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
- Winning time: 5m 58.40s
- Off time: 14:40:37
Poungach (FR) 60
|7||160 11-6 p||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||144||5/6f|
Shoegazer (IRE) 29
|8||160 11-6 t||D Pipe||N D Fehily||144||7/4|
Tenor Nivernais (FR) 24
|6||157 11-3||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne||138||7/1|
Orvita (FR) 266
|11||152 10-12||Mrs H R J Nelmes||S Thomas||100/1|
Scampi Boy (IRE) 835
|9||152 10-12||P R Webber||D Elsworth||112||25/1|
Chariot Charger (IRE)
||8||11-3||Miss E C Lavelle||N D Fehily||2/1|
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.
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.