Dunton Novices' Handicap Chase 3m 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 110y, Class 5, 8 runners)
  • Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 1P62-8P
RED, BLACK armlets Fidelor (FR) 48
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:A Tinkler
  • Form: 1P62-8P
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR: 98
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 p H D Daly A Tinkler 98
2 P-44732
Emerald Green, Purple spots, sleeves and spots on cap Mr Valentino (IRE) 26
  • T:Mrs L Hill
  • J:D Bass
  • Form: P-44732
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-9pt
  • OR: 95
  • Naps:
8 163 11-9 pt Mrs L Hill D Bass 95
3 121-246
Light Blue, Black cross belts, sleeves and star on cap Festival Bound (IRE) 26
  • T:C Fryer
  • J:Harry Skelton
  • Form: 121-246
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 80
  • Naps:
7 148 10-8 C Fryer Harry Skelton 80
4 746-31P
Red, white cross of lorraine, white and red chevrons on sleeves, red and white hooped cap Thorncliffer 24
  • T:D Shaw
  • J:O Garner
  • Form: 746-31P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-7t
  • OR: 79
  • Naps:
9 147 10-7 t D Shaw O Garner (7) 79
5 33U421
Cerise, Royal Blue quartered cap Midnight Charmer 14
  • T:Miss E Baker
  • J:James Banks
  • Form: 33U421
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 78
  • Naps:
7 146 10-6 Miss E Baker James Banks (7) 78
6 3664-F7
Yellow, Purple hoop, Purple and Yellow striped sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple star Royal And Ancient (IRE) 26
  • T:D Thompson
  • J:Tony Kelly
  • Form: 3664-F7
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-3
  • OR: 75
  • Naps:
6 143 10-3 D Thompson Tony Kelly (5) 75
7 64538P
Pink and Brown diamonds, Pink sleeves and cap Doheny Bar (IRE) 26
  • T:P Henderson
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 64538P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 72
  • Naps:
10 140 10-0 P Henderson P J Brennan 72
8 5-8242P
Yellow, black chevrons, striped cap Flichity (IRE) 52
  • T:J R Cornwall
  • J:Joseph Cornwall
  • Form: 5-8242P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 70
  • Naps:
8 140 10-0 J R Cornwall Joseph Cornwall (5) 70

In depth

Verdict

Thorncliffer blotted his copybook when pulled up at Towcester last month but he would have a chance in this if back to his best. Fidelor was also pulled up last time but is another to consider in a modest heat as Midnight Charmer took nine attempts to get off the mark over fences and only scraped home at Taunton off a 4lb lower mark. MR VALENTINO only does things at his own pace but was just outbattled by Quartz Du Montceau at Folkestone last time and a similar effort today would probably see him get his head in front.

Formwatch

Fidelor (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Led, not fluent, headed 4th, led when mistake next, headed before 6th, lost place next, well behind 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by The Rockies (11-4) at Ludlow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov, 7 ran.

Mr Valentino (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased winner until ridden after 3 out, rallied to 2nd again 2 out, closed approaching last, strong challenge and every chance under pressure flat, outbattled in closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Quartz Du Montceau (10-9) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec.

Festival Bound (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, headway 11th, went 4th approaching 14th, mistake 4 out, never on terms after, lost 4th before 2 out, weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, 37l behind Quartz Du Montceau (10-9) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec.

Thorncliffer 11-4 (10-1) Tracked leaders, reminder 9th, ridden after 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before next, in a race won by Gorgehous Lliege (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.

Midnight Charmer 4-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway and in touch 8th, challenged 2 out (usual 3 out), led last (usual 2 out), soon ridden, held on under pressure flat, won at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Master Flight (10-0) by nk, 10 ran.

Royal And Ancient (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, never on terms, 7th of 17, 17l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.

Doheny Bar (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear, pushed along on outside approaching 7th, reminder after 9th, went 4th approaching 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Sulpius (12-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec, 6 ran.

Flichity (IRE) 5-2 (9-9) Close up, slow 2nd, dropped to rear 4th, ridden along 8th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Pickworth (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 5 ran.