Bet Placepot With totepool Josh Gifford Memorial Novices' Chase (For The Josh Gifford Cup) 2m 6f

  • (5yo+, 2m 6f, Class 2, 4 runners)
  • Winner £12,660 2nd £3,740 3rd £1,870 4th £936 5th £468
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 53.88s
  • Off time: 14:10:35
Full result
Result 14:10 Fontwell Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Via Sundown 7/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 11-F113
DARK GREEN, RED seams, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Benvolio (IRE) 22
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 11-F113
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6p1
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 p1 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 140 10/11f
2 26-F114
Royal blue, yellow triple diamond, striped sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star Via Sundown (FR) 43
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:Joshua Moore
  • Form: 26-F114
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
6 160 11-6 G L Moore Joshua Moore 134 7/2
3 8P-2052
YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 59
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 8P-2052
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12t
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
7 152 10-12 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 130 2/1
4 056/PP0
Black and White (quartered), Black sleeves and cap Niceboy (IRE) 7
  • T:D Steele
  • J:C Wallis
  • Form: 056/PP0
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 61
  • Naps:
10 152 10-12 D Steele C Wallis 61 150/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
5 3/F-PP3P
Shays River (IRE) 4
  • Nag Me
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Adam Wedge
  • Form: 3/F-PP3P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-12t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
9 1012 t Evan Williams Adam Wedge NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Shoegazer (IRE)
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:N Fehily
8 11-6 D Pipe N Fehily 7/4
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In depth

Verdict

BENVOLIO couldn't get to grips with Oscar Whisky in a Grade 1 contest at Sandown last time but had been progressing well before that. Paul Nicholls' charge can add to his earlier victories at Newbury and Haydock by taking this. Via Sundown also made a good start over fences when landing a double at Lingfield at the end of last year. Below par last time, he still looks the main threat to the selection. Lamb Or Cod was beaten a long way on his chasing bow at Wincanton but should finish ahead of the remaining pair with that experience under his belt.

Formwatch

Shays River (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) In touch in mid-division, lost place before 5th, well behind 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Bodega (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy, 13 ran.

Via Sundown (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Held up in last, not fluent 10th, closed 12th, outpaced 14th, hit 4 out, weakened next, last of 4, 38l behind Corrin Wood (11-8) at Warwick 3m nov chs (2) hvy in Jan.

Benvolio (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led, often niggled along, headed 8th, not fluent 11th or 13th, ridden after 4 out, last and one pace next, weakening when jumped left and mistake last, last of 3, 42l behind Oscar Whisky (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) hvy.

Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Jumped left, held up, mistake 6th, headway 10th, pushed along 5 out, outpaced when mistake 3 out, left 2nd 2 out, 2nd of 5, 19l behind Ardkilly Witness (10-13) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.

Niceboy (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) Last pair, reminders when ran wide on stable bend, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Zulu Oscar (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.