Uttoxeter

  • 14:55 musicMagpie Is Free Beginners' Chase2m

  • Winner £2,339 2nd £687 3rd £343 4th £172
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 54.50s
  • Off time: 14:55:35
14:55 Uttoxeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Eastlake (IRE) 7/4
2nd Grafite 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 41/1280- Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Eastlake (IRE) 77
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 7/42.75
2 013904- BLACK, LIGHT BLUE disc, BLACK sleeves, LIGHT BLUE stars, BLACK cap, LIGHT blue star Grafite 26
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 B G Powell Nick Scholfield 5/16.00
3 42559U- Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Helium (FR) 10
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 Mrs S Leech Paul Moloney 124 5/23.50
4 513101/ Red, Mauve chevron and sleeves, White cap, Red spots Red Hot Poker 982
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-0 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 5/16.00
5 21121P- Maroon, White Diamonds on Sleeves Saute 21
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 vt Tim Vaughan R Johnson 8/19.00

Verdict

Only five runners in this novice chase but an interesting contest nevertheless. Saute won three times over hurdles last year and will have needed the run when pulled up at Aintree last month. He can make his mark over the larger obstacles but EASTLAKE also has plenty of untapped potential. Jonjo O'Neill's six-year-old never figured when well backed for a competitive handicap hurdle at Ascot in February but has a chasing pedigree and could be one to follow over the coming months. Another newcomer to fences, Grafite, has winning form on soft ground and could also figure if his jumping holds up but Red Hot Poker may be best watched after a long absence and Helium has proved disappointing so far.