Williamhill.com Novices' Chase (Registered As The Wayward Lad Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 8.40s
  • Off time: 13:30:10

Full Result

13:30 Kempton Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Dodging Bullets P F Nicholls 5 11-8 D A Jacob 7/4
SP 7/4 Sometimes jumped left, tracked leader 1st, closed 4 out, led before 3 out, came clear before 2 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on strongly £1875-£1000 £750-£400
2nd 10 5 Grandouet (FR) N J Henderson 6 11-2 B J Geraghty 1/2f
SP 1/2f Not always fluent and sometimes jumped left, raced keenly, led, headed before 3 out, mistake 3 out, no chance with winner, clear 2nd opened 4/7 touched 8/15 £800-£1300 £400-£650 £800-£1400(x2)
3rd 34 4 Bin End F Brennan 7 11-2 p Felix De Giles 100/1
SP 100/1 Chased leader until 1st, chased clear leading pair, no chance from 5th, tailed off opened 50/1
4th 24 2 Red Riverman N A Twiston-Davies 5 11-8 S Twiston-Davies 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in last pair, no chance from 5th, hit next, left in poor 4th at the last, tailed off opened 20/1
F 6 Lindsay's Dream Miss Z C Davison 7 10-9 p D Crosse 66/1
SP 66/1 Last pair, no chance from 5th, driven in poor 4th when fell last opened 50/1
NR 3 Valdez A King 6 11-8 R Thornton

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.00 Tote Place £1.10 £1.10 Straight Forecast £3.19 Exacta £3.20 Trifecta £30.40

Analysis

Paul Nicholls and owner Martin Broughton nailed DODGING BULLET's colours to the Arkle mast long ago and their five-year-old took a big step towards that objective with an impressive performance on ground that wasn't expected to be to his liking. The last three winners of this race were Simonsig, Sprinter Sacre and Riverside Theatre and, if he's half as good as those three, then he has a very bright future. The form of his Grade Two win at Cheltenham had received a couple of knocks and the initial impression here was that Grandouet, his only significant rival, had failed to run to form but that could be doing him an injustice. He travelled well off the pace, gradually moved into contention and pulled clear in the straight for a resounding success. This was his first win after November over obstacles but he was only beaten four lengths in the Triumph Hurdle so it would be presumptuous to label him as an autumn horse and connections will go to Cheltenham with confidence high. The same cannot be said of Grandouet who had run a pleasing race at Sandown on his previous start. While racing on better ground for the majority of his time since arriving in Britain, he has shown enough on softer surfaces to believe that can't be put forwards as an excuse. Perhaps something else was amiss and it will be interesting to see if connections can find him a suitable opportunity for a confidence booster before the spring festivals. The remainder were outclassed in this company.