W.L. And Hector Christie Memorial Trophy (Novices' Handicap Chase) 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 11.10s
  • Off time: 15:15:26
Full result
Result 15:15 Catterick
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Brave Spartacus 2/5f
2nd 4 Hoare Abbey 22 15/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 P-411U6
Yellow, Purple star, Yellow sleeves, Purple spots, Yellow cap, Purple stars Lucky Sunny (IRE) 32
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:P Buchanan
  • Form: P-411U6
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
10 166 11-12 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 115 12/1
2 5-PP1F1
White, Royal Blue chevron, Pink cap Brave Spartacus (IRE) (ex7) 9
  • T:K G Reveley
  • J:J Reveley
  • Form: 5-PP1F1
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-9
  • OR: 105
  • Naps:
7 163 11-9 K G Reveley J Reveley 105 2/5f
3 F3P0-51
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Highrate (IRE) 50
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: F3P0-51
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 110 13/2
4 0/757P-F
Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap Hoare Abbey (IRE) 32
  • T:T R George
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 0/757P-F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 T R George P J Brennan 110 15/2
5 56641-4
Royal Blue, Emerald Green stars on sleeves, Yellow cap Reasonable Force 36
  • T:K G Reveley
  • J:Mr Colm Mccormack
  • Form: 56641-4
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 108
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 K G Reveley Mr Colm Mccormack (7) 108 25/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Next To Nowhere (IRE)
  • T:N G Richards
  • J:D C Costello
7 11-6 N G Richards D C Costello 3/1
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In depth

Verdict

The shorter trip is a bit of a concern, as is a penalty, but BRAVE SPARTACUS has now won twice here over fences and seems to have got his act together. He looks the one to beat ahead of stablemate Reasonable Force with Lucky Sunny having lost his way a little lately. Highrate won on his chasing bow at Hexham in November but needs to step up again to follow up here while Hoare Abbey hasn't shown a great deal so far.

Formwatch

Brave Spartacus (IRE) Evensfav (10-13) Made all, mistakes, unextended, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy beating Classical Mist (10-12) by 21l, 6 ran.

Hoare Abbey (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, fell 2nd, in a race won by Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec, 13 ran.

Highrate (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Led, hit and headed 4th, led again 5th, headed before 8th, led again 2 out, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Hexham 2m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov beating Brandon Thomas (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.

Reasonable Force 9-1 (11-0) In touch, chased leaders after 4 out, weakening when not fluent 2 out, 4th of 9, 34l behind Classical Mist (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs in Dec.

Lucky Sunny (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up well in rear, mistake 4th, steady headway headway after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 11, 32l behind Rhymers Ha' (10-9) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.