Star Sports Cheltenham Preview Evening - 4th March Novices' Chase 2m 4f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 35.30s
- Off time: 14:18:00
|1st||11 Marie Des Anges||8/1|
|2nd||9 Weston Lodge||26||9/4f|
Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 35
|9||152 10-12 p1||Jamie Snowden||Harry Skelton||109||12/1|
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 38
|8||152 10-12 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||S Fox (7)||110||4/1|
Highrate (IRE) 18
|7||152 10-12||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||107||9/1|
Milan Royale 14
|8||152 10-12||J M Jefferson||Harry Haynes||28/1|
Murrell (IRE) 54
|8||152 10-12||H Hogarth||R McGrath||150/1|
|8||152 10-12||J Wade||B Hughes||109||4/1|
Shinrock Hill (IRE) 17
|9||152 10-12||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||110||22/1|
Watledge (FR) 451
|6||152 10-12||T R George||L Heard||66/1|
Weston Lodge (IRE) 81
|7||152 10-12||T R George||P J Brennan||106||9/4f|
Young Hurricane (IRE) 10
|7||152 10-12 b||Dr R D P Newland||J E Moore||12/1|
Marie Des Anges (FR) 12
|5||143 10-3||A J Honeyball||Charlie Huxley||108||8/1|
Shinrock Hill hasn't run for a year and makes his chasing bow at an advanced age but he's definitely one to note in the market. Marie Des Anges made a winning debut over fences at Market Rasen but jumped moderately before unshipping her rider at Catterick. She's been given a confidence booster over hurdles and has to be on the short-list with her allowances. Riskier has more experience than most and has been going well in handicaps but it was very heavy ground when Highrate scored at Hexham and he hasn't done quite so well on drier going subsequently. EYRE APPARENT couldn't cope with Dashing George here last time but should get the test of stamina he needs and looks ready to gain his second success over fences.
Marie Des Anges (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 6l behind Mr Mole (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) hvy.
Weston Lodge (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway to go 3rd 5 out, blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 28l behind Honest John (11-12) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Riskier 3-1 (11-11) With winner, narrow lead when pecked badly 2 out, kept on and held by winner, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Watledge (FR) 18-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, soon lost place, 6th of 8, well behind Peckhamecho (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov '11.
Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened after 7th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Bear Trap (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Highrate (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) With winner, kept on and no impression from before 2 out, 2nd of 5, 17l behind Wilde Pastures (10-2) at Catterick 2m nov chs 0-110 (4) sft.
Shinrock Hill (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, lost place before 5th, 13th of 14, well behind Billy Twyford (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Young Hurricane (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 15, 17l behind Dream Again Boys (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) In rear, went 3rd before 10th, chased winner before 4 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Dashing George (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Murrell (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden and lost place when edged left after 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Waywood Princess (9-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
Milan Royale 7-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 13, 29l behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.