totepool.com Josh Gifford Memorial Novices' Chase (For The Josh Gifford Cup) 2m 6f

  • (5yo+, 2m 6f, Class 2, 5 runners)
  • Winner £12,660 2nd £3,740 3rd £1,870 4th £936 5th £468
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 58.40s
  • Off time: 14:40:37
Full result
Result 14:40 Fontwell Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Shoegazer 7/4
2nd 1 Poungach 5/6f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 25-F215
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Poungach (FR) 60
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 25-F215
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6p
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 p P F Nicholls D A Jacob 144 5/6f
2 53F125
RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Shoegazer (IRE) 29
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 53F125
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6t
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
8 160 11-6 t D Pipe N Fehily 144 7/4
3 P9-614U
Emerald green and royal blue (quartered), white and emerald green striped sleeves Tenor Nivernais (FR) 24
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:R T Dunne
  • Form: P9-614U
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
6 157 11-3 Miss V Williams R T Dunne 138 7/1
4 F/6517-P
Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle, quartered cap Orvita (FR) 266
  • T:Mrs H R J Nelmes
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: F/6517-P
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
11 152 10-12 Mrs H R J Nelmes S Thomas 100/1
5 631300/
Purple, White stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Scampi Boy (IRE) 835
  • T:P R Webber
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 631300/
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
9 152 10-12 P R Webber D Elsworth 112 25/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Chariot Charger (IRE)
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:N Fehily
8 11-3 Miss E C Lavelle N Fehily 2/1
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In depth

Verdict

POUNGACH ran poorly in the Grade 1 Feltham at Kempton on Boxing Day but had won nicely at Haydock before that. Paul Nicholls' charge can pick up the winning thread back at this level. Shoegazer is another dropping back into a more suitable grade having failed to figure at Cheltenham last time and he has a shout along with Bangor winner Tenor Nivernais, who unseated on his latest start. Orvita has won over hurdles at this track but is hard to fancy on his chasing bow in this company and Scampi Boy hasn't raced since 2010.

Formwatch

Shoegazer (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Mid-division, chased leaders when mistake 4 out, stayed on to chase clear winner 2 out until last, weakend flat, 5th of 16, 21l behind Katenko (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.

Poungach (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Made most, not fluent 9th, headed 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 7, 25l behind Dynaste (11-7) at Kempton 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.

Tenor Nivernais (FR) 11-8 (11-4) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd after 7th, not fluent 11th, pushed along and every chance when hampered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Milans Well (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy in Jan, 4 ran.

Scampi Boy (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Close up on inside, chased leaders 6th, badly hampered on inside 4 out, not recover, 14th of 23, well behind Aegean Dawn (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov '10.

Orvita (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Last trio, struggling 7th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Azulada Bay (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun, 9 ran.