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  • 14:10 Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (registered As The Berkshire Novices' Chase) (grade 2) £25,500 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £14,538 2nd £5,454 3rd £2,731 4th £1,362
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 10.70s
  • Off time: 14:11:25

Full result

14:10 Newbury Result 26th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cois Farraig 11-1 D Elsworth P R Webber 5 10/1
Led until narrowly headed 4th, chased leader until before 7th, left 2nd and slightly hampered 11th, led 12th, driven after 2 out, stayed on well flat opened 8/1 touched 10/1
2nd On Borrowed Wings (IRE) 11-8 Timmy Murphy A Fleming 7 22/1
Took keen hold, held up 5th, hit 3rd, hit 10th, left 3rd at 11th, chased winner 3 out, ridden after next, one pace and no impression from last opened 16/1 touched 25/1
3rd Celestial Halo (IRE) 11-1 N D Fehily P F Nicholls 6 6/4
Tracked leading pair, tracked leader before 7th, left in narrow lead and hampered 11th, mistake and headed 12th, blundered 3 out, soon lost 2nd, no impression before next, hung left and stayed on again flat opened 6/4 touched 13/8 £650-£400 £2580-£1720 £1500-£1000 £1200-£800(x3) £600-£400
4th 7 Erzen (IRE) 11-1 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 5 66/1
Chased leading trio, not fluent 10th, hampered next, close up and disputing 3rd when blundered 4 out, weakened from 2 out opened 40/1 touched 66/1
F Spirit River (FR) 11-1 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 10/11f
Chased leader, led 4th, blundered and fell 11th opened 11/10 touched 11/10 £1000-£800(x3) £500-£400(x4) £1200-£1000 £1100-£1000(x2) £550-£500 £473-£400 £1000-£1000 £500-£550

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££3.60,£2.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £9,169.32 carried forward to Newbury, 27th Nov
Placepot: £270.00, Pool: £84444.36, 228.26 winning tickets
Quadpot: £36.90, Pool: £8206.22, 164.15 winning tickets

Verdict

A shock result to a race that has been won by horses of the calibre of Punchestowns, Bacchanal and Denman in the past. Spirit River was a very well backed favourite and had jumped exceptionally well for a novice until falling at the eleventh. He settled well enough but had pulled himself into the lead by the turn that the field turned out of the home straight and was quite clever at the sixth when getting in a little close but he put in an extra stride when Barry Geraghty asked him to pick up at the eleventh and got it all wrong. IT remains to be seen how his confidence is affected by the fall but he had shaped terribly well prior to that point and remains capable of going to the top. Spirit River's fall should have handed the race to Celestial Halo but the smart hurdler (who fell on his chase bow at Exeter) never really had a decent cut at his fences and didn't travel with his usual fluency. He had tracked the favourite prior to that one's fall but was headed turning for home and a bad mistake at the third last put him out of the race; Noel Fehily allowed him to do his own thing over the final two fences and he showed his class when finishing strongly in the straight. He may just have been remembering his fall at Exeter but Celestial Halo has plenty to prove over fences after this performance. COIS FARRAIG, a winner of an Irish point, had failed to win over hurdles but did chase home a couple of smart Seven Barrows runners in Lush Life and Oscar Whisky and had shaped satisfactorily on his chase debut at Ascot behind Radium. He still needs to brush up on his jumping but stayed on strongly and will stay further in time. On Borrowed Wings travelled smoothly into contention but the concession of 7lbs anchored him; he had jumped well as he had when winning at Stratford on his chase debut and can make further progress in this sphere although handicapping may be his forte. Erzen was pitched in at the deep end and wasn't disgraced; his yard are enjoying a decent run and this useful staying hurdler is sure to be placed to advantage in due course.