Eagle Vauxhall Road Race Club Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f
- (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £4,874 2nd £1,431 3rd £716 4th £358
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 26.75s
- Off time: 14:10:26
|1st||3 Eyre Apparent||5/2|
Zaru (FR) 15
|7||166 11-12||J Ewart||B Hughes||120||8/13f|
|7||159 11-5 t||W Kinsey||Charlie Huxley||113||17/2|
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 29
|8||156 11-2 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||A P McCoy||110||5/2|
Highrate (IRE) 13
|7||153 10-13||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||107||18/1|
ZARU made all to beat two rivals easily at Newcastle and would have followed up there a fortnight ago but for falling at the last. He's been far from fluent but is obviously useful and hopefully his jumping will hold together here. Eyre Apparent has plenty of experience but hasn't progressed as expected after slamming three rivals at Perth in August. Kykate won three times over hurdles and has shown enough over fences to suggest she'll be winning soon but Highrate quickly got rid of his rider at Carlisle and is best watched for now.
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, badly hampered and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Marie Des Anges (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) sft in Feb, 11 ran.
Kykate 10-1 (11-11) Led, not fluent 3rd, ridden between last 2, headed last, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Tara Rose (11-11) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Highrate (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, jinked and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Oil Burner (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 11 ran.
Zaru (FR) 5-2fav (11-12) Led and keen, not fluent 5 out, clear before 4 out, mistake 2 out, 16 lengths up when fell last, in a race won by Papamoa (11-7) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 8 ran.