Nomecheki (red cap) under a hold-up ride by Liam TreadwellPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
No stopping Nomecheki despite bad blunder
Report: Plumpton, Sunday
Attheraces.com With Free Timeform Novices' Chase (Class 3) 2m1f, 5yo+
NOMECHEKI recovered from a bad blunder at the second last to collar I Have Dreamed on the line under a great ride by Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell.
As the pace quickened coming into the home straight, Andy Stewart's eight-year-old lost his back legs after pitching on landing two out, with Treadwell doing well to maintain the partnership.
The jockey sat tight before galvanising his mount and a good jump at the last saw Nomecheki land full of running and get up in the dying strides. The winner, trained by Nick Gifford, returned a well-backed 3-1 shot, having been 5-1 earlier in the day.
Outsider She's Humble took Franchoek on for the lead early and the former Triumph Hurdle second was the first to be niggled along by Tony McCoy.
Turning for home, no more than three lengths covered the field of five and Nomecheki looked to be travelling much the best before his blunder looked to have cost him the race.
I Have Dreamed looked set to take advantage and led over the last under Philip Hide, but course-and-distance winner Nomecheki, with Miss Sarenne for company, rallied gamely, showing no adverse signs from his fall at the first last time out at Kempton.
Trainer Nick Gifford suggested that Nomecheki will probably stay in similar company, but hinted that the Cheltenham Festival isn't out of the question.