14:10 Cheltenham

Wednesday 11 March 2020

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

RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   3m 80y  |   Soft  |   10 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:10  |   Winning time: 6m 28.67s

1st
5
811-4
4/1
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Not always fluent, held up towards rear, closed 12th, slow next (water), effort before 3 out, 3rd and outpaced home turn, pecked 2 out, 10 lengths off front pair last, stayed on well final 150 yards, led towards finish tchd 7/2
2nd
1
8
3/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Raced keenly, led until after 1st, led next, headed 5th, stayed pressing leader, led after 2 out, mistake last, hung right and pressed flat, headed towards finish
3rd
1
1
611-4
5/2f
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Led after 1st, headed next, led 5th, not fluent and pecked 12th, headed after 2 out, every chance from last, 3rd and no extra close home op 3/1 tchd 11/4 tchd 7/2
4th
22
3
7/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Mid-division on outside, headway from 10th, every chance 3 out, 4th and outpaced before 2 out, weakened before last op 11/1 tchd 12/1
5th
13
2
100/1
T: Mrs H O GrahamJ: Callum Bewley
Chased leaders, mistake 5th, pecked 12th, mistake and lost place 4 out, soon closed back up, weakened after 3 out op 80/1
6th
33
10
20/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Held up towards rear on inside, not always fluent, headway 15th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, hampered last, tailed off op 16/1

Also Ran

UR
4
50/1
T: W P MullinsJ: M P Walsh
Held up in rear, not fluent 12th, mistake and rider lost iron briefly 14th, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and beaten before home turn, 5th and well held when blundered and unseated rider 2 out op 66/1
F
6
6/1
T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden
Chased leaders, pushed along after 4 out, outpaced after next, soon weakened, fell last tchd 5/1
F
7
10/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Held up towards rear, headway 12th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, fell last tchd 12/1
PU
9
711-4
33/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Chased leaders, dropped into mid-division from 2nd, lost place before 8th, mistake 11th, pulled up before 14th op 28/1

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Betting

Forecast

Allaho (5/2), Minella Indo (3/1), Champ (4/1), Copperhead (6/1), Battleoverdoyen (7/1), Easy Game (10/1), Slate House (20/1), Pym (33/1), Castlebawn West (50/1), Aye Right (100/1)

Verdict
A race that has stayed in Britain on four of the last six years, and may do so again with the fast-improving COPPERHEAD looking tailor-made for this assignment. He jumps for fun and will stay all day long. Champ is fascinating and could have the class to land this prize but the error that cost him victory in the Dipper on New Year's Day was truly desperate and it will be heart in mouth stuff over the obstacles. Last year's Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo could be a massive threat over this trip while his old rival Allaho is seemingly the one Team Mullins have most faith in despite being beaten by Easy Game in December.
  1. Copperhead
  2. Minella Indo
  3. Allaho

Previous Winners

2019
Topofthegame
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 7
Weight: 11-4  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: H Cobden
  |  
T: P F Nicholls
4/1
Prize Money
1st:
£98,472.00
2nd:
£37,100.00
3rd:
£18,568.00
4th:
£9,275.00
5th:
£4,655.00
6th:
£2,328.00
7th:
£1,155.00
8th:
£595.00

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