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Golden Miller Novices' Chase 2023 Racecard

1:30 Thu 16 Mar GOLDEN MILLER NOVICES' CHASE

Distance: 19f 168y Age: 5yo + Prize: £175,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

MIGHTY POTTER has been hugely impressive in winning his first three chase outings, powering away to land the Scalp Novices' Chase at Leopardstown last time, and with more to come he's the obvious way to go. Appreciate It hasn't achieved as much over fences but his hurdling class brings him into the reckoning, while another solid performance is expected from Banbridge.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. APPRECIATE IT (IRE)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-7
* * * *
* * * *
2021 Supreme Hurdle winner who scored easily on his first two runs over fences at Punchestown and Naas before posting very good third to El Fabiolo in Irish Arkle at Leopardstown (17f) 40 days ago. Still has few miles on the clock so well in the mix with this longer trip a likely plus.
2
jockey silks 2. BALCO COASTAL (FR)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-7
* * *
* * *
Two-time novice hurdle winner who has improved a chunk with each of his three starts over fences, easily scoring at Kempton before runner-up to Gerri Colombe in Scilly Isles at Sandown (20f) 40 days ago. Much respected.
3
jockey silks 3. BANBRIDGE (IRE)
J: J. J. Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
7
11-7
* * * *
* * * *
Landed the Martin Pipe at last year's Festival and has quickly made up into an even better chaser, including a C&D Grade 2 win in November. Ran creditably but no match for El Fabiolo in last month's Irish Arkle. Should give a good account.
4
jockey silks 4. CHRISTOPHER WOOD (IRE)
J: Harry Bannister
T: Venetia Williams
8
11-7
*
*
Useful winning hurdler at his best and not at all disgraced given a second try over fences when runner-up over 2m at Hereford and Lingfield this winter. This is a very tough ask.
5
jockey silks 5. JAMES DU BERLAIS (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-7
* *
* *
Smart hurdler who really impressed when winning 21f novice chase at Fairyhouse on his debut over fences in January. Came in last of 6 to Mighty Potter in Scalp Chase at Leopardstown since however so has it to prove now.
6
jockey silks 6. MIGHTY POTTER (FR)
J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-7
* * * * *
* * * * *
Dual Grade 1-winning hurdler who has looked an outstanding prospect over fences this term, storming clear from the last when completing his hat-trick in Scalp Novices' Chase at Leopardstown (21.2f) by 8½ lengths. The one to beat with further progress anticipated.
7
jockey silks 7. NOTLONGTILLMAY
J: Adam Wedge
T: L J Morgan
7
11-7
* *
* *
Fairly useful hurdles winner for Chris Gordon last term and immediate improvement switched to fences for new yard, making it 3-3 in this sphere with a dominant display in 2m4f Musselburgh handicap last month. This demands a lot more.
8
jockey silks 8. STAGE STAR (IRE)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-7
* * *
* * *
Challow Hurdle winner last season who made it 3-4 over fences when impressively defying top weight in 2m4f handicap here in January. This is tougher but ought to be in the shake-up with further progress on the cards.
9
jockey silks 9. UNEXPECTED PARTY (FR)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
8
11-7
*
*
Progressive hurdler last season who has performed well in this sphere without winning, third of 11 to Stage Star in 2m4f handicap here in January. Very hard to make a case for in this grade, however.

Betting Forecast : 5/4 1.25 MIGHTY POTTER, 4/1 4 APPRECIATE IT, 6/1 6 BANBRIDGE, 12/1 12 STAGE STAR, 12/1 12 BALCO COASTAL, 20/1 20 JAMES DU BERLAIS, 100/1 100 NOTLONGTILLMAY, 150/1 150 UNEXPECTED PARTY, 300/1 300 CHRISTOPHER WOOD

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