Royal Bath & West Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 3, 4 runners)
- Winner £8,356 2nd £2,468 3rd £1,234 4th £618 5th £309
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 16.18s
- Off time: 15:10:44
|1st||4 Sublime Talent||10/3|
Jump City (FR) 77
|7||166 11-12||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||130||5/6f|
|8||163 11-9||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||127||5/1|
Grams And Ounces 60
|6||163 11-9 t||J L Flint||R Flint||127||5/1|
Sublime Talent (IRE) 50
|7||153 10-13 t||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge (3)||117||10/3|
Grams And Ounces unseated his rider when Jump City won at Newton Abbot in October and has continued to be hampered by jumping problems. He was put back over hurdles last time but still well beaten and it's difficult to see him turning the tables on the top weight, who has been quite highly tried since his debut success. Nobunaga probably needs a bit further than this, though is another who has been taking on decent company, but we prefer SUBLIME TALENT. He looked a decent prospect when winning at Fakenham and Perth last spring and is well handicapped here if returning to his best.
Sublime Talent (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway and ridden in 4th well before 4 out until approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 21l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Jump City (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Close up, went badly right 3rd, went 3rd at 8th, staying on when left 4 lengths 2nd 3 out, mistake next, no extra in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Changing Times (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f Novice Limited Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec.
Grams And Ounces 7-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 5th of 11, 32l behind Landscape (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Nobunaga 6-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd or 4th, pushed along after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 6, 45l behind Saved By John (10-5) at Wincanton 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) hvy in Jan.