17:00 Newcastle

Saturday 14 April 2018

All13:3014:0514:4015:2015:5516:3017:0017:45

    Break From The Herd At Vertem Handicap Chase

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 5  |   2m 75y  |   Heavy  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:01  |   Winning time: 4m 45.8s
1st
Horse silk
5
11/2
T: R MenziesJ: C O'Farrell
Led, hampered 4th, wandered under pressure approaching last, soon strongly challenged, held on gamely (1 fence omitted) op 6/1
2nd
Horse silk
¾
1
7/2
T: J EwartJ: Steven Fox (5)
Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, every chance after last, kept on well op 10/3 tchd 3/1
3rd
Horse silk
21
3
11/4f
T: T R GrettonJ: Craig Nichol
Held up in rear, headway 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon no impression, modest 3rd op 3/1
4th
Horse silk
3 ¼
2
4/1
T: N W AlexanderJ: W T Kennedy
Held up, pushed along 6th, headway when hampered 4 out, weakened after next
5th
Horse silk
4 ½
6
5/1
T: Kenny JohnsonJ: Alison Johnson (7)
Chased leaders, lost place 4th, behind from 5 out op 7/1

Also Ran

UR
Horse silk
4
1111-6
9/1
T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: D R Fox
Held up, slow 3rd, soon lost place and in rear, outpaced 4th, headway when stumbled on landing and unseated rider 3 out op 7/1
PU
Horse silk
7
22/1
T: V ThompsonJ: Thomas Dowson (3)
Tracked leader, jumped right 4th and 4 out, weakened 3 out, pulled up after next op 25/1 tchd 28/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£8.40Pl:£3.30, £1.50EX:£32.20Trifecta:£63.90SF:£25.93Swingers:£4.30, £3.70, £4.50

Forecasts

Little Jimmy (11/4), Sky Full Of Stars (7/2), Titian Boy (4/1), Captain Sharpe (5/1), Black Kettle (11/2), Ballycool (9/1), Duhallowcountry (22/1)

Verdict

Not a strong contest, and the majority of these find winning opportunities very easy to pass over. Sky Full Of Stars is no world beater, but he's posted some fair efforts this season, including over hurdles at this track so merits consideration off top-weight. However, this looks a decent opportunity for the sparingly raced TITIAN BOY to record a third career success. His ideal trip is probably 2m4f, but he finished runner up over C&D from a 6lb higher mark in March 2017 (to Halcyon Days), and a reproduction of that level of form will be good enough.
  1. Titian Boy
  2. Sky Full Of Stars
  3. Black Kettle

Previous Winners

2017
Chain Of Beacons
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 8
2/1

Prize Money

1st: £3,314.002nd: £973.003rd: £487.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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