Dick Christian Novices' Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 3, 4 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 12.10s
- Off time: 14:50:12
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 31
|8||154 11-0 b||Dr R D P Newland||S Twiston-Davies||140||1/2f|
Bin End 14
|8||154 11-0 p||F Brennan||Felix De Giles||102||14/1|
Tchang Goon (FR) 6
|10||154 11-0 p||Miss Z C Davison||Mr H G Miller (7)||62||100/1|
Veloce (IRE) 25
|6||154 11-0 t||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||9/4|
AHYAKNOWYERSELF made mistakes when sent off favourite at Haydock last month and couldn't match the pace of the first two in the closing stages. But Richard Newland's charge must be worth another chance over these easier fences as he was rated more than 20lb superior to Veloce over hurdles, though the latter's recent run here over the smaller obstacles should have blown away a few cobwebs. Bin End has won three times on this course and has been well beaten in all three starts over fences and Tchang Goon is a long-standing maiden who is hardly improving at the age of 10.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened 4 out, rallied 2 out, never troubled leaders, modest 3rd, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Mwaleshi (11-3) at Haydock 2m nov chs (2) sft in Dec.
Bin End 14-1 (11-5) Held up, headway when not fluent 4th, challenged 6th, outpaced 8th, hit 4 out, stayed on into 3rd last, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Massena (11-10) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Veloce (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 8, 16l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Tchang Goon (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 8th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Festive Affair (10-13) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (3) sft.