Enjoy The Cheltenham Festival With bookmakers.co.uk Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £4,029 2nd £1,183 3rd £591 4th £296
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 4.40s
- Off time: 14:20:36
|1st||2 Tiny Dancer||9/5f|
|2nd||6 One In A Row||1¾||12/1|
Talkin Thomas (IRE) 89
|8||166 11-12||N G Richards||Brian Harding||110||11/4|
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 6
|6||164 11-10||G A Swinbank||P J Brennan||108||9/5f|
Ravens Brook (IRE) 59
|8||163 11-9 p||R Lee||M G Nolan (3)||107||4/1|
Teo Vivo (FR) 89
|7||156 11-2||J Ewart||R McGrath||100||11/1|
Uppercut De L'orne (FR) 34
|6||152 10-12||D McCain Jnr||A P Lane||96||7/1|
One In A Row (IRE) 11
|7||140 10-0||A Crook||J Kington (3)||84||12/1|
Ravens Brook was the very easy winner of a poor handicap at Bangor in December but went up 9lb and ran poorly at Wetherby the following month. Tiny Dancer came home virtually alone at Ayr a month ago but blundered his way around Catterick last time and was beaten a long way. Teo Vivo ran a shocker at Newcastle when last seen in December and is well held by TALKIN THOMAS on that run. The latter could do with a drop in the weights but this is a poor contest and he's taken to come out on top. Winning point-to-pointer Uppercut De L'Orne has shown nothing so far under Rules.
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Held up towards rear, in 3rd and blundered 15th, staying on in 2nd when blundered 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 5, 21l behind Harris (11-11) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
One In A Row (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 3rd before 4 out, ridden and no impression with front pair before next, 3rd of 4, 19l behind Croco Bay (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd in Feb.
Talkin Thomas (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) In touch, headway before 4 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Uppercut De L'orne (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway before 5 out, went 3rd before and pecked 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 48l behind Fozy Moss (10-4) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Ravens Brook (IRE) 13-8fav (11-1) Led to 3rd, in touch, lost place 8th, behind from next, lost touch 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Chicklemix (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Teo Vivo (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, pushed along after 8th, weakened from 5 out, 7th of 9, well behind Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.