Kevin Sullivan gg.com Forum Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 6f
- (5yo+, 2m 6f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 52.10s
- Off time: 16:32:06
|1st||4 Musical Wedge||5/1|
|2nd||6 Milans Well||4½||8/1|
|3rd||3 King's Grace||15||3/1|
Badgers Cove (IRE) 24
|9||165 11-11||R Dickin||C Poste||114||9/4f|
King's Grace 45
|7||164 11-10||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||113||3/1|
Musical Wedge 24
|9||156 11-2||Miss C Dyson||Nick Scholfield||105||5/1|
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 86
|6||154 11-0 p1||P R Webber||S P Jones||103||20/1|
Milans Well (IRE) 24
|7||152 10-12||B G Powell||Brendan Powell (3)||101||8/1|
Ballyhilty Bridge 17
|7||152 10-12||P Henderson||T J O'Brien||101||15/2|
Elite Beneficial (IRE) 17
|8||148 10-8||Mrs R Gasson||Benjamin Poste (7)||97||20/1|
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 69
|7||148 10-8||J L Flint||Donal Fahy||97||14/1|
||10||1112||Miss Amy Weaver||T Scudamore||115||NR|
||7||10-9||J Hughes||M D Grant||11/2|
King's Grace may not have lasted home over 3m2f at Carlisle last time and should do better over this shorter trip - he remains unexposed. Milans Well caused an upset on his chasing bow at Wincanton and a literal interpretation of that form would give him a big chance here off a mark of 101 while Ballyhilty Bridge has been placed a couple of times over the larger obstacles. BADGERS COVE was no match for Sydney Paget here last month but was clear of the third and, as that was only his third start over fences, he gets the nod ahead of the consistent Musical Wedge.
You're So Vain 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, 48l behind Lucy's Legend (11-1) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Musical Wedge 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, chased winner before last, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Gorgehous Lliege (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Milans Well (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leader until 4th, last next, not fluent 6th, outpaced from 12th, left 3rd 3 out, 16 lengths off leader 2 out, left 2nd as leader clambered over last, led flat, stayed on, won at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy in Jan beating Ambion Wood (11-0) by 4l, 4 ran.
King's Grace 4-1 (11-0) Led to 12th, blundered 5 out, beaten from 4 out, 2nd of 5, 28l behind Vintage Star (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f nov chs 0-125 (4) sft in Jan.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, weakened from 7th, mistake 8th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Lets Get Serious (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Nov.
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 4th, weakened 9th, slow next, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Bendant (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 5f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec.
Elite Beneficial (IRE) 66-1 (9-12) Held up in mid-division, hampered 2nd, not fluent 15th, well beaten after 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Arbeo (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Badgers Cove (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 11th until 13th, regained 2nd 4 out, no chance with winner from before 2 out, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Sydney Paget (11-0) at Towcester 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.
Ballyhilty Bridge 9-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, hampered next, mistake 15th, headway after 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 12, 31l behind Arbeo (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.