16:50 Cheltenham

Tuesday 10 March 2020

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)

Class 1  |   2m 4f 44y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   20 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 16:50  |   Winning time: 5m 24.32s

1st
8
4/1j
T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass
Chased leaders, went 2nd before 9th, led before 2 out, clear flat, idled inside final 100 yards, stayed on well, ridden out
2nd
3 ¼
10
611-4
4/1j
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, headway going well after 3 out, went 2nd next, not pace of winner and edging left flat, rider soon lost rein briefly, no impression, kept on towards finish op 13/2
3rd
9
2
10/1
T: M R ChannonJ: J J Burke
Mid-division, pushed along to close from 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, went 3rd final 150 yards, no impression on front pair op 9/1 tchd 8/1
4th
½
21
14/1
T: H D DalyJ: T J O'Brien
Mid-division, took keen hold, not fluent 12th, headway when not much room on inside after 3 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat tchd 16/1
5th
½
15
12/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up, closed going well on inside from 4 out, disputing 2nd 2 out, soon ridden and held, stayed on same pace flat
6th
4 ¾
16
33/1
T: G O'LoughlinJ: D J McInerney (3)
Held up in mid-division, mistake 8th headway and switched right when not much room and stumbled 2 out, held after
7th
3
12
33/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Towards rear, not fluent 9th, mistake 11th, headway after 3 out, no impression when bumped 2 out op 25/1
8th
sh
9
18/1
T: J ScottJ: Nick Scholfield
Led until 2nd, chased leaders, lost place before mistake and bumped 2 out, well beaten after
9th
1 ½
17
40/1
T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan
Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, chasing leaders 2 out, weakened before last
10th
2 ¾
4
40/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: D A Jacob
Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd until before 5th, lost place before 2 out, weakened op 50/1
11th
11
14
16/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Held up in rear, switched right and headway when blundered 3 out, soon weakened op 22/1
12th
3 ½
11
66/1
T: F O'BrienJ: Jack Tudor (5)
Mid-division, headway 7th, lost place 9th, mistake 11th, behind from next, mistake and hampered 2 out
13th
29
20
14/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
In touch in mid-division, closed before 9th, lost place after 3 out, soon behind op 12/1

Also Ran

F
1
14/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Chased leaders, went 2nd before 5th, led approaching next, not fluent 10th (water), headed when fell 2 out op 12/1
PU
3
8/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Held up towards rear on outside, headway before 9th, lost place after 4 out, well behind when pulled up before 2 out op 7/1
UR
5
20/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Conor Shoemark
Held up, hampered and unseated rider 3rd op 25/1 tchd 22/1
F
6
20/1
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
Mid-division, fell 3rd op 25/1
PU
7
25/1
T: N J HendersonJ: J McGrath
Prominent, led 2nd, headed before 6th, not fluent 8th, not fluent and short of room 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out tchd 20/1
PU
18
33/1
T: Matthew J SmithJ: B J Cooper
Not fluent in rear, hampered 3rd, badly hampered 3 out, pulled up before 2 out op 25/1
PU
19
50/1
T: Suzi BestJ: T Scudamore
In rear, hampered 3rd, mistake 11th, behind next, pulled up after 3 out

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Non-Runners

13
Mellow Ben59
Weight: 11-2|  Age: 7
T: C Gordon  J: Non Runner
Betting

Forecast

Imperial Aura (4/1), Galvin (4/1), Espoir De Guye (8/1), Hold The Note (10/1), Beakstown (12/1), Whatmore (14/1), Trainwreck (14/1), Precious Cargo (14/1), Earlofthecotswolds (16/1), Champagne Court (18/1), Knight In Dubai (20/1), Jarveys Plate (20/1), Champagne Mystery (25/1), Mitchouka (33/1), Highest Sun (33/1), Lord Schnitzel (33/1), Mellow Ben (33/1), Daly Tiger (40/1), Torpillo (40/1), De Plotting Shed (50/1), Paint The Dream (66/1)

Verdict
As fiercely competitive as you would expect, a case can be made for many of these. Those at the top of the market in Imperial Aura and Galvin have shown the requisite ability to win this race and are both open to improvement on their handicap debuts. HOLD THE NOTE is also making his handicap debut after a narrow defeat in a Grade 2 last time and that form is up there with the best on offer over fences. Espoir De Guye brings the best handicap form but has a 14lb rise after hosing up at Ascot in December for a trainer who is no stranger to Festival success whilst fellow handicap debutants Beakstown and Earlsofthecotswolds have good each-way claims.
  1. Hold The Note
  2. Galvin
  3. Beakstown

Previous Winners

2019
A Plus Tard
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 5
Weight: 11-5  |  
Age: 5  |  
J: Rachael Blackmore
  |  
T: H De Bromhead
5/1
Prize Money
1st:
£39,389.00
2nd:
£14,840.00
3rd:
£7,427.00
4th:
£3,710.00
5th:
£1,862.00
6th:
£931.00
7th:
£462.00
8th:
£238.00

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