John Rogerson Memorial Beginners' Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 2f 110y, Class 4, 4 runners)
  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 5.60s
  • Off time: 12:25:48
Full result
Result 12:25 Fontwell Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Benheir 13/8

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 631-146
EMERALD GREEN, BLACK star, striped sleeves, BLACK cap, EMERALD GREEN star Alpha Native 44
  • T:Mrs L Hill
  • J:D Bass
  • Form: 631-146
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 Mrs L Hill D Bass 33/1
2 1201-2P
Dark Blue and White stripes, halved sleeves Benheir (IRE) 30
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 1201-2P
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 Miss R Curtis D C Costello 124 13/8
3 U1/31U6-
ORANGE, WHITE sleeves, ORANGE spots, WHITE cap Oscargo (IRE) 296
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: U1/31U6-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 8/13f
4 63/254-P
Red, white triple diamond, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white diamond The Gossmoor Yank (IRE) 194
  • T:L Corcoran
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: 63/254-P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
9 156 11-2 L Corcoran S Thomas 124 20/1

In depth

Verdict

Benheir failed to complete in a decent novice chase at Cheltenham last time but had shaped well enough when runner-up on his chasing debut at Bangor. OSCARGO is rated much higher than him over hurdles, however, and this brother to a winning chaser is taken to open his account over fences at the first time of asking for Paul Nicholls. Both The Gossmoor Yank and Alpha Native have each had a couple of starts over fences without showing much so far and are hard to fancy as a consequence.

Formwatch

Benheir (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Held up in touch towards rear, headway approaching 5th, not fluent 12th, hit 14th, ridden next, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sire Collonges (11-5) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gs in Oct, 8 ran.

Oscargo (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Pulled hard, chased leaders, not fluent 7th, weakened 9th, driven in well held 5th when blundered badly 2 out, 6th of 11, 24l behind Theologist (9-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.

Alpha Native 18-1 (11-4) Led until 7th, ridden after 12th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, 41l behind There's No Panic (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) sft in Oct.

The Gossmoor Yank (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Close up on outer, blundered 2nd, soon towards rear, reminders after 5th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ruben Cotter (11-5) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May, 15 ran.