Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 13:15 totepool Game Spirit Chase 2m 1f

  • Winner £17,103 2nd £6,417 3rd £3,213 4th £1,602
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 2.90s
  • Off time: 13:17:05
13:15 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st French Opera 7/2
2nd Tchico Polos (FR) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 45-1641 Purple, Yellow chevrons, Purple sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple star Cornas (NZ) 41
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 Nick Williams D A Jacob 153 7/18.00
2 12-1F27 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Tchico Polos (FR) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-6 t P F Nicholls A P McCoy 158 5/23.50
3 11121-9 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 41
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 156 7/24.50
4 32-U648 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 69
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-4 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 143 33/134.00
5 1/1203-4 Royal Blue, White stars, White sleeves, Royal Blue spots, quartered cap Sports Line (IRE) 64
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 147 7/24.50
6 4183-24 Maroon, Beige star, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Beige star Take The Breeze (FR) 13
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-3 P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 149 7/18.00
7 F42848 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap I'msingingtheblues (IRE) 41
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-0 t D Pipe T Scudamore 145 9/110.00

Verdict

Cornas beat Tchico Polos by almost three lengths at Sandown last month with the disappointing I'msingingtheblues and French Opera further behind. That was in a handicap, however, and the quartet re-oppose on entirely different terms here. The latter could be the one to take from that race today as that was his first start since beating Tchico Polos at Ayr last April and a win here would probably book his place in next month's Queen Mother Champion Chase. But we marginally prefer SPORTS LINE who was a good novice in Ireland last season and, though well beaten on his first start for Donald McCain at Exeter in December, will strip fitter here and is suited by plenty of give in the ground. Oiseau De Nuit is decent on his day but looks out of his depth in this company.