Carling Johny Whitcombe Fan Club Novices' Chase 2m 5f
- (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 4 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 6.70s
- Off time: 14:10:41
|1st||4 Milans Well||14/1|
Tenor Nivernais (FR) 33
|6||161 11-7||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne (3)||138||11/8|
Ambion Wood (IRE) 30
|7||154 11-0||V R A Dartnall||Jack Doyle||5/6f|
Milans Well (IRE) 242
|7||154 11-0||B G Powell||Brendan Powell (3)||101||14/1|
|8||154 11-0||R Woollacott||D A Jacob||20/1|
||6||N P Mulholland||S Twiston-Davies||98||NR|
Robbie Dunne's claim almost halves the penalty Tenor Nivernais collected after winning at Bangor last month but the six-year-old never travelled with any conviction at Newbury next time and could be a little erratic over hurdles. He may not find it easy to give weight to AMBION WOOD, a very progressive staying hurdler last season and entitled to need the run and experience when sent off favourite for his fencing bow at Exeter on New Year's Day. Valoroso may need more time and Milans Well hasn't run for a while but Isthereadifference had a spin in a jumpers' bumper four days ago and is a winner between the flags.
Isthereadifference (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, led over 7f out, headed over 3f out, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 16l behind Captain Kelly (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Milans Well (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Chased leaders, travelling well 3 out, left 2nd soon after, well held before 2 out, went right last, 2nd of 9, 14l behind Azulada Bay (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Ambion Wood (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Tracked leading pair, mistake 6th, went 2nd next until before 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 3 out, tailed off and eased, finished very tired, 5th of 8, well behind Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (4) hvy.
Valoroso 40-1 (10-8) Held up last, mistake 5th, steady headway 8th (water), went 3rd at 10th, no chance with leading duo when went left final 4, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Hawkes Point (10-13) at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) hvy.
Tenor Nivernais (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leading pair, challenged and hit 11th, weakened 3 out, beaten when mistake last, plugged on to modest 4th post, 4th of 5, 15l behind Module (11-0) at Newbury 2m 2f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.