Betfred Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £112,540 2nd £42,400 3rd £21,220 4th £10,600 5th £5,320 6th £2,660 7th £1,320 8th £680
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; National: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 58.10s
  • Off time: 15:06:15
Full result
Result 15:05 Aintree
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Boston Bob 5/1
2nd 8 Rolling Aces 16/1
3rd 1 Ballynagour 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 9P18-P1
BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Ballynagour (IRE) 22
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 9P18-P1
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 t D Pipe T Scudamore 155 5/1
2 1FF-166
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 22
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: 1FF-166
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 154 5/1
3 23-2341
Royal Blue and White chevrons, Royal Blue cap, White diamonds Days Hotel (IRE) 40
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 23-2341
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 154 9/1
4 85-2205
Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap French Opera 21
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 85-2205
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
11 164 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 154 25/1
6 1711-53
Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Rajdhani Express 22
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: 1711-53
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 158
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 158 7/2f
7 111537
Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Rathlin 22
  • T:M F Morris
  • J:B T O'Connell
  • Form: 111537
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 t M F Morris B T O'Connell 155 16/1
8 112-12P
DARK GREEN, WHITE chevron, LIGHT GREEN sleeves, DARK GREEN and WHITE check cap Rolling Aces (IRE) 48
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 112-12P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-10pt
  • OR: 149
  • Naps:
8 164 11-10 pt P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 149 16/1
9 122122
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 40
  • T:G Elliott
  • J:D N Russell
  • Form: 122122
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10pt
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
7 164 11-10 pt G Elliott D N Russell 150 14/1
10 3-66215
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 23
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 3-66215
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-10t
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
11 164 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 9/2
11 741481
Dark Green and Yellow stripes, Yellow sleeves and cap Pepite Rose (FR) 13
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 741481
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 154
  • Naps:
7 157 11-3 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 154 9/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
5 14-2413
Module (FR) 23
  • Nag Me
  • T:T R George
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 14-2413
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 164
  • Naps:
7 1110 T R George P J Brennan 164 WD

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Sprinter Sacre (FR)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
7 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 1/3
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In depth

Verdict

This is a disappointing renewal and the betting will indicate that there isn't a stand-out performer this year. Module was third in the Champion Chase having earlier won the Game Spirit at Newbury but is probably just short of top class over this longer trip. Nicky Henderson has won the last two renewals so Rajdhani Express, an improved third in the Ryanair at Cheltenham, has to be respected as there seems no obvious reason why either Boston Bob or Rathlin should reverse that form. Easy Cheltenham winner Ballynagour seems best after a break so how he'll cope with a second tough race in three weeks in anybody's guess but WISHFULL THINKING is as tough as old boots and this is his trip nowadays. He got taken off his feet in the Champion Chase but was making up ground hand over fist up the hill and can reverse that form with Module and go one better than when second in this contest in 2012.

Formwatch

Module (FR) 20-1 (11-10) In touch in mid-division, ridden after 9th, not fluent and outpaced 3 out, stayed on from last, closing towards finish, just failed to get 2nd, no impression on winner, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Sire De Grugy (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Boston Bob (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, 8th and shaken up after 3 out, stayed on well from 2 out, nearest finish, 6th of 11, 9l behind Dynaste (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.

Rolling Aces (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Held up in touch, closed 9th, ridden and lost place 4 out, well beaten after next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Captain Chris (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs G1 (1) sft in Feb, 8 ran.

Ballynagour (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear of mid-division, steady headway 4 out, tracked leaders next, led soon after 2 out, ridden clear flat, stayed on well, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar beating Colour Squadron (11-1) by 8l, 23 ran.

Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Raced in rear, pushed along briefly from 5th, went moderate 2nd from 2 out where jumped left, closed from last, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 2nd of 3, 6l behind Days Hotel (11-10) at Naas 2m chs G2 (1) in Feb.

Rathlin 20-1 (11-10) Mid-division on outside, headway 7th, ridden after 3 out, weakening when not fluent 2 out, 7th of 11, 22l behind Dynaste (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.

Pepite Rose (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching 7th, chasing leaders when hit next, led 3 out, clear next, kept on strongly, very easily, won at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Mar beating Tony Star (11-0) by 12l, 8 ran.

Rajdhani Express 18-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway 7th, went 2nd before 4 out, challenged next, lost 2nd and slightly impeded after last, stayed on, held by front pair, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dynaste (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.

Wishfull Thinking 18-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, mistake 9th, 6th and not on terms 2 out, stayed on, never involved, 5th of 11, 13l behind Sire De Grugy (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.

French Opera 33-1 (11-7) In touch, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, effort and every chance next, soon ridden and one pace, no impression flat, 5th of 23, 5l behind Savello (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.

Days Hotel (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Soon disputed lead, led from 4th, mistake 3 out, clear from next, reduced lead from last, ridden out to assert run-in, clear again closing stages, comfortably, won at Naas 2m chs G2 (1) in Feb beating Toner D'Oudairies (11-7) by 6l, 3 ran.