John Smith's No Nonsense Novices' Chase 3m 3f
- (5yo+, 3m 3f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,054 2nd £897 3rd £448 4th £224
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 17.70s
- Off time: 13:20:20
|1st||1 Rose Of The Moon||10/11f|
Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 38
|7||161 11-7 t||D O'Meara||Jake Greenall (3)||140||10/11f|
|6||154 11-0||Mrs L B Normile||Grant Cockburn (7)||100/1|
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 11
|6||154 11-0||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||113||7/2|
Dannanceys Hill (IRE) 32
|5||154 11-0||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||2/1|
Pegasus Prince (USA)
||7||11-0||K G Reveley||J Reveley||10/1|
Rose Of The Moon is by no means straightforward and was on his fourth trainer when making a winning debut over fences in comfortable style at Wetherby. He's a talented performer at his best and will be at short odds here but may meet his match in DANNANCEYS HILL. Donald McCain's charge cost a fortune at the Sales after landing an Irish point last April but never lived up to that billing over timber. In the hope that fences will be the making of him, he gets the vote to upset the likely favourite. Sue Smith has her horses firing on all cylinders so Crafti Bookie is no forlorn hope as at least we know he stays after his running-on effort over 3m at Doncaster last time. Ballycarbery will need his rivals to have mishaps if he's to get involved.
Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 3 out, soon clear, easily, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Nov beating Brady (11-3) by 21l, 7 ran.
Dannanceys Hill (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Not always fluent, chased leaders, went 2nd before stumbled badly 8th, ridden and one pace when hit 3 out, driven before next, no impression flat, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Imperial Vic (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, soon lost place and in touch, outpaced before 5 out, ridden and headway before 2 out, kept on to take 3rd place before last, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Honest John (11-12) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Ballycarbery 200-1 (10-5) Mid-division, lost place after 5th, soon behind, no danger after, 10th of 11, well behind Bit Of A Jig (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.