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
  • Winner£22,780.002nd£8,548.003rd£4,280.004th£2,132.005th£1,072.006th£536.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 57.4sOff time:14:26:06
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1
811-1OR: 152D
9/2

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.

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2
711-1OR: 152CD
4/5

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.

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3
611-1OR: 145CD
8/1

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.

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4
611-1OR: 143D
16/1

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.

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5
611-1OR: 137WS
20/1

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.

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6
611-1OR: 155
5/1

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.

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Last Year's Winner

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La Bague Au Roi710-85/4
T: W GreatrexJ: R Johnson

Betting

Forecast

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)

Verdict

CHAMP took the highest order in novice company last season and put in a highly encouraging debut at this track earlier this month, jumping with fluency when not fully wound up. He should be able to take this contest on the way to loftier targets and is set to be Britain's leading staying novice chaser this term. Black Op bounced back to his very best last time after a truncated season but even that form may just fall short of the top level, while Vision Des Flos is a classy sort whose jumping will need to hold up back on his return to fences.
  1. Champ
  2. Black Op
  3. Vision Des Flos

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