14:10 Cheltenham

Wednesday 13 March 2019

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30
  • RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   3m 80y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:11  |   Winning time: 6m 17.26s
1st
Horse silk
10
4/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
In touch in mid-division, headway from 4 out, challenged last, soon led, driven and edged right flat, holding 2nd towards finish, stayed on well op 7/2
2nd
Horse silk
½
8
711-4
3/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Tracked leaders, stumbled just after 4 out, challenged 3 out, led after next, headed soon after last, stayed on, held towards finish tchd 11/4
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¾
2
15/8f
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Mostly in touch in mid-division until closed 13th, led 3 out, headed after 2 out, slightly checked after last, switched right, 3rd and held after, kept on op 9/4
4th
Horse silk
16
4
20/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Held up towards rear, slow 2nd, headway before 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on leaders from 2 out tchd 16/1
5th
Horse silk
½
5
711-4
20/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: Rachael Blackmore
Held up in rear on inside, headway 3 out, every chance home turn, beaten from 2 out, no extra
6th
Horse silk
2
3
20/1
T: Miss R CurtisJ: S Bowen
Tracked leaders, lost place after 2nd, headway 12th, not fluent 14th, ridden and not able to go with leaders before 2 out, no extra
7th
Horse silk
6
1
66/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: M D Grant
Held up towards rear, mistake 7th, pushed along after 4 out, effort to chase leaders next, outpaced home turn, 6th and no impression when mistake 2 out, weakened after, mistake last op 50/1
8th
Horse silk
1
6
33/1
T: S EdmundsJ: T J O'Brien
Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 14th, last 4 out, well behind next op 28/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
7
14/1
T: N J HendersonJ: N D Fehily
Towards rear, struggling in last 7th, behind 9th, pulled up before 13th op 11/1
PU
Horse silk
9
16/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: P J Brennan
Led until 4th, stayed handy, slow 5th, lost place before 3 out, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out
F
Horse silk
11
33/1
T: P A KirbyJ: Sean Quinlan
Prominent until fell 6th
PU
Horse silk
12
100/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R Johnson
Slowly away, behind until closed 3rd, led next, headed 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last op 66/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£4.30Pl:£1.60, £1.50, £1.60EX:£14.90Trifecta:£33.50Tricast:£28.91SF:£15.10Swingers:£2.70, £1.90, £1.60

Forecasts

Delta Work (15/8), Santini (3/1), Topofthegame (4/1), On The Blind Side (14/1), The Worlds End (16/1), Mister Malarky (20/1), Mortal (20/1), Drovers Lane (20/1), Now Mcginty (33/1), Top Ville Ben (33/1), Count Meribel (66/1), Drinks Interval (100/1)

Verdict

Limited Irish representation this year; they had half the field last year and landed a 1-2 but they do at least have a good chance of landing the winner again via DELTA WORK who hasn’t put a foot wrong over fences having already placed a Festival win on his jumping CV. The biggest threats are likely to come from two of the British contenders with the second and third from the Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton Topofthegame and Santani meeting again. The latter has had a recent injury scare but there are no such problems for the Nicholls' yard with their charge although he’s yet to win over fences. Mister Malarky is a lively outsider who could trouble the principals.
  1. Delta Work
  2. Topofthegame
  3. Mister Malarky

Previous Winners

2018
Presenting Percy
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 7
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £98,472.002nd: £37,100.003rd: £18,568.004th: £9,275.005th: £4,655.006th: £2,328.007th: £1,155.008th: £595.00

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