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  • 16:10 IJF 50th Anniversary Novices' Chase 3m

  • (3m) £12,000 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 26.20s
  • Off time: 16:10:14

Full result

16:10 Newbury Result 8th February 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Smad Place (FR) 11-5 R Thornton A King 7 9/4
Tracked leader, challenged 10th, led narrowly 12th (3 out), driven and stayed on to asert run in opened 5/2 touched 5/2
2nd 2 Sam Winner (FR) 11-8 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 7 5/2
Led, narrowly headed 12th (3 out), chased winner, every chance last, no extra run in opened 9/4 touched 5/2
3rd 31 Mendip Express (IRE) 11-8 Mr W Biddick (3) H Fry 8 11/10f
Tracked leading pair, jumped slowly 6th (water) and next, mistake 4 out, pushed along and no impression bypassing omitted 4 out, weakened before 2 out opened 5/4 touched 5/4 £720-£600 £1100-£1000
4th 50 Danners (IRE) 11-0 Mr M Wall (5) G R I Smyly 8 66/1
Took keen hold, always last, outpaced 11th (4 out), no chance after, well tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.10
Straight Forecast: £8.08 Exacta: £6.90 Trifecta: £8.10

Jackpot: £15,492.18 carried forward to Leopardstown, 9th Feb, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £48.10, Pool: £200572.31, 3041.56 winning tickets
Quadpot: £27.30, Pool: £11156.13, 301.95 winning tickets

Verdict

They went a sensible gallop in what had become attritional conditions after some heavy showers had hit the course and a good finish was fought out by Sam Winner and SMAD PLACE, both of whom were thought to prefer better ground. The latter can't take too much racing but this smart hurdler has made a decent start to his chasing career, one minor mishap beside, and jumped like an old hand as the race developed to make the most of the weight that he received from his rival. He was clipped by a couple of points for the RSA Chase to a price that looks a little short on what he's achieved over fences but he's twice been placed in the World Hurdle and he would clearly be in the mix if able to reproduce that level of form over the larger obstacles. Sam Winner spent rather too long in the air over some of his fences and that would be a problem in Grade One company so it wasn't surprising that the bookmakers left him unchanged for the RSA Chase. He was, however, cut for the National Hunt Chase and that looks his natural target although his trainer does have an unenviable record in that particular race. This fellow jumps safely, stays well and has picked up plenty of experience over fences and will go there as one of the leading players albeit without putting down a really strong marker. Mendip Express was under consideration for both races having done everything right so far this season but plans are presumably under review after the wheels came off. He didn't jump as well as he has done and perhaps found conditions too testing but he rarely looked like living up to his favourite's tag and is left with something to prove although he was up against two useful rivals having won a handicap last time.