Free Racedays With The Racegoers Club Novices' Handicap Chase 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 6.80s
- Off time: 14:11:21
|1st||2 Proud Times||9/2|
|2nd||5 Hotgrove Boy||3||3/1|
Blackwater King (IRE) 62
|6||166 11-12||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke||110||7/2|
Proud Times (USA) 56
|8||161 11-7 p||A Stronge||Jack Doyle||105||9/2|
Easydoesit (IRE) 7
|6||154 11-0||A W Carroll||Colm McCormack (5)||98||13/2|
|8||140 10-0 vt||A Middleton||Paul Moloney||84||5/2f|
Hotgrove Boy 9
|7||140 10-0||W Coltherd||B Harding||76||3/1|
Easydoesit can race off the same mark on his chasing debut as when winning a novices' handicap over hurdles by five lengths at Doncaster. But he has a Flat pedigree so how he'll take to fences is anybody's guess. Proud Times has been in good form over hurdles and placed a couple of times over fences while it would be no surprise if Blackwater King proves to be better than he's shown so far, though he could do with some help from the handicapper. The penny dropped with FITANDPROPERJOB under Charlie Deutsch at Leicester 10 days ago. As that was a conditionals' race, he escapes a penalty and can follow up here.
Proud Times (USA) 9-2fav (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 2nd, led briefly before next, hit 5th, pushed along and lost 2nd approaching 2 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened between last 2, 7th of 15, 10l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Hotgrove Boy 125-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders and keen, led 4th, soon clear, headed before 3 out, held in 3rd when stumbled and fell 3 out, in a race won by Holywell (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chase (4) sft, 5 ran.
Blackwater King (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, hard driven to challenge 3 out, soon weakened, rallied after next, never on terms, 4th of 5, 33l behind Suprise Vendor (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Fitandproperjob 9-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 8th, mistake 3 out, challenged after next, led last, pushed clear flat, won at Leicester 2m 4f cond hcp chs (5) sft beating Thedreamstillalive (10-5) by 10l, 9 ran.
Easydoesit (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, led before last, ran on well, won at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Ergo Sum (11-3) by 5l, 13 ran.