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Sat, 14th Apr 2012
John Smith's Extra Smooth Novices' Chase, 3m
7 Runners (5YO plus) (Class 3) Total Prize Fund - £7000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Wearing Details

Offical Rating

Forecast Price*

1 Victors Serenade (IRE) (28J)
7 b g Old Vic - Dantes Serenade (IRE) (Phardante (FR))
212-P11 Michael & Angela Bone


Rachael Green (3)
A J Honeyball

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m 5f to 3m on soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 6-4fav at Ffos Las over 3m (soft) last month, beating Politeo by 11l. Has won twice at Ffos Las this season.

2 Roalco De Farges (FR) (28J)
7 gr g Dom Alco (FR) - Vonaria (FR) (Vorias (USA))
013625 The Brushmakers


T J O'Brien
P J Hobbs

Successful in a hurdle race and a chase at 2m 4f and 2m 6f on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 10-1 behind Master Overseer when fifth of 16 on his latest outing in a chase at Uttoxeter over 4m 1f (good to soft) last month.

3 Super Directa (GER) (1308F, 110J)
8 b g Protektor (GER) - Summernight Dream (GER) (Highest Honor (FR))
11-F217 Richard S Keeley


Matt Crawley (5)
Mrs L Wadham

He has won two hurdle races and a chase from 2m 1f to 2m 5f on soft ground. Well beaten at 7-2fav behind Tyrone House when seventh of 10 on his latest outing in a chase at Wetherby over 2m 4f (soft) in December last year.

4 Tullow Boy (GB) (115J)
8 b g Double Trigger (IRE) - Pollys Perk (IRE) (Executive Perk)
P-11 Mr Romilly Stuart-jervis


Jack Doyle
P Gundry

A winner at 14-1 in a chase at Ffos Las over 2m 5f (heavy) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Saphire Night by 7l. Has also won at Trebudannon this season.

5 Leg Iron (IRE) (28J)
7 b g Snurge (IRE) - Southern Skies (IRE) (Dr Massini (IRE))
14-F3F Mr Michael Moriarty


M Goldstein (3)
Miss S West

Placed in a hurdle race from three starts. Fell at the 12th when 16-1 at Kempton over 3m (good) in a chase won by Problema Tic last month on his latest outing.

6 Minella Stars (IRE) (35J)
7 b g Accordion - V'soske Gale (IRE) (Strong Gale)
13-3322 Mrs Johnny De La Hey


Ryan Mahon (3)
P F Nicholls

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 6f on heavy ground. Beaten 5l by My Boy Paddy when second of 5 at 11-10jt-fav on his latest outing in a chase over this course and distance (soft) last month.

7 My Friend Sandy (GB) (427J)
11 ch g Anshan - Gaye Fame (Ardross)
11842/U- Mr W E Sturt


R Flint
J A B Old

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 4f and 3m on soft and heavy ground, but last win was over two years ago. Unseated rider when 12-1 at Warwick over 3m 2f (good to soft) in a chase won by Silver Kate in February last year on his latest outing.

Race Verdict

VICTORS SERENADE goes from strength to strength over fences and he comes into this seeking a hat-trick following two impressive successes at Ffos Las. This will not be easy under a double penalty but he is lightly raced and could still take plenty of beating. Minella Stars has been knocking on the door and should be thereabouts once more, along with Roalco Des Farges who contested the Midlands National last month. Tullow Boy looked very useful indeed when winning at Ffos Las in December and he should not be ignored.

Selection: Victors Serenade        Danger: Roalco De Farges        Alternative: Tullow Boy
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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