Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 14:10 GPG Novices' Chase 3m

  • Winner £13,668 2nd £5,129 3rd £2,568 4th £1,279
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 3.58s
  • Off time: 14:10:30
14:10 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grands Crus (FR) 2/7

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1122-61 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-9 t D Pipe T Scudamore 2/71.29
2 3070-14 Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Viking Blond (FR) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-6 b N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 140 12/113.00
3 5/4220-2 White and Black stripes, Royal Blue sleeves, White cap Alfie Spinner (IRE) 30
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-2 Nick Williams J Reveley 14/115.00
4 U1/11- Dark Blue, Light Blue hoops, checked sleeves and checked cap Sonofvic (IRE) 278
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 6/17.00

Verdict

Sonofvic won both starts over hurdles last season and has already scored between the flags. He should prove even better now tackling fences but is thrown in at the deep end here against GRAND CRUS. Easily the second-best staying hurdler last season behind Big Bucks, David Pipe's grey made a seamless transition to fences at Cheltenham and the step up in distance should see him in an even better light. Viking Blond beat Alfie Spinner at Chepstow last month but the latter is better off at the weights here and there shouldn't be much to choose between the pair today, though both are likely to struggle to match strides with the selection.