Virgin Bet Free Bets For Winners Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) 2m
- (5yo+, 2m, Class 3, 5 runners)
- Winner £10,892 2nd £5,018 3rd £2,508 4th £1,256 5th £350 6th £350 7th £350 8th £350
- Going: Good (Good to Soft in places)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 56.89s
- Off time: 14:05:27
|2nd||3 Golden Boy Grey||6½||9/4j|
Sebastopol (IRE) 83
|8||166 11-12 vt||T Lacey||Stan Sheppard||136|
Rockstar Ronnie (IRE) 117
|7||162 11-8||D Skelton||Bridget Andrews||132|
Golden Boy Grey (FR) 23
|6||161 11-7||G L Moore||J E Moore||131|
Siroco Jo (FR) 44
|5||148 10-8||P F Nicholls||H Cobden||118|
Storm Rising (IRE) 11
|9||143 10-3||R C Harper||Danny Burton (5)||105|
Caddyhill (IRE) 23
|7||1012||J Candlish||Adrian Heskin||122|
||7||10-12||D McCain Jnr||J J Burke||6/1|
Some progressive novice chasers clash and ROCKSTAR RONNIE is taken to complete a Kempton three-timer. He's scored here with a degree of ease the last twice and can oblige despite not having been seen since late November - presumably due to his preference for forecast good ground. Siroco Jo rates a danger as the champion trainer wastes little time in sending the gelding over fences after just half a dozen hurdling starts. He should be all the better for his satisfactory chasing debut when jumping well. He looks nicely treated too. Sebastopol is respected off topweight and there's little between the solid pair of Golden Boy Grey and Caddyhill on the book.
Caddyhill (IRE)8-1 (11-5) Pressed leader, led briefly 4th (water), chased winner from 3 out, well held before last, 2nd of 3, 5l behind Golden Boy Grey (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (3) sft in Feb.
Sebastopol (IRE)15-2 (11-8) Held up in last pair, hampered by faller 2nd, good headway chasing leaders 12th, pushed along and outpaced in 4th after next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before the last, at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Golden Boy Grey (FR)6-5 (11-8) Bit keen in 3rd, headway to lead 3 out, clear before last, ridden out, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp (3) sft in Feb beating Caddyhill (11-5) by 5l, 3 ran.
Siroco Jo (FR)6-5fav (11-12) Led, headed 3rd, led 7th, joined next, pushed along and headed 3 out, ridden to challenge before last, outjumped last, kept on flat, 2nd of 3, 3 3/4l behind Nebuchadnezzar (11-4) at Wincanton 2m hcp (4) gd in Feb.
Rockstar Ronnie (IRE)13-8jfav (11-8) Led, ridden and headed approaching last, left in lead when looked held at last(only 8 fences jumped, all fences in back straight omitted ), won at Kempton 2m 2f (3) gd in Nov beating Atholl Street (11-2) by 13l, 3 ran.
Storm Rising (IRE)80-1 (11-9) Off the pace in last pair, never involved, last of 6, 36l behind Purple King (11-9) at Sandown 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar.