Bath Ales Gem Novices' Chase 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 4, 7 runners)
  • Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 16.90s
  • Off time: 14:20:37
Full result
Result 14:10 Chepstow
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Safran De Cotte 11/4f
2nd 1 De La Bech 4 3/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 3-55110
Yellow, Grey sleeves De La Bech 42
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:James Best
  • Form: 3-55110
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 P J Hobbs James Best (3) 125 3/1
2 P21145
Black, White hoop, Black sleeves, White stars Firebird Flyer (IRE) 40
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: P21145
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 125 8/1
3 05-4163
Yellow, dark blue stars, striped sleeves, yellow cap Global Power (IRE) 59
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:L Aspell
  • Form: 05-4163
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 121
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 O Sherwood L Aspell 121 9/2
4 11-2143
Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap High Ho Sheriff (IRE) 24
  • T:T R George
  • J:L Heard
  • Form: 11-2143
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 122
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 T R George L Heard 122 17/2
5 4/11286
DARK BLUE and WHITE check, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap, DARK BLUE star Okafranca (IRE) 14
  • T:J A B Old
  • J:M D Grant
  • Form: 4/11286
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 113
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 J A B Old M D Grant 113 25/1
6 67-1341
Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Safran De Cotte (FR) 24
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 67-1341
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 H D Daly Jake Greenall (3) 125 11/4f
7 140112
Emerald Green, Purple armlets Rydalis (FR) 11
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: 140112
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR: 119
  • Naps:
8 147 10-7 Miss V Williams S Thomas 119 11/2

In depth

Verdict

Rydalis couldn't complete the hat-trick at Lingfield earlier this month and this is a much better race. DE LA BECH gave weight and a beating to Okafranca over hurdles at Ascot in December but has always looked like a chaser in the making and has already won between the flags. He may well to be the one to beat if handling the transition, though Henry Daly continues to place Safran De Cotte to good effect and he had High Ho Sheriff behind when getting back to winning ways at Leicester. Both Firebird Flyer and Global Power have already won over the larger obstacles and neither can be ignored as they'll handle the ground.

Formwatch

Safran De Cotte (FR) 7-4fav (10-11) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 2 out, led again before last, edged left flat, pressed final 100 yards, held on gamely, won at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan beating Abnaki (11-0) by 1/2l, 6 ran.

De La Bech 7-1 (10-9) Led, jumped right 6th, headed next, lost place before 9th, 13th of 18, 50l behind Ely Brown (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.

Global Power (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, ridden after 4 out, weakened after next, 3rd of 5, well behind Monkerty Tunkerty (11-11) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.

High Ho Sheriff (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Prominent, challenged 5th, not fluent 9th, mistake 12th, ridden after next, led 2 out, headed approaching last, no impression on front pair final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Safran De Cotte (10-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan.

Rydalis (FR) 6-4fav (11-12) Chased leading pair, left close 2nd at 10th, pushed along and lost 2nd after 14th, ridden before next (normal 3 out) stayed on same pace and went 2nd bypassing omitted 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 13l behind Preuty Boy (10-10) at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.

Okafranca (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, effort 2 out, no headway, 6th of 15, 11l behind Dream Again Boys (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.

Firebird Flyer (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Pecked 1st, held up in rear but in touch, mistake 4th, not fluent 8th, outpaced in 5th place at 10th, kept on flat, almost snatched poor 4th, 5th of 6, 29l behind Simply Wings (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.