Newbury

  • 15:10 Barbury International Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 53.20s
  • Off time: 15:13:07
15:10 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Aerial (FR) 10/3
2nd Dan Breen (IRE) 18/1
3rd Rileyev (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 107-327 White, Crimson hoops, Black cap Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 35
Nag me
9 11-12 P F Nicholls Mr S Clements (7) 158 22/123.00
3 712-414 RED, WHITE seams, ROYAL BLUE and WHITE hooped sleeves and cap Aerial (FR) 35
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-3 P F Nicholls R Walsh 149 10/34.33
4 F-P29PP Dark Green and White stripes, Dark Green sleeves, White armlets, White cap Crescent Island (IRE) 14
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-0 b N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 146 50/151.00
5 0/10-0U7 Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue cap, Red star Dave's Dream (IRE) 56
Nag meCourse Winner
9 10-12 b1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 144 8/19.00
6 D713-89 Black, White hoops and sleeves Dan Breen (IRE) 35
Nag me
7 10-11 p1 D Pipe C O'Farrell (3) 143 18/119.00
7 211-206 Yellow, Red spots Araldur (FR) 35
Nag me
8 10-9 A King R Thornton 141 6/17.00
8 2P/22-43 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Pasco (SWI) 56
Nag meCourse Winner
9 10-8 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 140 8/19.00
9 5F-4245 Light Blue, Purple chevron, quartered cap Passato (GER) 44
Nag me
8 10-2 t Miss J S Davis P J Brennan 134 11/112.00
10 96F-246 White, Black braces, Black sleeves, White stars, Black cap, White star Pickamus (FR) 62
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-2 H D Daly R Johnson 134 12/113.00
11 35/9673 Dark Blue, White cross belts, chevrons on sleeves Fix The Rib (IRE) 49
Nag me
9 10-2 G L Moore J E Moore 134 14/115.00
12 1U-29P5 Dark Blue, Lilac sleeves, Lilac and White quartered cap Fine Parchment (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-1 t C J Mann G Sheehan (10) 133 11/26.50
13 212574 Royal Blue, Yellow diamonds on sleeves and cap Rileyev (FR) 7
Nag meCourse Winner
7 10-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 129 14/115.00
Non runners
246306-3Mad Max (IRE)1011-4N P MulhollandD C Costello150

Verdict

Aerial has finished ahead of several of today's rivals at Cheltenham and Ascot this season but his latest fourth at the former venue suggests he's in the handicapper's grip now and Paul Nicholls may have a better chance of success with Pasco. Runner-up in this Grade 3 two years ago, the nine-year-old is a couple of pounds lower now and may well have been trained with this race in mind. Along with Dave's Dream, FINE PARCHMENT was one of those behind Aerial in the Paddy Power in November but he now enjoys a massive 16lb turnaround in the weights and that's without taking into account promising claimer Gavin Sheehan's 10lb allowance. Only 3lb higher than when jumping his rivals silly here 12 months ago, Charlie Mann's gelding could be poised for a repeat. The step up in trip may suit the once-promising Dan Breen and he could reward each-way support while Fix The Rib is also worth a second look.