Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 15:00 Betfair Super Saturday Chase 2m 1f

  • Winner £25,628 2nd £9,616 3rd £4,815 4th £2,398
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 18.40s
  • Off time: 15:00:12
15:00 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Wishfull Thinking 4/1
2nd French Opera 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 216-223 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Edgardo Sol (FR) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-6 P F Nicholls A P McCoy 155 11/43.75
2 F25-214 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 44
Nag me
10 11-6 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 4/15.00
3 292211 Yellow, Red sash, Red cap, Yellow star Shooters Wood (IRE) 56
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-4 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 140 10/34.33
5 1F32P-P Maroon, Yellow cap, Maroon spots Tanks For That (IRE) 77
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-4 N J Henderson A Tinkler 155 14/115.00
7 51/2F4-4 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 44
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 158 9/43.25
8 4-73123 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 7
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-0 b N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 126 20/121.00
Non runners
41532-36Stagecoach Pearl911-4Mrs S J SmithRyan Mania146
62P32-11Majala (FR)711-3T R George2nd Preference147

Verdict

Simonsig's defection has taken much of the gloss off this Grade 2 as stablemates Tanks For That and French Opera aren't in the same league as the grey, though the latter did win this two years ago. Stagecoach Pearl and Pigeon Island appear to have a bit to find at the weights while Majala steps out of novice company but has a first preference at Warwick today. Ruby Walsh has chosen the much-improved Shooters Wood ahead of EDGARDO SOL but that's allowed A P McCoy to pick up the ride on the Nicholls' versatile six-year-old, who hasn't done a lot wrong over fences or hurdles this season. If he can recapture the form he showed at Aintree last April, he could be the one to beat as Wishfull Thinking disappointed at Kempton over Christmas after winning a minor contest at Cheltenham.