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The Pulteney Land Investments Novice Handicap Chase 2012
Mon, Mar 12th, 2012

Nick Schofield steered Hunt Ball to land the 2012 renewal of the Pulteney Land Investments Novice Handicap Chase. Owner Anthony Knott was delighted and has the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup as a longer term target. Next up though he will test his charge in Grade 1 company for the first time in The Betfred Bowl on the Thursday of Aintree's Grand National meeeting. Here is the full result of the The Pulteney Land Investments Novice Handicap Chase 2012:

Pos.

Horse

SP

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1

Hunt Ball (IRE)

13/2

7

Nick Schofield

K Burke

2

White Star Line (IRE)

14/1

8

Bryan J cooper

D T Hughes

3

Owen Glendower (IRE)

33/1

7

A Tinkler

N J Henderson

4

Battle Group

33/1

7

T Scudamore

D Pipe

5

Ackertac (IRE)

14/1

7

S Twiston-Davies

N A Twiston-Davies

6

Carrickboy (IRE)

8/1

8

Aidan Coleman

Miss V Williams

7

Quincy Des Pictons (FR)

33/1

8

James Best

A E Jones

8

Vino Griego (FR)

20/1

7

J E Moore

G L Moore

9

Harpsy Cord (IRE)

16/1

6

A E Lynch

J T R Dreaper

10

Bless The Wings (IRE)

7/1

7

R Thornton

A King

11

Triolo D'alene (FR)

7/1

5

B J Geraghty

N J Henderson

12

Mic's Delight (IRE)

14/1

8

D F O'Regan

V R A Dartnall

13

Falcon Island

66/1

7

J Tizzard

C L Tizzard

14

Saint Are (FR)

33/1

6

R Johnson

Tim Vaughan

15

Going Wrong

9/1

9

D N Russell

Ferdy Murphy

16

The Panama Kid (IRE)

100/1

8

Harry Haynes

J M Jefferson

17

Cucumber Run (IRE)

40/1

7

David Bass

N J Henderson

F

Educated Evans (IRE)

20/1

7

W Hutchinson

N A Twiston-Davies

F

That'll Do

10/1

7

R Walsh

P F Nicholls

UR

Charminster (IRE)

14/1

6

J M Maguire

D McCain Jnr

 

 

Our pre-race notes are below:

Nicky Henderson January Ascot winner Triolo D'alene heads the market but Cheltenham better be prepared  for Anthony Knott ! His horse, the Keiran Burke trained, Hunt Ball has improved all winter and is now top weight and second in the betting.We have odds, entries and weights for the horses with prospects of making the cut for the Novices Handicap Chase.

 Best odds for 2012 Novices Handicap Chase

 

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Fatstats : The Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Chase Trends

Weight/ Ratings: Since the introduction of a new Grade 2 event over the same distance in 2011 the race conditions for this race were altered. Entry is now limited to horses with a rating of no more than 140. Prior to that five of the six previous winners of the race had been rated between 133 and 139. Virtually all the runners in the race will now fall into this bracket so the stat is no longer of much help in narrowing the field.

Last Run : All seven winners have finished first or second on their prep run and had that race in a time band between 30 and 59 days beforehand.

Age: Seven year olds have won 5 from 7 ( 71%) and account for 40% of the runners.

Trainers : Ferdy Murphy has won 2 of the 7 runnings. Nicky Henderson has had three runners up in the race.

Jockey Tips for the PLI Novices Handicap Chase

Barry Geraghty rides Triolo D'Alene and gave the horse a very positive mention in his ATR blog:

It's always an extremely dangerous thing to say that any horse is a handicap good thing so I won't say it about TRIOLO D'ALENE in the Pulteney Land Investments Novices Handicap Chase (5.15) over two and a half miles. What I will say is that the handicapper has given him an extremely good chance, something that Nicky Henderson recognised after he got a mark of 136 after winning his British debut off 127 at Ascot in January and then put him by to guard it for this race. I'm in a privileged position because I won on the top weight, Hunt Ball, at Kempton last time. He did that really nicely and the weights are compressed so although he's got 12st there's only a 10lb weight range top to bottom. But he has only been winning average races and the handicapper whacked him up 15lb for Kempton and  it's possible that time might show that he was attempting a very difficult task in giving my mount  7lb. It's worth remembering that Triolo D'Alene made a couple of novicey mistakes at Ascot and I blame myself because I shouldn't have been asking him to come up on his British debut and instead just let him find his feet.

 

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