Racing Plus Pendil Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 6 runners)
- Winner £13,326 2nd £5,001 3rd £2,504 4th £1,247 5th £627 6th £314
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 13.40s
- Off time: 16:10:05
|1st||3 Cristal Bonus||15/8j|
|2nd||4 Duke Of Lucca||13||13/2|
Zaynar (FR) 8
|7||161 11-7||Nick Williams||T Scudamore||150||3/1|
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 119
|8||158 11-4 t||P Henderson||N Fehily||125||66/1|
Cristal Bonus (FR) 36
|6||154 11-0||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||152||15/8j|
Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 55
|7||154 11-0||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||142||13/2|
Minella Class (IRE) 56
|7||154 11-0||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||15/8j|
Will Scarlet (IRE) 45
|9||154 11-0||A J Whiting||A Thornton||116||100/1|
Captain Chris (IRE)
||7||11-0||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||2/5|
Zaynar was soon left behind by Sprinter Sacre and company in the Game Spirit at Newbury eight days ago. He'll be better suited by this longer trip and going back right-handed but possibly lacks a bit of scope now in comparison to CRISTAL BONUS. Highly tried over hurdles last season after arriving from France, the six-year-old looked as though he had a big future over fences when winning by 25 lengths on his chasing bow at Chepstow and can follow up here. Duke Of Lucca was well backed for a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham last time but pulled up after making several jumping errors and may need his confidence restoring. Just as interesting is Minella Class, who still held every chance when unseating his rider in Cue Card's race at Newbury in December and holds several entries at The Festival.
Cristal Bonus (FR) 4-9fav (11-0) Held up, hit 2nd, headway 6th, went 2nd after 11th, led 4 out, clear from next, eased towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m 3f beg chase (4) hvy in Jan beating Simply Wings (11-0) by 25l, 6 ran.
Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) In touch, hit 6th, not much room and lost place next, blundered 8th, behind 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Calgary Bay (10-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Jan, 14 ran.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Always in rear, mistake 4th, slow and driven 11th, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Exmoor Ranger (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Oct.
Will Scarlet (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in last, ridden and outpaced in 4th before 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, well behind The Falklander (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m beg chase (4) sft in Jan.
Minella Class (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Tracked leading pair, disputing 2nd 5th (water), definite 2nd 9th, challenging when sprawled on landing and unseated rider next, in a race won by Cue Card (11-7) at Newbury 2m 2f nov chs (3) sft in Dec, 4 ran.
Zaynar (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Led until 2nd, tracked leaders, outpaced from 5 out, weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 21l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-5) at Newbury 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) gs.