Braceys The Friendly Builders Merchant Novices' Handicap Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 7 runners)
- Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 20.70s
- Off time: 14:52:46
|1st||5 Material Boy||4/1|
|2nd||7 Derwen Pryde||24||6/1|
Orange Nassau (FR) 33
|7||166 11-12||C E Longsdon||N D Fehily||110||5/4f|
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 53
|8||161 11-7||Dr R D P Newland||Christopher Ward (7)||105||9/2|
Russian Song (IRE) 17
|9||158 11-4 bt||C L Tizzard||Mr M Legg (7)||102||6/1|
Material Boy 8
|6||157 11-3 vt||Nick Williams||D A Jacob||101||4/1|
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 43
|7||153 10-13 p||J W Mullins||A Thornton||97||20/1|
Derwen Pryde 40
|9||145 10-5 pt||P Bowen||J E Moore||89||6/1|
Kenaleck (GER) 33
|9||140 10-0 pt||Marc Barber||Benjamin Poste (7)||80||33/1|
||8||1112 t||C Bowe||P E Corbett||110||NR|
Kilcommon Pride (IRE)
||7||11-9||R Curtis||Hadden Frost||7/2|
A few of these have questions to answer at present but Colin Bowe hasn't sent dual Thurles winner Whiskey And Red over from County Wexford for the good of his health and Patrick Corbett takes off a useful 7lb. French import Orange Nassau has had 15 attempts to get off the mark over fences, however, while Russian Song and Material Boy were both pulled up last time and now sport headgear. DERWEN PRYDE won over 3m over hurdles and has been placed twice at the trip over fences. He wouldn't need to improve much on his latest second at Chepstow to take this.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) Evensfav (11-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, dropped to rear entering straight and soon no extra, 8th of 11, well behind Take A Shot (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.
Material Boy 11-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden after 7th, behind when not fluent 11th, pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Rebeccas Choice (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy, 13 ran.
Derwen Pryde 9-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, chased winnner from before last, hit 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Loughalder (10-1) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up in touch in rear, jumped left at times and not always fluent, ridden after 7th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up approaching next, in a race won by Seymour Eric (10-1) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-110) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Orange Nassau (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Slight lead but pressed, narrowly headed 12th, chased winner, ridden and no chance with winner between last 2, well clear of 3rd, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Camden (11-7) at Lingfield 3m nov chs (4) hvy in Jan.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, reminder after 5th, soon struggling in rear, lost touch and pulled up after 12th, in a race won by Sulpius (10-8) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Kenaleck (GER) 16-1 (10-13) Held up in last trio, hit 7th, weakened 10th, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Tin Pot Man (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Russian Song (IRE) 7-2fav (10-8) Prominent when not much room 1st, lost place when hampered next, headway 4th, mistake 5th, chased winner 7th until 13th, terrible mistake 4 out, not recover and soon pulled up, in a race won by Rhum (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.