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JLT Novices' Chase 2020 Racecard

1:30

Thursday 14 March

Distance: 19f 168y Age: 5yo + Prize: £156760 Going: Good to Soft (soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
jockey silks 1. CAPELAND (FR)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-4
Has made up into a smart chaser, registering third success in 2m Ludlow handicap in December. Solid efforts in defeat the last twice (first run following wind surgery latest) but this is tougher.
22 stars

2
jockey silks 2. DEFI DU SEUIL (FR)
J: Barry Geraghty
T: Philip Hobbs
6
11-4
2017 Triumph Hurdle hero who has taken well to fences. Second to Lostintranslation (received 3 lb) here in January but subsequently turned the tables on that rival at Sandown (2½m). Big player.
44 stars

3
jockey silks 3. KILDISART (IRE)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Ben Pauling
7
11-4
Built on Ascot chase debut promise when landing a graduation chase at the same course in December. Followed up in a handicap here (20.6f) and while this is tougher, he remains open to improvement.
33 stars

4
jockey silks 4. LOSTINTRANSLATION (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: Colin Tizzard
7
11-4
Off the mark at third attempt over fences when outpointing Defi Du Seuil in Dipper (20.6f) here on New Year's Day. Lost out to that rival at Sandown since but return to a left-handed track will help.
55 stars

5
jockey silks 5. MENGLI KHAN (IRE)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-4
Made up into a smart hurdler last term and perfect start to chase career at Punchestown in November. However, has come up short in graded company since and similar scenario likely here.
22 stars

6
jockey silks 6. REAL STEEL (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-4
Probably would've won but for last-fence exit on chase debut, and both subsequent starts have resulted in easy victories. Clearly going places and merits respect, despite being passed over by Ruby.
33 stars

7
jockey silks 7. VINNDICATION (IRE)
J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
6
11-4
Unbeaten in bumper/over hurdles and good start to chase career, landing a Carlisle novice and Ascot Grade 2. Behind Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation at Sandown, though, so he has work to do.
33 stars

8
jockey silks 8. VOIX DU REVE (FR)
J: R. Walsh
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-4
Winner of first 2 starts over fences, including a Punchestown Grade 2. Still in contention when falling at the last in Irish Arkle last month and he's Ruby Walsh's pick of the Mullins-trained trio.
33 stars

9
jockey silks 9. CASTAFIORE (USA)
J: Paul O'Brien
T: Charlie Longsdon
6
10-11
Fairly useful hurdler who has made up into a better chaser, showing an excellent attitude to land Haydock Grade 2 in January. Good effort in defeat at Kempton since but looks vulnerable here.
22 stars

10
jockey silks 10. PRAVALAGUNA (FR)
J: D. J. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
10-11
Failed to deliver on chase debut last spring but has put that firmly behind her this season, landing Limerick maiden and listed event at Naas. Walsh prefers Voix Du Reve but she's not discounted.
33 stars

Analyst's Verdict

LOSTINTRANSLATION displayed a willing attitude when mastering Defi Du Seuil here in January and while he subsequently succumbed to the latter at Sandown, the return to this track (seems best going left-handed) tilts the scales back in favour of Colin Tizzard's charge. His old rival is likely to mount a serious challenge and is feared most, while Real Steel may be the pick of Willie Mullins' trio.

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