Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase - Thu Mar 15th 2007 

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Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase

1st (17) L'Antartique 20-1
2nd (20) Bob Hall 10-1
3rd (8) Wee Robbie 20-1
4th (18) Rasharrow 14-1
19 ran
Also: 7-2 Fav New Little Bric
NR: Flintoff


L'Antartique Hot for Graham Lee 15/03/07

Trainer Ferdy Murphy - who sprang a 50/1 surprise with Joes Edge in Tuesday’s William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase - enjoyed his second success at this year’s Festival when 20/1 shot L’Antartique landed the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase under Graham Lee.

“I knew our horse stayed and I said to Graham that they might go too fast early on. I said he’d have to sit and suffer and Graham did just that and kept his cool,” said Murphy.

“He won a bumper first time out for Tony Mullins and is a very high-class horse. He has been hesitant with his jumping but Graham has done a lot of work and got it right.

"He's a nice horse and we've brought him to get the experience into him nicely. We won a race [here] in 1980 for the owners with Anaglogs Daughter. It's fantastic."

Lee added: “He’s got a lot of natural ability and put in a good run behind Dom D’Orgeval at Hexham. I’d have liked to have been a lot handier but the pace was ferocious and his jumping held up well. He came with such a run, I probably got there a bit soon, and when I've landed he's idled. They went some gallop and I wanted to be a lot handier than that. But he jumped impeccably. Happy days!"

Owner Tony Durkan: "It's 27 years since Anaglogs Daughter won here (in the 1980 Arkle Chase). She was beaten in the Champion Chase the following year. This is a good horse and Ferdy said that there was a big one in him. He's a lovely horse and we hope he can go on to better things."

Mary Durkan added: "It's just so exciting! Last time I was three months pregnant - now I have a 27-year-old!"



Connections of Bob Hall and Wee Robbie were both more than satisfied with the performances of their charges in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, the opening race on day three of The Festival.

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained Bob Hall stayed on well at the finish to go down by two lengths.

Frank Berry, racing manager to owner J P McManus, said: “He ran a cracker and jumped like a buck.

“We were hoping for a good run as he had been working well. He has been better since having a breathing operation.

“We were just beaten by a better horse on the day.”

Two and a half lengths back in third was Wee Robbie and his trainer Nick Gifford said: “I’m chuffed to bits.

“He really jumped and travelled well today. He was just beaten by two better horses.

“Wee Robbie has been a bit of a slow learner but has improved all season.

“He should make up into a good staying chaser for next season. I have no plans for him at the moment.”

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Ferdy Murphy
G Lee
10st 11lbs
20 - 1
Bob Hall
Jonjo O'Neill
N Fehily
10st 9lbs
10 - 1
2 lengths
Wee Robbie
N J Gifford
L Aspell
10st 13lbs
20 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
L Lungo
K Mercer
10st 10lbs
14 - 1
4 lengths
Vic Venturi
Philip Fenton
A J McNamara
10st 12lbs
14 - 1
1 1/4 length
Kings Advocate
T J Taaffe
B J Geraghty
10st 12lbs
9 - 1
1 length
New Little Bric
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 10lbs
7 - 2
1 length
Milan Deux Mille
D Pipe
T J Malone
11st 2lbs
50 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Flying Enterprise
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
10st 12lbs
16 - 1
3 lengths
Mrs Susan Nock
T Scudamore
10st 12lbs
25 - 1
8 lengths
Knight Legend
Mrs J Harrington
R M Power
11st 3lbs
22 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Aztec Warrior
Miss H C Knight
D N Russell
11st 1lbs
20 - 1
8 lengths
Phar Bleu
P F Nicholls
L Heard
10st 12lbs
50 - 1
3 lengths
Pole Star
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
11st 1lbs
25 - 1
Limited Edition
C Llewellyn
M A Fitzgerald
10st 13lbs
10 - 1
King Revo
P C Haslam
A P McCoy
10st 10lbs
5 - 1
Tora Bora
B G Powell
T J Murphy
10st 12lbs
33 - 1
Desert Air
D Pipe
A Glassonbury
11st 0lbs
50 - 1
Chief Yeoman
Miss V Williams
S Thomas
10st 12lbs
16 - 1
Non Runner
Miss V Williams
P C O'Neill
10st 13lbs



Facts and Figures:

1. The Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase was one of the new races introduced to the four-day Festival in 2005.

2. King Harald took the inaugural running, surviving a final fence blunder with his jockey Mattie Batchelor riding without irons on the run-in.

3. Reveillez, the well-backed 9/2 favourite, took last year’s renewal for owner J P McManus, trainer James Fanshawe and jockey Tony McCoy.



2006-WINNER-REVEILLEZ 7-10-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-9/2 Fav
2ND-Copsale Lad 9-11-00 Owner-Swallow Partnership; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-8/1
3RD-Tumbling Dice 7-11-01 Owner-Mrs John Donegan; Trainer-Tom Taaffe IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-14/1
4TH-Direct Flight 8-10-04 Owner-Top Flight; Trainer-Noel Chance; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-25/1
18 ran, Time-5m 05.00s, Dist-1.25, 9, shd

2005-WINNER-KING HARALD 7-10-04 Owner-Piers Pottinger & PBJ Partnership; Trainer-Mark Bradstock; Jockey-Mattie Batchelor; SP-9/1
2ND-Lacdoudal 6-11-10 Owner-Carol Skan; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
3RD-See You Sometime 10-11-03 Owner-J A G Meaden; Trainer-Seamus Mullins; Jockey-Andrew Thornton; SP-12/1
4TH-Sir Oj 8-10-11 Owner-Brian Keenan; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-18/1
19 ran, Time-5m 12.20s, Dist-12, 8, 2 8/1 Fav Captain Corelli (PU)

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