Ladbrokes nonplussed by Noland win

Noland was eased in the betting for the Arkle Trophy by Ladbrokes but kept at much the same by most other bookmakers following his victory at Sandown on Friday.

Noland was eased in the betting for the Arkle Trophy by Ladbrokes but kept at much the same by most other bookmakers following his victory at Sandown on Friday.

The Harrow firm moved Paul Nicholls’ former Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner a point to 4-1 from 3s but he still remains clear at the top of the market.

Although he only beat My Petra by a length and a half in the Durkan Group Novices’ Chase, the 1-4 favourite jumped stylishly and was fully in command - despite being harried by Psychomodo until that rival fell at the second-last.

“He has had a right blow after that and there is tonnes of improvement to come,” said Nicholls.

“He was hard to get right before his chasing debut at Folkestone and had a setback afterwards so that is just what we wanted.

“He wants a much faster pace, which he will get in the Arkle and Ruby Walsh said he is the best jumper as a novice he has ever sat on.”

Jonjo O’Neill’s Isn’t That Lucky (10-1) was a likeable winner of the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Private Banking “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle as he saw off Schiehallion.

“I really hope he’s a novice chaser for next season,” explained O’Neill.

There was also a fascinating Allied Irish Bank (GB) Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, which went to Philip Hobbs’ Cockney Trucker (11-4 favourite) in a tight finish from David Elsworth’s well-regarded Cyborg.

Pam Sly produced Noble Raider (25-1) to win on his first run for 445 days in the Allied Irish Bank Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

“He’s had stem-cell treatment and has also been fired, so I just have my fingers crossed he’s OK for the next 10 days. I expect he’ll get clobbered by the handicapper too,” said Sly.

King Louis (100-30) seemed to appreciate the return to two miles following a couple of reverses at longer distances.

Richard Rowe’s charge stayed on too strongly for the 8-11 favourite Fabulous Jet in the Devine IAC Handicap Chase.

“He’s still very keen and although we got a good pace, he could have done with them going even quicker,” said Rowe.

“When he learns to settle, I think we’ll have a really good horse.

“He’s entered in the Jewson at Cheltenham, but over two miles and five, it would need to be pretty quick ground.”

Oakfield Legend seemed to have the Foundation Developments Ltd Handicap Chase in safe-keeping before slithering to the ground at the second-last and handing the contest to Mokum (7-2).

Alan King’s Pagano (11-2) bested Stellenbosch in the Allied Irish Bank (GB) Handicap Hurdle.

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