Betway Scilly Isles Novices' Chase - EN - £1000 Welcome Bonus
Grade 1, Sandown 14.25
£55,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 4f 10y, Class 1  
Saturday 1st February 2020

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1 Itchy Feet 7/1
2 Midnight Shadow 10/1
3 Champagne Platinum 40/1
7 ran Distances: 3½l, 15l, 2¾l
Time: 5m 21.85s (slow by 24.85s)

Trainer Olly Murphy, a former assistant to Gordon Elliott, has made giant strides in his fledgling career to date, but this first Grade One win is a landmark day.

Settled at the rear by Gavin Sheehan, Itchy Feet was always travelling well within himself despite racing slightly detached from the main bunch.

Good Boy Bobby, Grand Sancy and Midnight Shadow were all helping force the pace, but one who never got involved was Willie Mullins’ Laurina, with the Champion Hurdle fourth in the rear throughout.

Sheehan brought Itchy Feet through to challenge at the second last, but he met that one wrong and found himself back in fourth.

However, Sheehan let his mount find his stride again and soon after he was back on the bridle before jumping the last cleanly, coming away from Midnight Shadow to win by three and a half lengths.

Betway Scilly Isles Novices' Chase
£55,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 10y, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

1      Itchy Feet 6 11-4 Olly Murphy Gavin Sheehan 7/1
Midnight Shadow 7 11-4 Sue Smith Danny Cook 10/1
15 Champagne Platinum 6 11-4 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 40/1
Grand Sancy 6 11-4 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 7/1
Good Boy Bobby 7 11-4 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 7/2
14 Vision Des Flos 7 11-4 Colin Tizzard Jonjo O'Neill Jr 8/1
PU  Laurina 7 10-11 W P Mullins Nico de Boinville 5/4F