RSA Trial Novices' Chase (Registered As The Reynoldstown Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) (8k Field Size Bonus Race) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £18,006 2nd £6,784 3rd £3,395 4th £1,696 5th £851 6th £426 7th £211 8th £109
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 24.30s
  • Off time: 14:05:14

Full Result

14:05 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 5 O'Faolains Boy (IRE) Miss R Curtis 7 11-0 B J Geraghty 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch, jumped slowly 4th, closed 7th, ridden after 3 out, challenged next, soon led, edged right before last, stayed on opened 15/2
2nd 3 Many Clouds (IRE) O Sherwood 7 11-4 L P Aspell 2/1
SP 2/1 Tracked leaders, went 2nd 10th, led before 2 out, soon headed, stayed on same pace last opened 9/4
3rd 2 Third Intention (IRE) C L Tizzard 7 11-7 t J Tizzard 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch, jumped slowly 5th, outpaced approaching 2 out, went 3rd before last, stayed on same pace
4th 32 7 Baby Shine (IRE) Mrs L Wadham 8 10-7 R Johnson 11/2
SP 11/2 Not always fluent, held up, hampered 4th, mistake 13th, headway after 15th, weakened from 3 out opened 6/1
5th 25 1 Ely Brown (IRE) C E Longsdon 9 11-7 p N D Fehily 10/1
SP 10/1 Led until after 4th, led 7th until after next, mistake 11th, mistake and lost placed 13th, weakened 4 out
PU 4 Gevrey Chambertin (FR) D Pipe 6 11-0 p T Scudamore 13/8f
SP 13/8f Prominent, took keen hold, led after 4th, headed 7th, led again after next, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last £812-£500
NR 6 Spike Mac (IRE) R C Harper 9 11-0 Gerard Tumelty

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £8.80 Tote Place £3.30,£1.70 Straight Forecast £25.07 Exacta £24.40 Trifecta £335.30 Swingers 1&2:£43.80 2&3:£7.70 1&3:£13.90

Placepot £129.30, Pool: £166908.31, 942.07 winning tickets
Quadpot £30.40, Pool: £10806.67, 262.85 winning tickets


This race has proved to be a fair guide to the RSA Chase in recent years but this year's line-up lacked any star performers and is likely to be a 'trial' in name only. Gevrey Chambertin was very well supported for his chase debut and first start since winning a valuable contest over Haydock's brush hurdles in November. He jumped very well and everything appeared to be going according to plan for much of the race but he stopped very quickly before being pulled up and, presumably, something was amiss and it's to be hoped that connections can identify and pinpoint the problem for this run was not without promise. Oliver Sherwood holds Many Clouds in very high regard and he jumped beautifully but he appeared to be getting outstayed by the eventual winner before staying on again, rather as he had when filling the same position behind Black Thunder at Haydock. He raced quite enthusiastically that day and he did again on this occasion and it could be worth giving him his head over a shorter trip with his two wins this season achieved at around two and a half miles. O'FAOLAINS BOY is a strong stayer with plenty of heavy ground form to his name so he was always likely to relish this test. He had shaped with considerable promise at this track over shorter on his chase bow before running no race at Haydock at a time when his yard was out of form but bounced back in no uncertain terms. He wasn't as quick over his fences as Many Clouds or Gevrey Chambertin but jumped well in the main and stayed on strongly to record a first win over fences. He was cut for the RSA Chase and the NH Chase with the latter race looking the more obvious option of the pair and, while that may be flying too high, he should make his presence felt in staying handicaps next season. Third Intention stayed on without ever threatening and has yet to convince that he's fully effective over this trip but this was by no means a bad performance giving weight away to the principals. He's too high in the weights at present for the novices' handicap at Cheltenham and perhaps the Byrne Group Plate over two and a half miles might represent his best option. Baby Shine never jumped with any fluency but she still looked poised to play a part in the race when making a prominent move on the back straight only for another error to knock the stuffing out of her; she can bounce back against her own sex. Ely Brown was facing a tough task with connections attempting to strike while the iron was hot but weakened very tamely; he was later found to have struck into himself.