Cheltenham Preview Evening 28th February Novices' Chase 3m 1f 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 4, 2 runners)
  • Winner £5,198 2nd £1,526 3rd £763 4th £382
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 5.20s
  • Off time: 14:20:39
Full result
Result 14:20 Catterick
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Bit Of A Jig 11/8

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
2 1443-21
Light blue, pink striped sleeves Bit Of A Jig (IRE) 84
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 1443-21
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 129 11/8
3 2P-1UU2
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Dursey Sound (IRE) 70
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:R P Mclernon
  • Form: 2P-1UU2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7b
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 b Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 137 8/13f

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 4-12323
Beeves (IRE) 32
  • Nag Me
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:Non Runner
  • Form: 4-12323
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7b
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
7 117 b D McCain Jnr Non Runner 132 NR

In depth

Verdict

DURSEY SOUND has a few pounds in hand on official figures and is handed the vote in what is likely to be a tactical battle. He's had his jumping problems and was beaten a long way when runner-up to Corrin Wood over the course and distance in December but the winner went on to land a much better race at Warwick and is useful. The latter is trained by Donald McCain, who has the selection's two rivals entered here. Beeves made a winning start to his chasing career at Carlisle in October but his last couple of runs haven't been quite as convincing. Bit Of A Jig looked a real staying type when scoring over 3m3f at Sedgefield so may not be suited by this quicker track.

Formwatch

Beeves (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) With leader, jumped left 5th, led 7th, headed briefly after, headed before 11th, ridden before 3 out, outpaced 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.

Bit Of A Jig (IRE) 5-6fav (11-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead before last, kept on well towards finish, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f nov chs (4) gs in Dec beating Rev It Up (11-0) by 2l, 3 ran.

Dursey Sound (IRE) 11-8 (11-5) Tracked clear leader (winner) from 3rd, hit 11th, close up 4 out, driven and outpaced before next, no chance in clear 2nd before 2 out, 2nd of 3, 23l behind Corrin Wood (11-0) at Catterick 3m 1f (3) gd in Dec.