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  • 12:00 Bathwick Tyres Supports Heros Andover Novices' Chase 2m 2f 110y

  • (For The Hallowe'en Trophy) £9,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £5,854 2nd £1,719 3rd £860 4th £429
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 39.35s
  • Off time: 12:00:32

Full result

12:00 Newbury Result 29th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Ghizao (GER) 11-10 Timmy Murphy P F Nicholls 6 11/4
Chased leading pair, led going well 4 out, 2 lengths ahead last, stayed on well to draw clear flat opened 11/4 touched 11/4 £3000-£1000 £1500-£500
2nd Captain Chris (IRE) 11-0 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 13/8f
Tended to jump right, not fluent 1st, chased leader, led 4th, went right and headed 4 out, soon 3rd, rallied flat, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £1000-£500 £2250-£1200 £1875-£1000 £1500-£800(x7) £750-£400(x4) £2100-£1200(x4) £1750-£1000(x8) £1400-£800(x4)
3rd nk Surfing (FR) 11-4 A P McCoy N J Henderson 4 11/2
Chased leader, chased winner 4 out, 2 lengths down last, weakened flat, lost 2nd close home opened 11/2 touched 6/1
4th 14 Balzaccio (FR) 11-0 R Thornton A King 5 14/1
Held up in touch, under pressure in modest 4th after 10th, no chance with leading trio opened 16/1 touched 16/1
5th 10 Little George (IRE) 11-6 W Hutchinson A King 7 14/1
Took keen hold early, chased leading trio until dropped to 5th 10th, struggling from 4 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
6th 35 Lucky To Be (FR) 11-4 J Ricou G Macaire 4 7/1
Behind, struggling in 6th after 10th, went left next, tailed off, bled from the nose opened 7/1 touched 7/1
7th 27 Sonning Star (IRE) 11-0 L Aspell N J Gifford 6 125/1
Always behind, struggling in rear 10th, tailed off opened 125/1 touched 150/1
8th 12 Babysitter (IRE) 11-0 R P Mclernon (3) Jonjo O'Neill 7 80/1
Always behind, struggling in last pair 10th, tailed off opened 80/1 touched 80/1
UR Dee Ee Williams (IRE) 11-6 L Treadwell N J Gifford 7 10/1
Led until 4th, disputing 4th when blundered and unseated rider 10th opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £10000-£700

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.80 Tote Place: £1.50,1.20,2.20
Straight Forecast: £8.15 Exacta: £8.00 Swingers: 1&2:1.70 2&3:3.40 1&3:3.60

Jackpot: £3,934.33 carried forward to Taunton, 30th Dec, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £74.60, Pool: £108288.43, 1058.58 winning tickets
Quadpot: £54.10, Pool: £5376.05, 73.44 winning tickets

Verdict

GHIZAO produced an authoritative display in thick fog to leap to the head of the Arkle market when readily pulling clear of Captain Chris and Surfing in a race that stablemate Kauto Star won in 2004. Ghizao had been well held on his seasonal return but improved markedly on that performance when returning to Cheltenham last time and confirmed himself down as one of the leading contenders for the Festival heat although it must be noted that Timmy Murphy was hardly bullish about his chances in that race in the immediate aftermath of his previous success as he believed the gelding would need testing conditions. The ground was certainly on the testing side here and the gelding ran on strongly from the last once the field came into view; Murphy reported that he had jumped well but made hard work of it and was better than he was able to show having missed some work due to the inclement weather. Captain Chris had a handy swing at the weights with the winner from Cheltenham and had since had a minor wind operation but was readily put in his place once again although it's worth noting that he had burst onto the scene on good spring ground last season. He had pulled himself to the front with a circuit to go and connections will be pleased with the way that he rallied to regain second from Surfing in the run to the line and he still has more to offer. Surfing was having his first start since arriving from France with a big reputation and ran well enough on his first run for Nicky Henderson; he appeared to jump well enough in the main and it will be interesting to see if he can improve from this. After the departure of Dee Ee Williams, who was close enough when unseating, Balzaccio was the only one to go with the principals and he has now run three solid races over fences and will be of interest when switched to handicaps.