Start Royal (FR) 2-5 (11-7) Made all; drvn out, won at Dunston Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan beating Citizens Arrest (11-0) by 3l, 6 ran.