Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 15:50 StanJames Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 58.70s
  • Off time: 15:50:08
15:50 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pacha Du Polder (FR) 18/1
2nd Big Fella Thanks 9/1
3rd Tony Star (FR) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 447/U31 Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Big Fella Thanks 56
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-12 t T R George P J Brennan 154 9/110.00
3 1U1-P2P Red, black seams, black and beige chevrons on sleeves, black and red quartered cap Pacha Du Polder (FR) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 p1 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon (3) 145 18/119.00
4 15771-F Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap The Knoxs (IRE) 92
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-3 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 145 6/17.00
5 1114-35 Dark Green and Yellow stripes, Yellow sleeves and cap Pepite Rose (FR) 98
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-2 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 144 5/16.00
6 U/F-3525 White, Emerald Green chevron, Royal Blue sleeves and cap Mahogany Blaze (FR) 56
Nag me
11 10-12 p N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 140 20/121.00
7 2134F2 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stripe, YELLOW cap Tony Star (FR) 9
Nag me
6 10-10 P J Hobbs R Johnson 138 12/113.00
8 5P65P4 Yellow, Dark Blue triple diamond and armlets Micheal Flips (IRE) 36
Nag me
9 10-9 p Andrew Turnell Nick Scholfield 137 7/18.00
9 222241 Emerald Green, Purple spots, sleeves and spots on cap Midnight Sail 7
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 10-6 A King R Thornton 134 12/113.00
10 7113P/4 Grey, White epaulets Mr Gardner (IRE) 56
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 10-5 P Gundry T J O'Brien 133 12/113.00
11 23-1321 Maroon, Yellow diamond, chevrons on sleeves, Maroon cap, Yellow diamond Saved By John (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-4 t Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 132 16/117.00
13 822-213 White, large Red spots and armlets, Red and White quartered cap Garynella (FR) 77
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 10-2 t1 D Pipe T Scudamore 130 11/43.75
Non runners
221/46-P7BallaBriggs (IRE)1211-10D McCain Jnr2nd Preference152
1211U-7P4Bahrain Storm (IRE)1010-3Noel QuinlanR J Killoran131

Verdict

The Knoxs appears to be the Nicholls yard's number one hope but his jumping has always been a problem and Ryan Mahon takes 3lb off stablemate Pacha Du Polder, who might appreciate the better ground. Midnight Sail arrives in form having won at Kempton last week while the mare Pepite Rose and novice Tony Star can't be ignored. Garynella should strip fitter for his UK debut at Cheltenham but still needs to improve to figure in this grade whereas BIG FELLA THANKS has proven himself several times over. He won this in 2010 and has come right back to form for Tom George recently, beating subsequent Ayr winner Consigliere with more in hand than the official margin suggests at Wincanton last time. He can defy a 9lb weight rise as Saved By John is tackling better company now and Ballabriggs is being primed for another tilt at the Grand National and has a preferred engagement at Kelso today. Micheal Flips is on a decent mark but has been below par in recent outings.