Clive Pavilion Novices' Limited Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £7,596 2nd £2,244 3rd £1,122 4th £562 5th £281
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 15.60s
- Off time: 15:10:07
|1st||1 Lord Of House||7/2|
|2nd||6 Sir Valentino||nk||11/2|
Lord Of House (GER) 16
|6||161 11-7 t||C J Mann||M D Grant||135||7/2|
Zarzal (IRE) 31
|6||156 11-2||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge||130||3/1|
Duaiseoir (IRE) 52
|8||148 10-8||Miss V Williams||S Thomas||122||11/1|
Rio De Sivola (FR) 27
|5||148 10-8||Nick Williams||R Johnson||125||3/2f|
Sir Valentino (FR) 19
|5||147 10-7||T R George||P J Brennan||122||11/2|
||7||1011||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||125||NR|
With only one place in six starts over fences so far, TOUR D'ARGENT look a risky proposition but he's been quite highly tried. On a fair mark now and probably racing at the right level, Donald McCain's seven-year-old is worth an interest here. Rio De Sivola won at Warwick before finishing second at Ascot and will attract support, even though he's gone up a further 3lb since, while Wincanton winner Lord Of House has been raised 6lb since running Tresor De Bontee to half-a-length at Uttoxeter. Zarzal was a course and distance winner in November but is now 8lb higher, though still preferred to Duaiseoir and Sir Valentino.
Tour D'Argent (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd after 4th, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 21l behind De Boitron (11-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
Lord Of House (GER) 5-2 (11-11) Led, driven after 2 out, headed flat, just held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Tresor De Bontee (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Sir Valentino (FR) 9-2 (10-12) With leader, led 4th, fell 7th, in a race won by Croco Bay (11-0) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Rio De Sivola (FR) 15-8fav (11-0) Led, hit 4 out, headed 2 out, chased winner, held when switched left before last, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Bellenos (11-5) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Zarzal (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 4th of 7, 49l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Duaiseoir (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, pecked 6th, in rear from next, went 3rd before 4 out until last, one pace, 4th of 6, 41l behind Princely Player (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.