Heart Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 23.50s
- Off time: 14:41:27
|1st||4 Upton Mead||11/8f|
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 13
|9||166 11-12 b1||D Pipe||T Scudamore||104||7/4|
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 22
|8||159 11-5 b1||Dr R D P Newland||J E Moore||97||3/1|
|10||147 10-7 p||Miss Z C Davison||Gemma Gracey-davison (5)||85||14/1|
Upton Mead (IRE) (ex7) 5
|6||143 10-3||K Tork||Mr C P Shoemark (7)||74||11/8f|
||7||12-2||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||1/3|
UPTON MEAD scored from out of the handicap here and showed it was no fluke when defying a 5lb rise at Fontwell last week. His 7lb penalty is taken care of by Conor Shoemark's claim and another victory looks on the cards. Callhimwhatyouwant is a three-times winner between the flags but has shown nothing under Rules and was tailed off when third at Ffos Las last month. Shropshirelass has won over hurdles on this track but is still a maiden over fences and would appreciate quicker ground. Quinte du Chatelet was rated 125 over hurdles at one stage but hasn't been running well over timber or fences for some time and, though he's dropped into a lowly grade and now blinkered, it's difficult to side with him until showing signs of a revival.
Upton Mead (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, went 3rd at 8th, went 2nd under pressure 2 out, got through on inside to lead final 120 yards, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs beating Chestnut Ben (11-10) by 4l, 9 ran.
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Not always fluent and jumped left, tracked leaders, went 2nd 8th, mistake and weakened 3 out, 3rd of 7, well behind Material Boy (11-3) at Ffos Las 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 10-3fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, mistake and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Great's Autrechene (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Feb, 10 ran.
Shropshirelass 25-1 (10-6) Prominent, ridden after 2 out (normal 3 out), weakened approaching last, last of 8, 30l behind Wily Fox (11-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.