Winter Gala Novices' Chase 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 3, 3 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 35.70s
- Off time: 12:41:41
|1st||2 Rock On Ruby||1/10f|
Lamb's Cross 24
|7||161 11-7 h||Mark Gillard||Patrick Corbett (5)||107||10/1|
Rock On Ruby (IRE) 57
|8||154 11-0 t||H Fry||N Fehily||1/10f|
Lindsay's Dream 34
|7||147 10-7 p||Miss Z C Davison||D Crosse||98||25/1|
||7||11-0||P R Webber||A P McCoy||5/4|
Former champion hurdler ROCK ON RUBY, second to Hurricane Fly in the big one at Cheltenham in March, has frightened away most of the opposition and should land this with the minimum of fuss if his jumping is up to scratch. There's no reason to believe that won't be the case. Lamb's Cross won easily at Ffos Las last month but is giving 7lb to a potentially top-class recruit. Lindsay's Dream has won twice here over hurdles but hasn't been at her best lately.
Rock On Ruby (IRE) 7-4 (11-8) Took keen hold tracking leader, led 3rd, mistake next, pushed along before headed and outpaced 2 out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 4, 10l behind The New One (11-8) at Kempton 2m Listed hdl (1) gs in Oct.
Lindsay's Dream 16-1 (10-12) Close up in rear, headway 4 out, ridden next, keeping on same pace when hit last, 4th of 5, 10l behind Buxom (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Lamb's Cross 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, closed 3rd, led 4 out, clear when blundered 2 out, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Billybo (10-12) by 21l, 4 ran.