Higos Insurance Services Street Novices' Limited Handicap Chase 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 3, 5 runners)
  • Winner £6,330 2nd £1,870 3rd £935 4th £468 5th £234
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 51.80s
  • Off time: 15:50:23
Full result
Result 15:50 Wincanton
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Opening Batsman 3/1
2nd 4 Howard's Legacy 3/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 3P13P-1
Maroon, Grey diamond Top Smart 239
  • T:J W Mullins
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 3P13P-1
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 J W Mullins P J Brennan 135 12/1
2 32/11P4
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap There's No Panic (IRE) 48
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Harry Derham
  • Form: 32/11P4
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
8 159 11-5 P F Nicholls Harry Derham (5) 135 5/2f
3 11-6012
Purple, white chevron, emerald green sleeves, white cap, purple star Opening Batsman (IRE) 22
  • T:H Fry
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 11-6012
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 H Fry Ryan Mahon (3) 134 3/1
4 51-316F
Yellow, White epaulets, Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, White cap Howard's Legacy (IRE) 29
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 51-316F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 126
  • Naps:
7 150 10-10 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 126 3/1
5 23-2253
Purple, White hollow box and star on cap Ballylifen (IRE) 19
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 23-2253
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-5
  • OR: 118
  • Naps:
6 145 10-5 M R Channon C O'Farrell 118 10/3

In depth

Verdict

OPENING BATSMAN found Rolling Aces too strong over C&D last month but the winner looks a decent novice so that probably wasn't a bad effort. Harry Fry's charge had won on his chasing bow at Plumpton, when Ballylifen was a one-paced fifth, and remains open to further improvement. Rolling Aces' trainer Paul Nicholls has There's No Panic entered in this but he needs to put a couple of below-par efforts behind him while the handicapper has taken no chances with Top Smart, who hasn't been seen since winning on his fencing debut at Worcester in May. Howard's Legacy's jumping needs to improve and he fell at Ludlow last month.

Formwatch

Opening Batsman (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) In touch, headway 7th, ridden to chase winner approaching 3 out, kept on, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Rolling Aces (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.

Howard's Legacy (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 7th, challenged after 5 out, every chance next, weakened quickly after 3 out, beaten when fell next, in a race won by Tour Des Champs (11-10) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 9 ran.

Top Smart 5-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear on outside, switched left and headway approaching 8th, led after 3 out, not fluent last, soon well clear, won at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May beating Indian Daudaie (11-0) by 10l, 10 ran.

There's No Panic (IRE) 18-1 (11-8) Held up, hampered and left 4th 4 out, no impression, 4th of 6, 19l behind Dynaste (11-8) at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov.

Ballylifen (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Chased winner, ridden before 4 out, lost 2nd next, hung left and stayed on same pace and no chance with leading duo from 2 out, 3rd of 11, 21l behind Arbeo (10-10) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.