Betfred Novices' Chase (Registered As The Noel Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) 2m 3f

  • (4yo+, 2m 3f, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner £17,162 2nd £6,466 3rd £3,236 4th £1,616 5th £811 6th £406 7th £201 8th £104
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 53.80s
  • Off time: 14:35:37

Full Result

14:35 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Fox Appeal (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-0 Aidan Coleman 5/4f
SP 5/4f Jumped well, took keen hold tracking leader, led narrowly 10th, came clear before 2 out, stayed on strongly, easily opened 7/4 £700-£400 £1200-£800
2nd 10 5 Raya Star (IRE) A King 7 11-0 R Thornton 3/1
SP 3/1 Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4 out, pushed along and no chance with winner before 2 out, kept on for clear 2nd opened 5/2 £1500-£500
3rd 15 4 Mr Mole (IRE) P F Nicholls 5 11-0 t A P McCoy 11/4
SP 11/4 Took keen hold and held up last, mistake 6th, blundered 9th, mistakes 4 out and next, went modest 3rd 2 out, never involved opened 5/2 £1260-£420 £900-£300
4th 12 2 Up To Something (FR) C E Longsdon 5 11-4 pt N Fehily 13/2
SP 13/2 Leed, narrowly headed 10th, chased winner until 4 out, soon outpaced in 3rd, weakened to 4th 2 out, finished tired opened 6/1 touched 15/2
NR 1 Sergeant Dick (IRE) F Brennan 8 11-4 S Twiston-Davies

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.80 Straight Forecast £5.40 Exacta £5.80 Trifecta £12.50

Placepot £49.00, Pool: £137193.23, 2042.06 winning tickets
Quadpot £34.20, Pool: £6826.18, 147.3 winning tickets

Analysis

Aidan Coleman reportedly told Emma Lavelle to aim FOX APPEAL at the Arkle Trophy and his bold front-running style should certainly be suited to that test while his proven stamina will come in handy but it would be surprising if he had the requisite quality to win that contest in a typical year. He certainly wasn't winning out of turn after fine runs in defeat behind a decent pair of Paul Nicholls-trained novices in Wonderful Charm and Black Thunder who have Festival aspirations themselves. He deserves full credit for this victory although this race rather fell apart with Mr Mole let down by his jumping (he had got away with it at Warwick) as Tony McCoy attempted to employ the exaggerated waiting tactics on this notoriously tricky customer that had worked so well on his chase debut. There is a cloud over Alan King's stable at present which offers a possible excuse for Raya Star but he has been soundly beaten on his last two chase starts without any obvious excuses and perhaps he simply isn't going to prove as good at this discipline as he was over hurdles. Up To Something ran well on this card last year when second in the Grade Two novice hurdle but he was a shade disappointing here even allowing for the stiff task that faced him. Brushed aside by Wonderful Charm at Newbury last time, he has finished first and second in two runs in handicap chase company and a return to that sphere should see him more competitive.