November 26 / 12.45 Newbury

12.45 Newbury

Good

Coral John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 7f 86y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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Coral John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00

Form: 431-P1 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
Not far behind Thyme Hill on best hurdles figures; like that rival he scored over fences at Exeter (2m3f, good; second chase start) most recently; key player provided he stays (yet to win beyond 2m5f).
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

12:45 Newbury

McFabulous

11st 5lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, made virtually all, joined 14th, went clear from 4 out, easily

2/1

1st

2

14th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

13:30 Exeter

McFabulous

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, hampered by loose horse after 4th, faced strong challenge 3 out, shaken up and went clear again after 2 out, not fluent last, readily

8/11

3

5th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

14:15 Wincanton

McFabulous

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leaders, led after 1st, raced in second when headed 3rd, pulled up before 7th, dismounted

11/10

OUR TIP

Form: 5225-1 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict
High-class staying hurdler (dual Grade 1 winner) and 2-2 at Newbury in that sphere; scored comfortably in a small field at Exeter (3m, good) on the switch to chasing; commands respect under 3lb penalty.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

12:45 Newbury

Thyme Hill

11st 8lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

novicey jumping, held up in last but in touch with leaders, went second 4th, disputed lead 14th, no extra and held from 4 out

2/5

1st

3

4th Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

15:25 Exeter

Thyme Hill

11st 2lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

travelled strongly, held up in last, not fluent 14th, shaken up when led narrowly before 15th, went clear before 2 out, pushed along and further clear when not fluent last, kept on run-in, comfortably

2/5

Form: 311222

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Respectable second in similar event at Wincanton (2m4f) three weeks ago, taking chase form figures to 111P3122; however, he faces a harder task in this field and has never raced beyond 2m5f under rules.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

12:45 Newbury

Mortlach

11st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

chased leader, dropped to last 4th, lost ground 4 out, kept on from 2 out

25/1

2nd

4

5th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

14:15 Wincanton

Mortlach

11st 4lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

led, headed when mistake 1st, led 3rd, joined 12th, ridden and headed before 2 out, every chance when not fluent last, soon no extra

16/1

2nd

2

20th Oct 2022

Good To Firm

1m 7f 212y

Class 3

16:05 Ludlow

Mortlach

11st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

led, mistake and sprawled on landing 1st, slipped badly on turn and headed after 5 out, soon ridden, switched right after 3 out, 3 lengths down last, held when eased towards finish

11/8

Form: 2411-1 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

2nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

12:15 Exeter

Gelino Bello

11st 9lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Solid novice hurdling campaign ended with a Grade 1 win at Aintree (3m, good to soft); the bare form of his chase debut success at Wetherby (3m) isn't so compelling; however, should have more to offer.

4/11

2

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

12:45 Newbury

Gelino Bello

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

1st

2

28th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

13:45 Wetherby

Gelino Bello

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

led at steady pace, jumped slightly right from 7th, faced challenge from 4 out, steadied and joined 2 out, briefly headed run-in, ridden and led again final 110yds, comfortably

2/5

Non-runners

Gelino Bello

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £3.20
Straight Forecast £3.66
Trifecta £3.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Thyme Hill

D Express:

Gelino Bello

TOPSPEED:

Mortlach

POSTDATA:

McFabulous

RP Ratings:

Thyme Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Thyme Hill

The Times:

Thyme Hill

Telegraph:

Thyme Hill

The Guardian:

Thyme Hill

Daily Mail:

Thyme Hill

Daily Mirror:

Thyme Hill

The Sun:

Thyme Hill

The Star:

Thyme Hill

Daily Record:

Thyme Hill