Today's racecards

Warwick

  • 14:40 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase 2m

  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 16.60s
  • Off time: 14:42:11
14:40 Warwick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Majala (FR) 2/1
2nd His Excellency (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2P32-11 WHITE, DARK BLUE star, sleeves and cap Majala (FR) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 t T R George J M Maguire 147 2/13.00
2 P3-1521 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Fago (FR) 24
Nag me
5 11-5 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 150 11/102.10
3 155230 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap His Excellency (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-5 D Pipe C O'Farrell 151 8/19.00
5 51-3131 Black, yellow disc, black sleeves, yellow stars, white cap Marshal Zhukov (IRE) 58
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 t Mrs Caroline Keevil Ian Popham 142 13/27.50
6 2-62F14 Red, Light Green star and star on cap Sew On Target (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 120 33/134.00
Non runners
403-514FAct Of Kalanisi (IRE)711-4Dr R D P NewlandT J O'Brien140

Verdict

FAGO, runner-up in a Grade 1 over fences at Auteuil in November, didn't jump with any real fluency on his chasing bow for Paul Nicholls at Newbury but should have learnt from that experience and can take this before heading for Cheltenham. He has a little bit to find with Majala on a line through Ohio Gold, who has finished runner-up to both, but has a huge amount of scope and receives 2lb from Tom George's dual winner who is also engaged at Newbury. His Excellency, runner-up to Shooters Wood in a Cheltenham handicap in December, finished tailed off over hurdles there last month but is undoubtedly capable of winning this at his best but the remaining trio will all need to make progress to test the principals, though Marshal Zhukhov looks a nice prospect.