Sodexo Prestige Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £14,068 2nd £5,300 3rd £2,652 4th £1,325 5th £665 6th £332 7th £165 8th £85
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 3.95s
  • Off time: 13:50:20

Full Result

13:50 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Invictus (IRE) A King 6 11-4 R Thornton 6/1
SP 6/1 Held up in last pair but never far away on inside, headway to track leaders 14th, effort to lead 2 out, clear before last, stayed on strongly opened 13/2
2nd 3 1 Bobs Worth (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-7 B J Geraghty 15/8
SP 15/8 Not always fluent, held up, headway to track leaders 4th, slow 16th and ridden, not fluent next (4 out), staying on in 4th when blundered 2 out, rallied before last, stayed on to 2nd flat, no impression on winner opened 2/1
3rd 5 Alfie Spinner (IRE) Nick Williams 7 11-0 T Scudamore 20/1
SP 20/1 Led, bumped 1st, narrowly headed 11th, chased leader, led again 14th, headed next, led again 4 out, headed after next, still pressing leaders 2 out, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner, no extra in 3rd flat opened 22/1 touched 18/1
4th 2 Silviniaco Conti (FR) P F Nicholls 6 11-7 R Walsh 11/10f
SP 11/10f Prominent, went 2nd 3rd, led 11th, narrowly headed 14th, led again next, narrowly headed 4 out, led again after 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened between last 2 opened 5/4
5th 21 7 Our Island (IRE) Tim Vaughan 7 11-0 p R Johnson 50/1
SP 50/1 Went left 1st, tended to jump left after, chased leaders, ridden and weakened 15th, tailed off
F 6 Baile Anrai (IRE) Ian Williams 8 11-0 Harry Skelton 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up in last pair but in touch, headway 14th, travelling well in close 4th when fell 3 out opened 25/1
UR 3 Helpston Mrs P Sly 8 11-4 David England 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, blundered and unseated rider next opened 14/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.70 Tote Place £2.80 £1.60 Straight Forecast £17.23 Exacta £20.20 Swingers 1&2 £2.40, 2&3 £4.00, 1&3 £6.90

Placepot £52.70, Pool: £150026.77, 2078.16 winning tickets
Quadpot £17.50, Pool: £9559.54, 403.28 winning tickets

Analysis

Some promising types went to post and INVICTUS led them home on his first try at three miles. He had underperformed at first glance when third at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but had the viable excuse of losing a shoe early in the race on that occasion. Things got back on track here as he jumped and travelled well to put himself in the picture for next month's RSA Chase at Cheltenham. Level with the leaders at the second last, he opened up an advantage on the run to the final fence and another clean leap had the race in safe-keeping. Connections feel he has a "gear" for a three-mile horse and that should be an asset come the Festival. Bobs Worth had undergone a wind operation since Boxing Day and had only just started to come to hand again so this was a display that deserves extra credit. He was being shoved along four from home which led to more serious driving off the home turn. He pecked two out then found some extra momentum as he went in pursuit of the winner galloping to the final fence. A slightly slow leap there extinguished any slight chance of laying down a serious challenge but he stuck to his guns really well and this is a performance he can build on. Alfie Spinner made much of the running and his sound jumping and consistency will mean he is winning again soon if his sights are lowered slightly. Silviniaco Conti finished three lengths in front of Bobs Worth in the Feltham over Christmas and got into a nice rhythm here. He was bang in the firing line two out but was soon going up and down on the spot and finished his race pretty weakly. His stable was under a cloud after the weekend which could have been the cause or perhaps he did not quite see out this stiffer three miles. Baile Anrai is a scopey sort and had won two novice events at a lower level. He was well worth a crack in this company and had still not been asked for maximum effort when he misjugded the third last. He has bounced back from a fall earlier in the season so lets hope that is the case once again as he is a promising performer. Our Island was under pressure early on the second circuit and gradually dropped away while the consistent Helpston got no further than the third.