Kilbrittain Castle Novices' Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 2, 3 runners)
- Winner £11,574 2nd £3,419 3rd £1,709 4th £855 5th £427 6th £215
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 0.50s
- Off time: 15:25:11
|1st||3 Kapga De Cerisy||7/2|
Fago (FR) 13
|5||159 11-5||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||154||2/5f|
Gallox Bridge 17
|8||157 11-3 t||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||130||6/1|
Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 20
|5||156 11-2||Miss V Williams||A P McCoy||137||7/2|
||6||10-12||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||8/11|
Fago is on a recovery mission having fallen when a hot favourite in a Grade 2 at Warwick earlier this month. He still has a couple of entries at Cheltenham but will have to jump better if here if he's to go The Festival and has to give weight to a couple of recent winners. Gallox Bridge made a winning start to his chase career at Market Rasen and should improve further but KAPGA DE CERISY handled these fences with aplomb at the start of the month when carrying top weight in a handicap and, at the likely odds, may just be the value on this occasion.
Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 11-8fav (11-12) Made all, jumped well, driven 2 out, stayed on strongly (2 fences ommited), won at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy beating Itoldyou (10-0) by 5l, 5 ran.
Fago (FR) 11-10fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 4th, pressed winner and going well when fell 2 out, in a race won by Majala (11-7) at Warwick 2m nov chs G2 (1) hvy, 5 ran.
Gallox Bridge 7-4fav (11-0) Made all, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f nov chs 0-125 (4) sft beating Volcan Surprise (10-12) by 14l, 5 ran.