Let’s hope for better luck this year in the Grade 2 novice chase at Newbury on Friday
We have twice hit the crossbar in the Grade 2 novices’ chase at Newbury on Friday, having had the runner-up the last two years with Yanworth and Talkischeap, the latter having had last week’s impressive Betfair Chase winner Lostintranslation back in third 12 months ago.
This time around we are represented by Deyrann de Carjac, who is unbeaten in two runs over fences. Alternative races are hard to find as horses don’t get into handicaps until they have had a third run, and they would have double penalties in ordinary novice chases.
Alan said:”Deyrann de Carjac was very impressive when winning an above-average novice chase at Huntingdon earlier this month. He jumped accurately and the runner-up has since won at Ascot, so that form looks solid.
“This is another step up in class, but he is a horse I like a lot and he schooled well on Monday. Fences seem to have made a man of him, but I hope we don’t get any more rain.
“We also run Azzerti in the two and a half mile handicap chase. I was very encouraged by his recent win over the course and distance, and he seems to have grown up since last season. He was better behaved in the preliminaries than previously and jumped super, too.
“I thought the second was coming to head him up the run-in, but it was good to see him dig in and shrug off the challenge, sticking his head out and finding extra. I hope this stronger race does not come too soon and he has only gone up 4lb, so fingers crossed he can again be competitive.
“Finally, we have Bastien back over hurdles in the three miler. It did not quite happen for him over fences last season, so starting off over the smaller obstacles might help him regain his confidence.”