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  • 13:35 Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Registered As The Berkshire Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) £24,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £13,668 2nd £5,129 3rd £2,568 4th £1,279
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 0.20s
  • Off time: 13:35:20

Full result

13:35 Newbury Result 25th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Bobs Worth (IRE) 11-1 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 Evsf
Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, went left 12th, not much room when blundered 4 out, ballooned next and 2 out, over 2 lengths 2nd but closing last, driven and strong challenge flat, stayed on to lead last stride opened 11/10 touched 11/10 £375-£300 £2400-£2000 £400-£400
2nd s.h Cue Card 11-8 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 2/1
Took keen hold, led, blundered 4 out, over 2 lengths ahead last, hard driven flat, caught last stride opened 15/8 touched 2/1 £937-£500(x2)
3rd 35 Mad Moose (IRE) 11-5 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 7 18/1
Blundered 1st, raced in 4th, went 3rd at 3rd, dropped to 4th again after 11th, went modest 3rd again soon after 4 out, out, never any chance with leading duo opened 16/1 touched 18/1
4th 15 Spirit River (FR) 11-1 A P McCoy N J Henderson 6 9/2
Took keen hold, tracked leading pair until steadied to 4th and not fluent 3rd, slight peck 7th, blundered next, went 3rd again after 11th until blundered 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off and eased opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £2000-£400

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.90
Straight Forecast: £3.39 Exacta: £3.10

Jackpot: £1,041.60, Pool: £30764.83, 24.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £29.80, Pool: £104059.47, 2544.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £13.70, Pool: £5917.13, 319.25 winning tickets

Verdict

Just the four runners for a race whose best recent winner has been Denman but it was a terrific renewal nonetheless. Spirit River had jumped superbly when an odds-on favourite until taking a heavy fall 12 months ago and his season went downhill thereafter. He travelled quite well for much of this year's race but weakened tamely in the straight suggesting that something may well be amiss and his jumping still leaves plenty to be desired. Connections have their work cut out to get this useful hurdler - who was expected to rank highly amongst last year's novices - back to his best. He was the stable's second string this time around behind Albert Bartlett winner BOBS WORTH whose stamina won him the day under a good introductory ride. He was given plenty of time to recover having been knocked out of his stride by Cue Card at the fourth last and was still two lengths down jumping the last. His jumping was safe and economical, this was an excellent start to his chasing career and there's plenty to like about his professional attitude. Cue Card comes out as the best horse at the weights although the margin of defeat may have been greater but for their coming together four from home. This exuberant racer, who carries his head rather high, was allowed to stride on on this occasion and did little wrong in defeat. His jumping was pretty good in the main, he saw out the race well and connections will have every right to be pleased by this performance albeit that he has some way to go in order to reach the heights that had initially been hoped for. Mad Moose nearly parted company with his rider at the first fence but soon recovered and ran as well as can have been expected in this company. Connections picked up some nice prize money for this run and their gelding should continue to be competitive in his grade.