Catterick

  • 15:55 Crusade-ex.co.uk For All Your Exhibition Needs Novices' Chase2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.80s
  • Off time: 15:55:22
15:55 Catterick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ockey De Neulliac (FR) 5/2
2nd Carrietau 4/1
3rd Traffic Control (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 6/23F-03 DARK GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves Another Charmer (IRE) 14
Nag me
9 10-12 P Salmon J Reveley 91 50/151.00
2 452131 GREEN, GOLD sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Carrietau 14
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-12 bt F P Murtagh Ryan Mania (3) 113 4/15.00
3 110-250 Red, Dark Blue chevron and armlets Faith And Reason (USA) 65
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-12 C Grant C I Gillies (3) 107 33/134.00
4 162-53F BLACK, WHITE cross belts, BLACK cap, RED diamond Ockey De Neulliac (FR) 11
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8 10-12 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 115 5/23.50
5 2571-P5 Emerald Green, Royal Blue disc, striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Quick Fix (IRE) 41
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-12 t T R George A Thornton 110 20/121.00
6 70-4873 DARK BLUE, YELLOW stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Smugglers Bay (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-12 p1 T D Easterby B Hughes 107 12/113.00
7 427-6F2 Red, Light Blue chevrons, Red sleeves, hooped cap Spellchecker (IRE) 52
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 10-12 J Howard Johnson P Buchanan 113 11/112.00
8 1/762P-7 WHITE, DARK BLUE star, sleeves and cap Traffic Control (IRE) 38
Nag me
7 10-12 T R George S Thomas 115 7/24.50
9 513884 Red, large Yellow spots Woody Valentine (USA) 14
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-12 Mrs E Slack J P O'farrell (3) 115 11/26.50

Verdict

Traffic Control might prove the best of these in time but he wants further, so our attentions turn to OCKEY DE NEULLIAC ahead of Spellchecker. Ferdy Murphy's strapping son of Cyborg fell at the final obstacle when looking the likely winner last time despite having pulled hard, so providing he settles better and isn't affected by that incident he rates the most likely winner with doubts surrounding the opposition. He won a decent hurdle contest on soft ground and stays further, but that effort at Newcastle showed that a race can come his way over the minimum trip and we feel it could well be this one. Spellchecker is the chief danger for a yard continuing in good form. This six-year-old remains a maiden from 11 starts but his best efforts have come on ground similar to today's and the drop back to the bare two miles could be a good move. He's travelled well more than once and should be found a race at some stage, whilst his official mark of 113 is bettered only by a couple including our pick and Traffic Control. The last named was well backed to take a good race last time but he surely won't have the speed over today's distance so of more interest is Carrietau who won a reasonable handicap last time. He's sure to go off in front and ask questions of his rivals but this return to novice company demands more and he may prove vulnerable in the closing stages. Woody Valentine is the third of those sharing a top rating of 115 and as he won a hurdle race over course and distance many will side with him. Our feeling is that he lacks the scope of some of today's rivals though and a place may be his best hope. Faith And Reason is a talented horse but you don't see many former Godolphin-trained horses running in novice chases and he didn't look a natural when beaten out of site on his fencing debut. There are a few with claims in this race but none appeal more than Ockey De Neulliac and he gets a strong vote.