Cavalry Novices' Chase 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 6 runners)
  • Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 263-36P
Brown, yellow sleeves, light blue cap Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 30
  • T:Jamie Snowden
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 263-36P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 109
  • Naps:
9 152 10-12 Jamie Snowden T J O'Brien 109
2 37P-742
NAVY BLUE, GREEN sash, CERISE cap Gandalfe (FR) 41
  • T:D W P Arbuthnot
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: 37P-742
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 107
  • Naps:
8 152 10-12 D W P Arbuthnot A Thornton 107
3 3555-65
Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Henok (FR) 37
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 3555-65
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 100
  • Naps:
7 152 10-12 D Pipe C O'Farrell 100
4 757P-F2
Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap Hoare Abbey (IRE) 35
  • T:T R George
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 757P-F2
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12t1
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
7 152 10-12 t1 T R George P J Brennan 110
5 524225
Yellow and red (quartered), red sleeves, yellow stars, white cap Last Shot (FR) 36
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 524225
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 105
  • Naps:
6 152 10-12 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 105
6 1575P4
Yellow, Dark Green diamond, Maroon cap, Dark Green diamond Tarkari (IRE) 60
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 1575P4
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 108
  • Naps:
8 152 10-12 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 108

In depth

Verdict

GANDALFE disappointed when sent off favourite but finding Lough Coi too good at Lingfield last month. However, the latter has given the form a more respectable look by winning again and David Arbuthnot's charge gets a chance to make amends. Last Shot was also a losing favourite at Ludlow last time but has claims on his earlier second at the same track but Hoare Abbey was still beaten a distance despite finishing runner-up at Catterick on his latest start. Henok may improve taking on fences for the first time and makes most appeal of the remainder.

Formwatch

Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened after 7th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Bear Trap (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.

Gandalfe (FR) 7-4fav (11-0) Led, narrowly headed 7th, led again next, ridden and joined when hit 2 out, headed and carried left after last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lough Coi (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn chs (5) hvy in Jan.

Henok (FR) 9-2 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway from 2 out, never nearer, 5th of 9, 4l behind Thunderstorm (11-9) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.

Hoare Abbey (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Tracked winner throughout, no impression from 3 out, 2nd of 5, 22l behind Brave Spartacus (11-9) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.

Last Shot (FR) 11-4fav (10-11) Chased leaders, went 3rd after 12th, ridden before next, lost 3rd before 2 out, soon beaten and lost 4th flat, 5th of 8, 15l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.

Tarkari (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, went poor 3rd between last 2, blundered last, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 9, 34l behind Not Til Monday (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f cnd/am sll hdl (5) hvy in Dec.