14:25 Newbury Fri 29 November 2019
- Ladbrokes 'Where The Nation Plays' Novices' Chase (Registered As The Berkshire Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) (Class 1)
- 2m 3f 187y, Soft (Good to Soft in Places)
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Grade 1 winner over hurdles a couple of seasons ago before having a stop-start year last term. Bounced back in fine style with 15L victory at Stratford (2m5f) and could now be back to his best. Solid claims.
Proved to be a top-class novice hurdler last season, winning Grade 1 Challow here and Sefton Hurdle at Aintree (3m) along with a second in the Ballymore at the Cheltenham Festival (soft). Perfect chasing debut over 2m6f here. The one to beat.
Ratted up a quick fire four-timer last season, culminating with good success over 2m4f at Cheltenham (good) in April. Not disgraced into finishing second to Champ on chase last time but that rival likely to have the measure of him again.
Fair novice hurdler last season and made a very good start over fences when winning at Huntingdon (2m4f) earlier this month. Second has subsequently come out and won but this race requires another step up.
Best effort came in intermediate hurdle here (2m) last season but not as good since, including when pulling up in 2m4f Grade 3 at the Grand National meeting. Not seen since April and has had wind surgery but tough ask on chase debut.
Grade 2 hurdle winner who has been tried over fences before. Made respectable return when third to Top Notch at Aintree (2m4f) this month and is thrown back over fences. Entitled to place consideration.
Last Year's Winner
|La Bague Au Roi||7||10-8||5/4|
|T: W GreatrexJ: R Johnson|
Champ (4/5), Black Op (9/2), Vision Des Flos (5/1), Dashel Drasher (8/1), Deyrann de Carjac (16/1), Mont Des Avaloirs (20/1)
- Black Op
- Vision Des Flos
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