Fontwell Park

  • 13:10 Michael Afflick Is Great Novices' Handicap Chase2m 6f

  • Winner £3,054 2nd £897 3rd £448 4th £224
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 8.10s
  • Off time: 13:13:05
13:10 Fontwell Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Father Probus 5/2
2nd Emperor's Choice (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1080-PU Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 11
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-12 p D Pipe Tom Bellamy (7) 115 20/121.00
2 10/5PF-1 Dark blue, yellow cross belts, striped cap Kaituna (IRE) 32
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-11 O Sherwood L P Aspell 114 4/15.00
3 311-872 Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves Emperor's Choice (IRE) 17
Nag me
5 11-9 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 112 7/24.50
4 161112 White, royal blue stars, royal blue sleeves, white stars, royal blue cap Venetian Lad 32
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 Mrs L Richards M Goldstein 107 7/24.50
5 713-884 Dark green, white cross belts, red and white striped sleeves and cap Heavenstown (IRE) 15
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-4 J L Flint Donal Fahy 107 17/29.50
6 6P6134- Dark blue, yellow stripe, checked sleeves, yellow cap Father Probus 260
Nag me
6 11-2 Nick Williams D A Jacob 105 5/23.50
7 P2248-8 Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Winston Churchill (IRE) 9
Nag me
6 10-11 Mrs S Leech Paul Moloney 100 16/117.00

Verdict

This looks quite competitive with probably only Heavenstown, the returning Father Probus and Winston Churchill likely to struggle. Quinte du Chatelet, eased in grade, sees A P McCoy reunited with the Pipe team and he shouldn't be written off just yet while is nothing between Kaituna and course specialist Venetian Lad on their run together over C&D last month. EMPEROR'S CHOICE stepped up markedly on his chasing debut when chasing home Lord Tomnoddy at Ascot however. Only a five-year-old, there should be more to come from Venetia Williams' gelding and he gets the nod.