Grand Military Gold Cup (Military Amateur Riders' Chase) (Sponsored By The Military Mutual) 3m 110y
- (6yo+, 3m 110y, Class 3, 9 runners)
- Winner £6,239 2nd £1,935 3rd £967 4th £484
- Going: Soft (G/Soft in back straight)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 41.27s
- Off time: 15:05:20
|2nd||4 Le Reve||2¾||3/1|
|10||168 12-0||F O'Brien||Miss Sally Randell (5)||128||10/3|
Estates Recovery (IRE) 14
|9||168 12-0||L A Dace||Lt Col Erica Bridge (7)||109||100/1|
Jack Bene (IRE) 21
|8||168 12-0||Miss L Allan||Lucy Gardner||115||12/1|
Le Reve (IRE) 20
|6||168 12-0 p||Mrs L Wadham||Mr A Michael (5)||129||3/1|
Marley Roca (IRE) 19
|10||168 12-0||P R Webber||Mr Max Chenery (7)||122||20/1|
Neptune Equester 64
|11||168 12-0||A M Thomson||Maj Felix Wheeler (7)||123||14/1|
Polisky (FR) 19
|7||168 12-0 t||P F Nicholls||L J Sole (5)||126||5/1|
Qualypso D'allier (FR) 530
|10||168 12-0||R Woollacott||Csgt Robert Skinner (7) (ex3)||96||50/1|
Solix (FR) 41
|8||168 12-0 v||Ian Williams||Capt H A R Wallace (7)||129||5/2f|
Merrion Square (IRE)
||7||12-0||P F Nicholls||L J Sole||7/4|
Jody Sole has ridden the winner of this twice in the last four years, partnering Merrion Square to victory for Paul Nicholls 12 months ago. He's on board the stable's Polisky this time but the horse dentist will need to be at his persuasive best to extract maximum effort from the seven-year-old, who rarely finds much when push comes to shove. Bradley ideally needs further than this but has every chance at the weights and Le Reve also has claims on his best form. Jack Bene won a hunter chase at Fakenham last month but this is a lot tougher. SOLIX was always prominent when fourth in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster in January. This is a big drop in class and the eight-year-old is fancied to run the finish out of these and come out on top.
Bradley 8-1 (11-5) In touch in mid-division, jumped right and weakened 12th, pulled up after, in a race won by Mendip Express (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Le Reve (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway before 13th, ridden and weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Solix (FR) 33-1 (10-4) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened and lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 15, 12l behind The Rainbow Hunter (10-9) at Doncaster 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Jan.
Polisky (FR) 4-1 (11-2) Soon tracking leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong until winner went by, took 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Dawn Commander (11-2) at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Marley Roca (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, pushed along over 4f out, weakened rapidly over 3f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, 22l behind Tanks For That (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Neptune Equester 4-1 (11-5) Prominent, went 2nd 4th, led before 8th, headed approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on from last, switched right flat, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Beauboreen (11-6) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Jack Bene (IRE) Evensfav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 12th, ridden and every chance from 2 out, led soon after last, just held on, won at Fakenham 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) hvy in Feb beating Mister Chancer (11-3) by hd, 5 ran.
Qualypso D'allier (FR) 10-3 (11-5) Took keen hold in last pair, went right 10th, headway to 4th 4 out, beaten when stumbled 2 out, mistake last, 4th of 6, 10l behind No Panic (11-12) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep '12.
Estates Recovery (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Close up, lost place from 5th, mistake 11th, weakened next, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Loughalder (10-2) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Feb, 9 ran.