Newbury

  • 12:40 Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Novices' Limited Handicap Chase3m

  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 56.16s
  • Off time: 12:40:27
12:40 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Benvolio (IRE) 8/1
2nd Midnight Prayer 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 840-112 White, maroon cross belts, hooped sleeves, maroon cap Whats Happening (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 t T R George P J Brennan 138 11/26.50
2 437-313 Red, yellow hoops, yellow and red diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap, red spots Gas Line Boy (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-1 h P J Hobbs R Johnson 134 5/16.00
3 1/0311-F DARK GREEN, RED seams, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Benvolio (IRE) 31
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-0 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 133 8/19.00
4 P6-1133 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap According To Trev (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 vt N A Twiston-Davies A P McCoy 133 7/24.50
5 941-61U Dark blue, beige seams, beige and dark blue hooped sleeves and cap Midnight Prayer 11
Nag meBeaten Favourite
8 10-11 A King R Thornton 130 7/42.75
6 4/131-41 ORANGE, BLACK epaulets, BLACK and ORANGE halved sleeves, BLACK cap Ace Fighter Pilot 163
Nag me
7 10-8 Jim Best T Scudamore 127 16/117.00
7 5/2606-1 Yellow, Brown stripe, Dark Green sleeves, Brown cap Alpancho 28
Nag me
7 10-5 t B I Case Killian Moore (5) 117 16/117.00

Verdict

What's Happening completed a double for Mick Hourigan in the summer and made a fair debut for Tom George on this track behind the potentially useful Easter Day. Gas Line Boy won a handicap at this level at Exeter before stepping up in class and failing to defy a 7lb rise in the weights at Haydock. Benvolio won twice over hurdles at Wincanton earlier in the year but fell at the first on his chasing debut at Fontwell. According To Trev was never really travelling at Exeter last time but had run well at Cheltenham previously. MIDNIGHT PRAYER was left clear at the last when scoring at Stratford then unseated his rider when looking the likely winner at Chepstow - compensation awaits here. Ace Fighter Pilot stayed on strongly to score at Newton Abbot and there's more to come but shock Warwick winner Alpancho is 7lb out of the handicap.