Chapoturgeon Turns on the Style
1st (13) Chapoturgeon 8/1
Day three of The Festival got off to the perfect start for champion trainer Paul Nicholls when 8/1 chance Chapoturgeon landed the opening Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase in impressive fashion under Timmy Murphy in the colours of David Johnson.
The five-year-old was travelling like the winner at the top of the hill and pulled right away to record a comfortable nine-length victory.
Paul Nicholls said: “The horse did it well.
“He fell first time over fences and then finished second to Araldur at Warwick.
“The race he won at Doncaster last time was moderate but at least that meant he was on a decent mark for today.
“It was always the plan to step him up in trip. Ruby (Walsh) said after he ran in the Fred Winter last year that the horse wants two and a half miles - he is crying out for it.
“He has been declared for the Grand Annual tomorrow but won’t run. He will have no chance in handicaps after that so we will look for a novice chase over two and a half miles for him now. There should be plenty of races for him.”
Winning jockey Timmy Murphy added: "He hasn't got much experience but he guessed the first a little bit but I don't think he has ever gone that fast to a fence.
"All the credit goes to Paul. He has done a good job and he knew that we had a favourable mark and it's not often that you do coming here. He's in great form and this lad has jumped absolutely fabulous.
"Paul had no doubt about him staying but it was a strong pace and it was a long way to commit turning in off that good gallop. He just got a bit tight at the second last but, on the whole, he has jumped very, very well.”
The successful owner David Johnson added: "All credit to Paul. I thought he was a two-miler but Paul said he'd get a trip. I listened to him and I'm pleased I did. He was right and I was wrong. Paul's laid the horse out for the race and it has all come good."
William Hill rate Chapoturgeon a 14/1 chance for glory in next year’s Ryanair Chase.
TWISTON-DAVIES PLEASED WITH CRESCENT
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies was delighted with the efforts of Crescent Island, who finished third in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase after racing prominently through the race.
“He was giving weight away to the first two and at the top of the hill I thought he might just get it,” said Twiston-Davies. “It was his first time in blinkers, they just made him concentrate a bit, and I was delighted with his run.
“He’s going to make a lovely staying chaser and we’ll run him through to the end of the season, because he’ll lose his novice status after that.”
JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE PAST RESULTS
2007-WINNER-L’ANTARTIQUE 7-10-11 Owner-Mary Durkan; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Graham Lee; SP-20/1
2006-WINNER-REVEILLEZ 7-10-11 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-James Fanshawe;
Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-9/2 Fav
HARALD 7-10-04 Owner-Piers Pottinger & PBJ
Partnership; Trainer-Mark Bradstock; Jockey-Mattie Batchelor; SP-9/1
JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE
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