Newbury

  • 13:20 Betfred Double Delight Novices' Chase2m 1f

  • Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 18.90s
  • Off time: 13:20:32
13:20 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fago (FR) 5/4
2nd Ohio Gold (IRE) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2P3-152 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Fago (FR) 73
Nag me
5 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 5/42.25
2 2F0F2-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Colour Squadron (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-0 P J Hobbs A P McCoy 7/42.75
3 42301/9- MAROON and LIGHT BLUE stripes, hooped cap James de Vassy (FR) 269
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 Nick Williams D A Jacob 16/117.00
4 25117-2 Dark Blue and White (quartered), hooped sleeves, Dark Blue cap Ohio Gold (IRE) 25
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 11-0 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 134 9/110.00
5 1F1110- Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Open Hearted 306
Nag me
6 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 11/26.50
6 513544 Grey, pink star, grey sleeves, pink stars, grey cap, pink star Petie Mcsweetie (IRE) 57
Nag me
6 11-0 R Woollacott Matt Griffiths (3) 200/1201.00
7 189/8-0 Dark blue, light blue hoop, armlets and cap Prolinx (IRE) 47
Nag me
8 11-0 C J Mann S Thomas 150/1151.00

Verdict

Considering A P McCoy was trying to cope with a slipping saddle here last month, COLOUR SQUADRON did really well to get within six lengths of Module on his chasing bow. His jumping improved as the race developed that day and he's fancied to get off the mark in this ahead of Haydock runner-up Ohio Gold, who was also useful over hurdles but may need another half-mile. Open Hearted makes his seasonal reappearance but is unlikely to fail through lack of fitness and could turn into a decent novice while Paul Nicholls' new arrival Fago has already won over fences at Auteuil and has been taking on decent opposition in his last two starts. James De Vassy has had his problems lately, however, and may need this.