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Wincanton

  • 14:25 Higos Insurance Wells Novices' Chase2m 5f

  • £9,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £5,854 2nd £1,719 3rd £860 4th £429
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 19.20s
  • Off time: 14:25:52

Full result

14:25 Wincanton Result 8th January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st The Minack (IRE) 10-12 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 7 5/4f
Disputed 2nd, challenged 4 out, soon led narrowly, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 7/4 touched 7/4 £600-£400 £500-£400
2nd Bouggler 11-4 Paul Moloney Miss E C Lavelle 6 5/2
Disputed 2nd, led 12th, headed narrowly after 4 out, kept on and every chance until ridden and one pace flat opened 15/8 touched 5/2
3rd Rougham 10-7 R P Flint P J Hobbs 5 13/2
Led, mistake and headed 12th, ridden and outpaced by leading pair 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression opened 6/1 touched 13/2
4th 8 Lord Ragnar (IRE) 10-12 A Tinkler N J Henderson 8 5/1
Not fluent early, held up behind in touch, jumped left 11th, outpaced by leading trio 5 out, weakened 3 out opened 9/2 touched 7/1
PU Persian Run (IRE) 10-12 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 7 40/1
Held up in rear in touch, struggling 11th, tailed off when pulled up 4 out opened 33/1 touched 40/1
NR Straw Bear (USA) 10-12 A Thornton N J Gifford 10

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.20,2.10
Straight Forecast: £4.43 Exacta: £4.40

Placepot: £16.00, Pool: £66503.64, 3024.43 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.00, Pool: £3769.36, 252.7 winning tickets

Verdict

A thoroughly likeable performance, if that isn't too bland a statement, from THE MINACK. A winning point-to-pointer, the seven-year-old had been brought along slowly over hurdles with fences in mind and he looks a possible Cheltenham horse on this evidence. Although his head-carriage leaves him looking a tad ungainly, he was thoroughly in charge in this race having jumped well throughout. Rougham had taken the field along for the early stages but he was forced to surrender his lead to Bouggler at the open ditch and although he battled away back in third he never really looked like challenging the big boys; this developed into a straight shootout between Bouggler and The Minack turning for home. Bouggler, having been niggled along for a fair way (having looked like he wasn't concentrating more than anything else), was joined at the third last and The Minack went up by a neck. Two professional jumps later, under a confident Nick Scholfield, and victory was his. This was over 2m5f and the most obvious races at Cheltenham are the new Jewson Novices' race and the RSA. The former may be the favoured run, as he looks a horse with plenty of speed, indeed it wouldn't be the upset of the century were he to launch an Arkle challenge although that looks unlikely. The runner-up is a battler and ran well under his 6lb penalty; he was a Grade One winner over hurdles and, at the age of six, has every chance of adding to that over fences, especially at somewhere like Aintree. Persian Run was never really in the hunt, but the bigger disappointment was Lord Ragnar. This was his first run over fences and his first of the season however he ran a flat race, getting outpaced even before the pace had quickened. On this evidence, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see him fitted with headgear for future starts.