Leicester

  • 13:05 John O'Gaunt Novices' Chase2m

  • Winner £6,330 2nd £1,870 3rd £935 4th £468
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 55.00s
  • Off time: 13:05:20
13:05 Leicester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Valco De Touzaine (FR) 4/9
2nd Buthelezi (USA) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F-35493 Pink, Purple triple diamond, armlets and diamond on cap Akula (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 M H Tompkins C Bolger 114 14/115.00
2 1510-4 Black, black and maroon striped cap Buthelezi (USA) 12
Nag me
5 11-0 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 5/23.50
3 4/1422-3 Light Blue, Grey stars on sleeves, Light Blue cap, Grey star Carli King (IRE) 17
Nag me
7 11-0 Mrs Caroline Bailey T Messenger 33/134.00
4 10/907-6 Beige, Brown seams, armlets and cap Force Of Habit 125
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 p1 Miss J E Foster Samantha Drake (5) 97 50/151.00
5 2633-21 Yellow, red star, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, orange cap Valco De Touzaine (FR) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 t P F Nicholls S Twiston-Davies 142 4/91.44

Verdict

It will be a shock if VALCO DE TOUZAINE is beaten here after his very impressive all-the-way victory at Wetherby and Paul Nicholls' grey is likely to be aimed at much bigger things in the future as he's only a four-year-old. Buthelezi had some smart form over timber and would have needed his opening run over fences after a break so he looks the main threat. Successful point-to-pointer Carli King finished a long way last of of three on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter while Akula, who failed to finish in his first three starts over fences, at least got round at Uttoxeter last month though well behind the winner.