13:55 Sandown Fri 7 December 2018

  • Direct Commercial Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 2m 4f 10y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£9,384.002nd£2,772.003rd£1,386.004th£693.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 30.6sOff time:13:55:11
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1
611-10OR: 127BF
11/2

127-rated hurdler who vainly chased home the 8L winner Eragon De Chanay on heavy ground (2m4f) here last month; could prove sharper for that seasonal reappearance; interesting to see how this stablemate of Turtle Wars handles the switch to fences.

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3
Magoot265
611-9OR: 126
14/1

Backed up his French hurdles win for Yannick Fouin with an all out success on debut for Paul Nicholls at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in March; off since, but this half-brother to Sam Winner is a noteworthy chasing debutante.

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4
611-8OR: 125BF
16/1

Winning Irish pointer who hasn't always appeared to have the heart for a battle since switched to David Pipe; beaten favourite when last seen in a 2m7f Bangor maiden hurdle; very risky on first rules outing over fences.

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5
911-8OR: 125D
14/1

13-race maiden over fences (has won a PTP); probably has the ability to win a race eventually judged upon a couple of runner-up efforts at Taunton (2m7f) and Newbury (2m6f+), however, that's unlikely to be today on his seasonal reappearance.

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6
711-6OR: 123
13/2

Fairly well suited by these Sandown fences, twice finishing runner-up over C&D with cut underfoot, including when beaten 1¼L by Springtown Lake last month; holds every chance in an open race despite a 3lb higher mark.

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7
511-5OR: 122
4/1

Stablemate of The Bottom Bar; weakened late on when finishing fifth to Sam's Gunner in the Grade 3 novices' final here in March (2m4f, soft); off since, but remains a horse of potential now switched to a new discipline.

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8
711-5OR: 122
5/1

€110,000 3yo who made his mark over hurdles achieving a career best when beating The Mighty Don by a neck at Kempton (2m5f, good) in February; finished third (behind The Bottom Bar) in a seasonal pipe-opener over hurdles; second chasing start.

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10
711-3OR: 120
33/1

Point winner who fair bolted up in a 2m3f+ handicap hurdle at Chepstow in April, but paid the price to the handicapper for that success; out of his depth and far from proficient on recent Ascot rules chasing debut; cheekpieces applied.

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11
611-3OR: 120
25/1

Point winner who was sold for £50,000 in April 2017; lightly raced over hurdles, and although steadily progressive looks to be fairly harshly treated with an official rating of 120; can find his level over fences (debut) but this looks tough.

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12
511-2OR: 119
12/1

No match for the winner Sizing Granite at Newbury in March (2m, soft) and ended the season with a low-key performance; probably better than the bare result on his Chepstow chasing debut (2m), yet still requires plenty of further improvement.

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13
711-1OR: 118
15/2

Bounced back quickly from an unfortunate mishap on chasing debut when jumping well throughout and determinedly repelling Diplomate Sivola by ½L at Fontwell (2m5f+) latest; 13lb higher today, so that's the obvious snag.

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14
610-12OR: 115
33/1

No win since a shock 40/1 victory at Worcester (2m novices' hurdle) in November 2017 and has plenty to prove in the stamina department based upon his more recent hurdling exploits; doesn't appear anywhere near strong enough on chasing debut.

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15
810-10OR: 113
66/1

Six-race maiden who was returning from a 16-month absence when finishing a not disgraced 30L fifth of nine to Forecast at Lingfield (2m3f+ handicap hurdle) 24-days ago; faces a far tougher assignment here on chasing debut.

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16
610-7OR: 110BFD
25/1

Stablemate of Inaminna; handled soft-ground well in a low-key novice campaign (hurdles) winning over 2m at Lingfield and 2m4f at Sedgefield; competes in a very challenging contest on her chasing and seasonal debut; unlikely.

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Non-Runners

2
Oh Land Abloom12
811-10OR: 127
T: N B KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
9
Secret Legacy23
711-4OR: 121
T: Ian WilliamsJ: T J O'Brien

Last Year's Winner

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Touch Kick611-65/2
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden

Betting

Forecast

Turtle Wars (4/1), Kings Walk (5/1), The Bottom Bar (11/2), Lithic (13/2), Glen Rocco (15/2), Early Du Lemo (12/1), Private Malone (14/1), Magoo (14/1), Oh Land Abloom (14/1), Warthog (16/1), Secret Legacy (16/1), Molly Carew (25/1), Smuggler's Blues (25/1), Inaminna (33/1), Pointed And Sharp (33/1), Triggitas (66/1)

Verdict

An ultra-competitive novices' handicap chase in which a clear round could prove a challenge too negotiate with a number of chasing newcomers in the line-up. Undoubtedly there are various horses with more promising long-term futures than LITHIC but the Jonjo O'Neill-trained 7yo appears well suited by the characteristics of this particular track and could well defy a 3lb rise for a solid run behind Springtown Lake. Others worthy of consideration include the Henderson-duo Turtle Wars and The Bottom Bar, the Paul Nicholls-trained Magoo and the Colin Tizzard-trained Kings Walk.
  1. Lithic
  2. Turtle Wars
  3. Magoo

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