13:50 Sandown

Saturday 6 February 2021

All13:1513:5014:2014:5515:3016:05
  • Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
  • Class 1  |   2m 4f 10y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:50  |   Winning time: 5m 26.4s
1st
4
14/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Held up well in rear, jumped slowly 5th, left closer in 5th at 12th, headway chasing leaders before 3 out went 2nd between last 2, challenged and untidy last, stayed on to lead final 150 yards, soon clear
2nd
3 ¾
3
2/1j
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Chased leader and keen, led 9th, pushed along after 3 out, ridden after next, joined last, idled hung left and headed final 150 yards, no extra op 5/2
3rd
9 ½
2
20/1
T: F O'BrienJ: C Brace
Led until 9th, lost 2nd 11th (water), no extra in 3rd from 3 out op 18/1 tchd 22/1
4th
18
1
4/1
T: A KingJ: D A Jacob
Chased leaders on inside, left tracking leading pair 12th, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next
5th
38
5
125/1
T: R RoweJ: J M Davies
Raced out wide tracking leaders and keen, jumped slowly 7th, left in 4th and hampered by faller 12th, weakened before 3 out tchd 100/1

Also Ran

F
6
511-1
2/1j
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Tracked leading pair and keen, went 2nd 11th (water), fell next op 85/40 tchd 9/4
UR
7
15/2
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Tracked leaders, pushed along before 11th (water), dropped to last pair when badly hampered by faller and unseated rider 12th op 11/2

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£15.30Pl:£5.10, £1.60EX:£46.70Trifecta:£310.00SF:£41.32Swingers:£5.30, £18.60, £5.80

Forecasts

Shan Blue (2/1), Hitman (2/1), Messire Des Obeaux (4/1), Dame De Compagnie (15/2), Sporting John (14/1), Paint The Dream (20/1), Up The Straight (125/1)

Verdict

A cracking renewal of this often-significant Grade 1. MESSIRE DES OBEAUX couldn’t have made a much better start over fences and, having comfortably lowered the colours of a smart one in the Grade 2 Dipper at Wincanton last month, he’s taken extend his unbeaten record to 3 in this sphere. Hitman, Dame de Compagnie and Shan Blue are all fascinating contenders, though.

  1. MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (FR)
  2. HITMAN (FR)
  3. DAME DE COMPAGNIE (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Itchy Feet
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 6
7/1

Prize Money

1st: £19,932.002nd: £7,480.003rd: £3,745.004th: £1,866.005th: £938.006th: £469.00
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