14:25 Newbury

Friday 30 November 2018

All12:1012:4513:2013:5014:2515:0015:35

    Ladbrokes Handicap Chase

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 2  |   2m 3f 187y  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:25  |   Winning time: 4m 54.5s
1st
Horse silk
3
811-10
8/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Shade keen early, made all, hit 11th, 4 lengths ahead travelling strongly 2 out (normal 3 out ), unchallenged op 7/1 tchd 17/2
2nd
Horse silk
13
7
5/2j
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
In touch, closer tracking leaders 8th, ridden and went 2nd 3 out (normal 4 out), kept on same pace, no chance with winner op 11/4 tchd 9/4
3rd
Horse silk
17
4
4/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Ran in snatches, behind, reminder after 5th (water), headway on outside chasing leaders before 11th, weakened next, mistake 2 out (normal 3 out) left poor 3rd last op 5/1
4th
Horse silk
1 ½
1
8/1
T: P BowenJ: S Bowen
In touch, pushed along and outpaced 3 out (normal 4 out), left poor 4th last op 7/1 tchd 9/1
5th
Horse silk
38
6
9/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: D A Jacob
Shade keen early, tracked winner until hit 7th, chased leaders, lost place and behind 10th, tailed off tchd 8/1 and tchd 10/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
5
5/2j
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Adam Wedge
Tracked leading pair, went 2nd at 7th until pushed along 3 out, 3rd and well beaten when fell last tchd 9/4

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Non-Runners

2
Horse silk
Willoughby Court333
Weight: 11-11|  Age: 7
T: B Pauling  J: Nico de Boinville
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£9.80Pl:£3.40, £1.90EX:£35.20Trifecta:£199.00SF:£27.49Swingers:£5.60, £3.70, £2.10

Forecasts

Willoughby Court (2/1), Touch Kick (5/2), King's Odyssey (5/2), Three Musketeers (4/1), Aso (8/1), Beggar's Wishes (8/1), Ballybolley (9/1)

Verdict

Neptune hurdle winner WILLOUGHBY COURT was favourite for last year's JLT novices chase at the festival until things went wrong at Cheltenham in January. He hasn't been seen since but Ben Pauling's stable star has been found a nice opportunity on return and if he is as good over fences as he was over hurdles he should be able to land this prize en-route to bigger things. Consistent sort King's Odyssey deserves his day in the sun and sooner or later will be winning again; he is the main danger. Beggar's Wishes' improvement makes him hard to ignore also.
  1. Willoughby Court
  2. King's Odyssey
  3. Beggar's Wishes

Previous Winners

2017
Oldgrangewood
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 6
6/1

Prize Money

1st: £31,280.002nd: £9,240.003rd: £4,620.004th: £2,310.005th: £1,155.006th: £580.00

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