Groby Novices' Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 8.00s
- Off time: 15:15:28
|1st||3 Arthur's Pass||7/1|
|2nd||1 Prince Of Dreams||2½||9/2|
Prince Of Dreams 30
|6||166 11-12||E De Giles||L Treadwell||115||9/2|
Jack The Gent (IRE) 11
|9||165 11-11||G M Moore||F Keniry||114||17/2|
Arthur's Pass 40
|9||161 11-7||T R George||L Heard||110||7/1|
Theodore Lamb 68
|8||160 11-6||P R Webber||D Elsworth||109||8/1|
Amuse Me 20
|7||160 11-6||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||109||33/1|
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 13
|8||160 11-6||O Sherwood||L P Aspell||109||9/4f|
To Live (FR) 30
|6||158 11-4||N J Gifford||A P McCoy||107||11/4|
||10||10-13||A W Carroll||Lee Edwards||12/1|
PRINCE OF DREAMS had shown only the occasional sign of ability before his latest start at Warwick where he would have won but for falling at the last. To add insult to injury he's been raised 5lb but still looks too good for these rivals. Rouge Et Blanc was also raised the same amount for finishing runner-up at Ascot but failed to take advantage of his previous mark when runner-up in a four-runner event at Wincanton. Jack The Gent prefers quicker ground but To Live won a strong event over hurdles on soft going at Auteuil and makes his handicap debut from a very lowly mark so must be considered.
Arthur's Pass 10-1 (11-0) Blundered first, in touch in rear, ridden 7th, soon weakened, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Majala (11-0) at Taunton 2m beg chs (3) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Prince Of Dreams 13-2 (11-0) Prominent on outside, jumped right, led 7th, 2 lengths ahead when fell last, in a race won by Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 11-10fav (9-9) Led, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Rody (11-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Jackies Solitaire (9-13) at Catterick 2m beg chs (3) hvy in Dec.
To Live (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 13, 12l behind Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Theodore Lamb 5-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, in rear from 4th, weakened before 3 out and tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Be Definite (11-9) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Amuse Me 50-1 (11-9) Led until 5th (water), chased leaders until weakened 10th, soon tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Sustainability (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.