Michael Afflick Is Great (At Paddy Power) Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 6f

  • (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 4, 7 runners)
  • Winner £3,054 2nd £897 3rd £448 4th £224
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 8.10s
  • Off time: 13:13:05
Full result
Result 13:10 Fontwell Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Father Probus 5/2f
2nd 3 Emperor's Choice 7/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1080-PU
Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 11
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:Tom Bellamy
  • Form: 1080-PU
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR: 115
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 p D Pipe Tom Bellamy (7) 115 20/1
2 10/5PF-1
Dark blue, yellow cross belts, striped cap Kaituna (IRE) 32
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 10/5PF-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR: 114
  • Naps:
6 165 11-11 O Sherwood L Aspell 114 4/1
3 311-872
Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves Emperor's Choice (IRE) 17
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 311-872
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-9
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
5 163 11-9 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 112 7/2
4 161112
White, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, white stars, royal blue cap Venetian Lad 32
  • T:Mrs L Richards
  • J:M Goldstein
  • Form: 161112
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 107
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 Mrs L Richards M Goldstein 107 7/2
5 713-884
Dark green, white cross belts, red and white striped sleeves and cap Heavenstown (IRE) 15
  • T:J L Flint
  • J:Donal Fahy
  • Form: 713-884
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 107
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 J L Flint Donal Fahy 107 17/2
6 6P6134-
Dark blue, yellow stripe, checked sleeves, yellow cap Father Probus 260
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 6P6134-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 105
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 Nick Williams D A Jacob 105 5/2f
7 P2248-8
Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Winston Churchill (IRE) 9
  • T:Mrs S Leech
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: P2248-8
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-11
  • OR: 100
  • Naps:
6 151 10-11 Mrs S Leech Paul Moloney 100 16/1

In depth

Verdict

This looks quite competitive with probably only Heavenstown, the returning Father Probus and Winston Churchill likely to struggle. Quinte du Chatelet, eased in grade, sees A P McCoy reunited with the Pipe team and he shouldn't be written off just yet while is nothing between Kaituna and course specialist Venetian Lad on their run together over C&D last month. EMPEROR'S CHOICE stepped up markedly on his chasing debut when chasing home Lord Tomnoddy at Ascot however. Only a five-year-old, there should be more to come from Venetia Williams' gelding and he gets the nod.

Formwatch

Father Probus 8-1 (11-6) Prominent, led 7th, hung left and headed next, every chance 3 out, 4th and one pace after 2 out, 4th of 8, 15l behind Rossmore Lad (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.

Emperor's Choice (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Held up in 4th, hampered 15th, ridden and outpaced by leading trio after 2 out (usual 3 out), rallied and every chance in 3rd last, kept on same pace flat, went 2nd near finish, well held by winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Lord Tomnoddy (11-8) at Ascot 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.

Venetian Lad 4-5fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, challenged next, ridden to lead and dived at last, bumped and headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Kaituna (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.

Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden before 9th, weakened approaching 4 out, mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov, 13 ran.

Kaituna (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Tracked leader 2nd, led 5th until after 7th, led 9th, ridden after 3 out, headed 2 out, edged right and led again flat, stayed on gamely, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov beating Venetian Lad (11-4) by 3/4l, 4 ran.

Winston Churchill (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up behind, effort 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 9l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.

Heavenstown (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, jumped left, 5th when bad mistake 11th, went remote 4th before 4 out tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Carrigmorna King (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Nov.