Politologue storms to Noel Novices’ Chase victory
Capitaine and Sam Twiston-Davies storm cleaqr after the last
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Politologue storms to Noel victory at Ascot
By Keith Melrose 2:45PM 16 DEC 2016
Report: Ascot, Friday
Mitie Noel Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m5f 8yds, 4yo+
POLITOLOGUE propelled himself into contention for top novice honours as he won the Noel Novices' Chase in stylish fashion at Ascot on Friday.
Making just his second start over fences, 10-11 Politologue skipped over the Ascot fences as he made all.
Only Rock The Kasbah provided meaningful opposition at the business end of the race, but he was brushed aside on the turn and the winner was value for more than the four-length margin at the line.
More to follow . . .
Also at Ascot on Friday
Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Kennel Gate) (Grade 2), 1m7f 152yds, 4yo+
CAPITAINE put in a superb round of jumping as he made all to win the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle by three and a half lengths from Captain Forez.
Ridden aggressively by Sam Twiston-Davies, Capitane bounced off the turf at many of the flights and saw off challenges from the runner-up and Keep In Line to win at 9-1, returning the fifth of six in the betting.
The winner had opened up a clear lead early on, but by the time they turned in all but the disappointing 5-2 favourite Thomas Campbell had some sort of chance. Capitaine was able to fend off the strong-travelling Keep In Line at the last and always had enough in hand over the staying-on runner-up.
Trainer Paul Nicholls said: "I've always thought he was smart. He hosed in at Wincanton. I completely got the tactics wrong at Haydock. The ground was very heavy and he's been keen.
"He learned a lot that day. Sam said there was no gallop so I said let him bowl along, try and dictate it from the front and just keep quickening because all he does is stay. 9-1 was a massive price. He is a good horse and was carrying a penalty."
Bookmakers, however, were not quite bowled over by Capitaine's performance. Paddy Power cut him what felt like a token amount to 25-1 (available generally) from 33s for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March.