Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 12:55 Rooney/hall Beginners' Chase2m 1f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 13.50s
  • Off time: 12:56:35
12:55 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pasco (SWI) 8/11
2nd Isn't That Lucky 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 P7UP34/ Purple, White diamond, hooped sleeves Hi Blue 592
Nag me
9 11-0 Mrs Tracey Barfoot-Saunt J Stevenson (7) 200/1201.00
2 10/411-4 Mauve and White diamonds, striped sleeves, White cap Isn't That Lucky 39
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-0 Jonjo O'Neill R McGrath 7/18.00
3 211P-3 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Pasco (SWI) 37
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-0 P F Nicholls S Thomas 8/111.73
4 1253-22 Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Straw Bear (USA) 11
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 N J Gifford A P McCoy 2/13.00
5 P2F1/57 Yellow, Black star, sleeves and star on cap Thenford Trout (IRE) 15
Nag me
7 11-0 P R Webber D Elsworth 50/151.00

Verdict

This looks a potential match between PASCO and Straw Bear; the best idea may be to side with the horse at the most rewarding odds, however without that information we will just plump for Pasco. When the two clashed at Exeter in October, it was Straw Bear who did best, finishing second behind Sir Harry Ormesher. He followed that introductory run with a distant second to superstar Tatenen, and so has the advantage of one more chase run under his belt than Pasco. However the last-named raced freely at Exeter and it may be that for such a big horse he was in need of the run as he tired late on. Having won here over hurdles, the hope is that this exciting grey can go on to better things after a win here. Isn't That Lucky is the only other plausible alternative; Jonjo O'Neill's decent hurdler was a distant fourth on his chasing debut at Kempton behind a stablemate of Pasco's. This more testing track should suit and the market should help guide. An intriguing race, with the nomination going to Pasco.