totepool Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As Noel Novices' Chase) 2m 3f
- (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £16,881 2nd £6,360 3rd £3,183 4th £1,590 5th £798 6th £399 7th £198 8th £102
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 49.50s
- Off time: 14:30:25
Chablais (FR) 25
|6||158 11-4||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||5/1|
Frascati Park (IRE) 19
|7||158 11-4||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||142||7/2c|
Micheal Flips (IRE) 48
|7||158 11-4||Andrew Turnell||Nick Scholfield||142||11/2|
Zaynar (FR) 14
|6||154 11-0||Nick Williams||J Reveley||142||7/2c|
|4||148 10-8||A King||W Hutchinson||7/2c|
Pacha Du Polder (FR) 41
|4||148 10-8||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||150||11/2|
KUMBESHWAR has the size to succeed over fences was most impressive on his chasing debut at Hereford. He gets a handy weight-for-age allowance from all bar one of today's rivals and can score again. Fellow four-year-old Pacha Du Polder beat subsequent Doncaster winner Eradicate in a match at Sandown on his UK debut and is open to further improvement while the unexposed Kempton winner Chablais may prove the pick of the older horses, though Zaynar will surely win a similar contest before long and both Frascati Park and Micheal Flips have had recent wins franked.
Zaynar (FR) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader until 2nd, tracked leaders, mistake 6th, went 2nd again approaching 8th, lost 2nd 10th, hit next, ridden in 3rd and outpaced before 4 out, stayed on to 2nd flat, no chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Walkon (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (2) gs.
Kumbeshwar 13-8fav (10-7) Tracked leader, led 5th, went left 3 out and reminder, clear when hit 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Hereford 2m nov chs (4) gs in Nov beating Royale's Charter (11-0) by 8l, 7 ran.
Frascati Park (IRE) 4-6fav (11-5) Jumped left, made all, went left and dived at 3rd, pushed along on long run to 3 out, in command from next, ridden clear before last, unchallenged, won at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) sft in Nov beating Kudu Country (11-5) by 14l, 5 ran.
Micheal Flips (IRE) Evensfav (11-3) Tracked leader, blundered 2nd, switched to inside before 6th, led next, narrowly headed 13th, chased leader, hit 4 out and next, led on inside as leader went left last, kept on well, won at Ascot 2m 3f beg chs (3) gd in Oct beating Ackertac (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 3 ran.
Pacha Du Polder (FR) 8-13fav (10-7) Jumped boldly, led, joined when hit 2 out, narrowly headed before last, rallied strongly flat and driven ahead on line, won at Sandown 2m beg chs (4) gs in Nov beating Eradicate (10-12) by ns, 2 ran.
Chablais (FR) 8-15fav (11-0) Led, took keen hold, jumped left throughout, clear from 5th, unchallenged, won at Kempton 2m nov chs (3) gd in Nov beating Border Station (10-11) by 16l, 4 ran.