1st (17) L'Antartique
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!"
SECOND AND THIRD PLEASE CONNECTIONS IN JEWSON
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
“He should make up into a good staying chaser for next season. I have no plans for him at the moment.”
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.
JEWSON NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE PAST RESULTS
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
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