Davies Coaches Novices' Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 3 runners)
- Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 22.10s
- Off time: 14:11:31
|1st||3 One In A Milan||7/2|
Abnaki (IRE) 59
|8||154 11-0 p||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||115||5/2|
Lord Tomnoddy 39
|11||154 11-0||K C Bailey||Nick Scholfield||122||5/6f|
One In A Milan (IRE) 8
|8||154 11-0||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||7/2|
One In A Milan was a decent handicapper over hurdles in Ireland but jumped very moderately on his debut for new connections when tackling fences for the first time at Taunton. Abnaki won a point-to-point and has done well over hurdles with his last victory coming at Cheltenham in April. He should make a chaser but LORD TOMNODDY gets the vote as he' has a slightly higher rating over timber and has already proved himself over the bigger obstacles, scoring over this trip on soft ground at Ascot in November.
One In A Milan (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped left at times, lost touch 6th, went badly left 3 out, 3rd of 4, 50l behind Cantlow (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nov chs (3) sft.
Abnaki (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Mid-divison until pushed along and lost place before 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Goulanes (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Lord Tomnoddy 6-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4 out, soon ridden, never able to challenge, 6th of 10, 22l behind Arbor Supreme (10-4) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.