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Worcester Novices Chase Stats
Sun, Nov 25th, 2012

The 3 mile Grade 2 Worcester Novices Chase run at the Newbury Hennessy meeting over 3 miles should be a pointer to the RSA Chase at the Cheletenham Festival but no horse has doubled up in the last decade.

Grands Crus was a rare winning favourite of this race last year and went on to win the Feltham Novices Chase at Kempton but was outbattled by Bob's Worth and First Lieutenant at Cheltenham. Michel Le Bon - one of the leading fancies for the 2012 Hennessy Gold Cup won this in 2009.

Worchester Novices Chase 2012 Result

Trainer Kim Bailey was fully of praise for the 2012 winner, Harry Topper, describing the five ytear ols as his best horse since ( Gold Cup Winner) Master Oats. Punters should note that the horse may not be targeted at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st   5 Harry Topper  K C Bailey 5 11-6 T J Murphy 3-1
 In touch, not fluent in places, hampered 4 out, headway after 2 out, stayed on strongly to lead close home 
2nd 1 Benefficient (IRE)  A J Martin 6 11-9 A P McCoy 8-1
Prominent, led 6th, headed 11th, led again approaching 5 out, strongly challenged 3 out, headed close home, no extra 
3rd 2 3 Highland Lodge (IRE)  Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-9 D Elsworth 10-3
 Led until 6th, led again 11th, headed approaching 5 out, rallied 2 out, soon one pace 
4th ¾ 4 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR)  Miss V Williams 5 11-9 Aidan Coleman 15-8f
 Held up in touch, chased leaders 5 out, ridden to challenge 3 out, kept on under pressure 
5th 43 6 Makethe Mostofnow (IRE)  Evan Williams 7 11-6 Paul Moloney 20-1
Held up in rear but in touch, struggling 5 out, hampered next, soon weakened
F   2 Hadrian's Approach (IRE)  N J Henderson 5 11-9 B J Geraghty 8-1
Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, challenging in 3rd when fell 4 out 

Worcester Novices Chase Stats

  • Favourites have a horrible record. Just one has won in the last decade.
  • 4 of the last 5 favourites failed to complete.
  • Tony McCoy has ridden 3 of the last 8 winners
  • Paul Nicholls has trained 3 of the last 8 winners
  • 9 of the last 10 winners have been aged between 6 and 8.

Worcester Novices Chase Winners 2002-2011

Year

Horse

Age

Jockey

Trainer

WT

SP

FOF

2011  

Grands Crus

6

Tom Scudamore

David Pipe

11-9

2-7

1

2010  

Aiteen Thirtythree

6

Noel Fehily

Paul Nicholls

11-2

13-2

F

2009  

Michel Le Bon

6

Tony McCoy

Paul Nicholls

11-2

6-4

UR

2008  

Gone to Lunch

8

Tony McCoy

Jeremy Scott

11-6

5-2

F

2007  

Joe Lively

8

Joe Tizzard

Colin Tizzard

11-9

13-2

F

2006  

Boychuk

5

Richard Johnson

Philip Hobbs

11-5

7-2

2

2005  

Darkness

6

Barry Fenton

Charles Egerton

11-2

14-1

2

2004  

Cornish Rebel

7

Tony McCoy

Paul Nicholls

11-2

5-1

F

2003  

Ballycassidy

7

Richard Johnson

Peter Bowen

11-9

2-1

2

2002  

Lucky Bay

6

Jim Culloty

Henrietta Knight

11-2

14-1

3

 RSA Chase Odds

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