32Red Novices' Chase 3m
- (5yo+, 3m, Class 3, 4 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 38.90s
- Off time: 14:20:09
|1st||2 Loose Chips||5/4f|
Yesyoucan (IRE) 13
|9||162 11-8||B Ellison||A P McCoy||139||9/4|
Loose Chips 29
|8||158 11-4 b||C E Longsdon||Aidan Coleman||138||5/4f|
Flichity (IRE) 29
|9||152 10-12||J R Cornwall||Joseph Cornwall (5)||65||125/1|
|9||152 10-12||H Whittington||James Banks (5)||130||9/4|
YESYOUCAN has never won over this trip but the way he was staying on at the end of 2m4f at Wetherby suggests it shouldn't be a problem on this sharp track and he can give the weight to Loose Chips. Charlie Longsdon's eight-year-old did well to make all in a Kempton novices' handicap on Boxing Day but his yard has gone a little quiet lately. Fourovakind stays well and has won on heavy going. He'll have learned plenty from his fourth at Towcester and will likely be the one to profit if the two previous winners take each other on up front as Flichity looks well out of his depth again.
Loose Chips 8-1 (11-3) Made all, blundered 2nd, hard pressed from 3 out, held on well under pressure, won at Kempton 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec beating Ohio Gold (10-12) by shd, 7 ran.
Yesyoucan (IRE) 5-6fav (11-7) Made virtually all, driven clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft beating My Idea (11-0) by 4l, 5 ran.
Flichity (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Close up, hampered and unseated rider at 3rd, in a race won by Spanish Arch (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 5 ran.
Fourovakind 5-2 (10-9) Held up, headway 9th, not fluent and outpaced from next, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 7, 24l behind Baby Shine (10-7) at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec.