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  • 14:55 Betfair Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Registered As The Scilly Isles Novices' Chase) (Grade 1) £25,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £14,238 2nd £5,342 3rd £2,675 4th £1,332
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 50.80s
  • Off time: 14:57:59

Full result

14:55 Newbury Result 17th February 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st For Non Stop (IRE) 11-4 N Fehily Nick Williams 7 3/1
Held up, headway after 12th, ridden when mistake 3 out, led last, stayed on well opened 10/3 touched 10/3
2nd 2 Micheal Flips (IRE) 11-4 Nick Scholfield Andrew Turnell 8 12/1
Led, jumped right 4 out, ridden and headed last, stayed on, no impression on winner final 150 yards opened 17/2 touched 12/1
3rd 1 Our Mick 11-4 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 6 9/2
Prominent, not fluent 2nd, pushed along after 9th, not fluent 12th, went 2nd 4 out until not fluent 2 out, stayed on opened 5/1 touched 5/1
4th 12 Walkon (FR) 11-4 R Thornton A King 7 5/2f
Tracked leaders, hit 10th, ridden after 12th, 4th and beaten last, no extra opened 3/1 touched 3/1
5th 7 Cedre Bleu (FR) 11-2 R Walsh P F Nicholls 5 7/1
Held up, headway 12th, lost place 12th, struggling after opened 6/1 touched 7/1
PU Mossley (IRE) 11-4 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 5/1
In touch in mid-division, not fluent 7th or 9th, lost place 11th, soon behind and pulled up opened 11/2 touched 11/2
UR Pacha Du Polder (FR) 11-2 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 5 18/1
Prominent, went 2nd when hit 12th, 4th and fading when blundered badly and unseated rider 3 out opened 14/1 touched 18/1
NR Lancetto (FR) 11-4 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 7
NR Picture This (IRE) 11-4 Harry Derham P F Nicholls 9

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.30 Tote Place: £2.50,6.10
Straight Forecast: £34.34 Exacta: £42.80 Trifecta: £280.90 Swingers: 1&2:11.00 2&3:6.50 1&3:4.40

Jackpot: £743.00, Pool: £126494.09, 120.86 winning tickets
Placepot: £19.90, Pool: £112013.42, 4090.53 winning tickets
Quadpot: £16.90, Pool: £8927.02, 390.15 winning tickets

Verdict

FOR NON STOP boasted the best chasing form in the race so was not winning out of turn having got close to the smart pair of Al Ferof and Cue Card on his previous two outings. He was settled out the back in the early stages and gradually crept into things off the home turn but still had some work to do to reel in the front-running Micheal Flips between the last two fences. He eventually drew level at the last with plenty still in the tank and stayed on best up the run-in. For Non Stop holds an entry in the Jewson Novices' Chase at Cheltenham and he at least looks likely to take up that engagement from those at the head of the betting. There is one proviso - his trainer Nick Williams revealed that each race does take a lot out of the horse and so recovering in time is apparently a marginal call. Micheal Flips ran a really impressive race. He set off at a decent lick from the start and looked to have all his rivals on the stretch at the second last. There was no disgrace in not being able to hold the winner's strong late thrust and there are more good races to be won with him - his jumping was fantastic on this occasion. Our Mick is tremendously game and responded well to pressure to deservedly fill the frame. He rather corkscrewed the cross fence and got a reminder soon after but kept responding all the way up the home straight. His attitude will ensure he wins more races. There was a decent gap back to fourth and Walkon, who has not really progressed from an impressive chasing debut at Exeter in early December. He was under the pump turning for home and just doesn't have the toe over these intermediate distances - he remains of interest once granted a step up in trip to two-and-three-quarter-miles plus. Cedre Bleu made a move closer to the pace in the back straight but was on the retreat from five out while stablemate Pacha Du Polder looked beaten when coming down at the third last. Mossley put in a lifeless display as he started to tail off before the end of the back straight and was pulled up.