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2:10 Cheltenham 14 Mar 2018

RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1)

(Class 1) (5yo+) (3m80yds) 3m½f Old Soft 20 fences
1st £100,131.50 2nd £37,866.50 3rd £19,194 4th £9,796.50 5th £5,159


Pos. (Draw)
Horse / SP
Trainer / Jockey
7 114 t 158 110 172
b g Sir Percy - Hunca Munca (IRE) (Presenting)
Jumped and travelled well, held up in last pair, headway after 4 out, led before 2 out, drew clear between last 2, stayed on well, ridden out (tchd 11/4)
2  7
7 114 155 104 165
b g Milan - Tempest Belle (IRE) (Glacial Storm)
Looked well; raced keenly, tracked leaders, pressed leader from 7th, led 3 out, ridden and headed when hit 2 out, kept on for clear 2nd but soon held by winner (op 7/2 tchd 10/3)
3  7 [14]
6 114 153 98 158
b g Dubai Destination (USA) - Graineuaile (IRE) (Orchestra)
Looked well; led, dived at 1st, headed 3rd, tracked leader until 7th, raced in 3rd most of the way until ridden after 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, left 4th next, stayed on into 3rd soon after last but no chance with front pair
4  [15½]
8 114 150 96 157
b g Old Vic - Lambourne Lace (IRE) (Un Desperado)
Tracked leaders, ridden when outpaced after 3 out, left 5th next, stayed on into 4th run-in (op 12/1 tchd 9/1)
5  [17¼]
7 114 t 155 95 157
br g Laverock (IRE) - Pour Le Meilleur (FR) (Video Rock)
Jumped low at some fences, led 3rd, ridden and headed 3 out, outpaced before next where left 3rd, faded run-in (op 13/2 tchd 5/1)
7 114 t 139 139
b g Khalkevi (IRE) - Friandise II (FR) (Mistigri)
Strong; raced keenly, in touch, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, behind when fell last (op 20/1 tchd 33/1)
6 114 153 162
b g Buck's Boum (FR) - Al Gane (FR) (Dom Alco)
Workmanlike; in touch, disputed 4th from 14th, ridden in close 3rd after 3 out, staying on at same pace in held 3rd when crumpled on landing and fell next
8 114 t 139
b g Network (GER) - Mellyssa (FR) (Panoramic I)
In touch, nudged along after 11th, ridden along in last pair after 4 out, weakened after next, pulled up before 2 out (tchd 66/1)
7 114 151
b g Smadoun (FR) - Baby Sitter (FR) (Nikos)
Strong; looked well; in touch, ridden after 4 out, weakened after next, pulled up before 2 out (trainer could offer no explanation for the gelding's performance) (op 8/1 tchd 12/1)
7 114 tp1 135
b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Miss Kettlewell (IRE) (Saddlers' Hall)
Held up last, struggling 14th, detached when very slow 4 out, soon pulled up
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