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Cheltenham

Wed, 18th Apr 2012
16:55
Weatherite Novices' Chase, 3m 1f 110y
5 Runners (5YO plus) (Class 2) Total Prize Fund - £16000

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

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Duke Of Lucca (IRE) (25J)
7 b g Milan - Derravaragh Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
21P251 Mrs Lesley Field
Tongue strap

11-8  
144

2/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

Winner of three hurdle races and two chases from 2m 1f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 11-8fav at Bangor over 3m (good) last month, beating Emmaslegend by 17l. Has also won at Wincanton this season.

2 Frascati Park (IRE) (53J)
8 b g Bach (IRE) - Hot Curry (IRE) (Beau Sher)
011315 Mr Barry Connell

11-8  
143

11/4
S Twiston-Davies
N A Twiston-Davies

Has won two hurdle races, three NH flat races and three chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Well beaten at 11-10fav when fifth of 6 on his latest outing in a chase at Newcastle over 3m (good to soft) in February. Has won 3 times this season.

3 Drumbaloo (IRE) (48J)
8 b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Supreme Baloo (IRE) (Supreme Leader)
1-01041 Arc

11-5  
130

6/1
Paul Moloney
Evan Williams

Winner of two hurdle races, three NH flat races and a chase from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. A winner at 13-2 in a chase at Ludlow over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Cootehill by 1 1/4l. Has also won at Chepstow this season.

4 Glens Boy (IRE) (32J)
8 b g Dushyantor (USA) - Glens Lady (IRE) (Mister Lord (USA))
58-421P Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford
Tongue strap, Cheek pieces

11-5  
119

14/1
T J Murphy
Miss H C Knight

A winner of a chase at 3m on good to soft ground. Pulled up 4 out when 11-4fav at Uttoxeter over 3m (good to soft) in a chase won by Lackamon last month on his latest outing.

5 Mr Hudson (IRE) (31J)
7 b g Old Vic - Esbeggi (Sabrehill (USA))
113F-21 Mrs Angela Tincknell & Mr W Tincknell

11-5  
137

9/4
D A Jacob
P F Nicholls

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m 1f to 3m 2f on good and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 5-4fav at Newton Abbot over 3m 2f (good) last month, beating Thelobstercatcher by 12l.

Race Verdict

Frascati Park is clearly a lot better than showing at Newcastle last time and the aggressive front-runner is fancied to bounce back to form, but DUKE OF LUCCA looks the one to beat. He backed up his solid second in the Grade 2 Pendil Chase when fifth in the Jewson at last month's Festival and a 17-length romp at Bangor most recently will have done his confidence no harm whatsoever. He should take some stopping but Mr Hudson does have a squeak receiving weight off his two main rivals.

Selection: Duke Of Lucca        Danger: Frascati Park        Alternative: Mr Hudson
* 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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