12:45 Newbury

Saturday 26 November 2022

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    Coral John Francome Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 7f 86y  |   Good  |   3 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:45  |   Winning time: 6m 2.1s
1
Horse silk
Thyme Hill22
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-8| J: T J O'Brien| T: P J Hobbs| OR:  161| C
4/7
Dual Grade 1 winning hurdler who finished (runner-up in last year's Stayers' Hurdle and sound start over fences, landing an Exeter novice (24.2f) on return 3 weeks ago. Looks sure to go on to better things in this sphere and leading claims.
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Timeform
3
Horse silk
McFabulousp12
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-5| J: H Cobden| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  153| C
2/1
Smart hurdler who ended last season with success in Grade 2 company at Sandown and, having been pulled up on return/chase debut he made no mistake when comfortably taking 4-runner Exeter novice (19.2f) earlier this month. Should be plenty more to come in this sphere on that evidence.
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Timeform
4
Horse silk
Mortlacht21
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-5| J: P J Brennan| T: F O'Brien| OR:  132
9/1
Has made hay in small-field novice events this season, including 4 victories over fences at up to 21f. Acquitted himself well granted run of the race when second in Wincanton Grade 2 earlier this month but likelihood is he will fall short here.
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Timeform

Non-Runners

2
Horse silk
Gelino Bello29
Weight: 11-5|  Age: 6
T: P F Nicholls  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Thyme Hill (4/7), McFabulous (2/1), Gelino Bello (9/4), Mortlach (9/1)

Verdict

Only the 3 runners but intriguing nevertheless with the vote in favour of THYME HILL. A fine second in last season's Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham, he largely jumped well when off the mark on chasing bow at Exeter 3 weeks ago and can come out on top. The Paul Nicholls-trainer Mcfabulous is a similarly exciting chase prospect, and won't allow the selection to have things all his own way.

Previous Winners

2021
Ahoy Senor
Weight: 11-3  |Age: 6
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £28,475.002nd: £10,685.003rd: £5,350.004th: £2,665.005th: £1,340.006th: £670.00

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