North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase 3m 6f
- (5yo+, 3m 6f, Class 3, 14 runners)
- Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
- Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 8m 3.00s
- Off time: 14:16:07
|1st||10 Chac Du Cadran||11/2|
|2nd||13 Desperate Dex||8||12/1|
|3rd||4 Night In Milan||nk||8/1|
Any Currency (IRE) 33
|10||166 11-12 ct||M Keighley||A P McCoy||134||15/2|
Lively Baron (IRE) 33
|8||161 11-7 bt||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||129||15/2|
Cloudy Too (IRE) 26
|7||161 11-7||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (7)||129||10/1|
Night In Milan (IRE) 26
|7||159 11-5 b||K G Reveley||J Reveley||127||8/1|
Pentiffic (NZ) (ex7) 6
|10||155 11-1||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||116||9/2f|
Posh Bird (IRE) 31
|10||153 10-13||P D Niven||B Hughes||121||16/1|
Lord Villez (FR) 32
|9||153 10-13||Ferdy Murphy||D F O'Regan||121||25/1|
King Fontaine (IRE) 26
|10||151 10-11||J M Jefferson||Harry Haynes||119||10/1|
Jaunty Journey 47
|10||149 10-9||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||117||10/1|
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 21
|7||147 10-7 p||C C Bealby||T Messenger||115||11/2|
Leac An Scail (IRE) 27
|12||147 10-7||Miss J E Foster||Samantha Drake (7)||115||33/1|
Gidam Gidam (IRE) 222
|11||147 10-7 p||John R Upson||Mrs C Hardwick (7)||115||80/1|
Desperate Dex (IRE) 34
|13||145 10-5||T R George||P J Brennan||113||12/1|
Super Ally (IRE) 12
|8||140 10-0||A Parker||R McGrath||107||25/1|
||7||103 p||S Gollings||P Bohan||111||NR|
Posh Bird (IRE)
||9||10-3||P D Niven||G Lee||8/1|
Posh Bird bids to repeat last year's victory in this marathon off an 18lb higher mark but there are several durable and in-form stayers in this year's renewal that may be better handicapped. Pentiffic revels in soft ground and returned to winning ways at Musselburgh last week, though that means he now carries a penalty. Lively Baron has won at Kelso and Sandown this season while Jaunty Journey and Chac Du Cadran have been knocking on the door. Cloudy Too may lack the experience for a race of this nature, however. NIGHT IN MILAN ran a cracker behind Court In Motion over 3m at Doncaster last month when the disappointing King Fontaine was down the field. He does have his stamina to prove over this longer trip but was placed over 3m3f over hurdles at Kelso earlier and could be the one to beat if he lasts home as Desperate Dex may find this too tough and Soudain had an alternative engagement yesterday. Any Currency has AP McCoy in the saddle but might struggle under top weight on soft ground.
Soudain (FR) 7-2 (10-11) Keen close up, chased leader 4th, joined leader 13th, led 16th, ridden and joined 2out, driven and stayed on gamely, won at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec beating Overyou (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 85-40fav (11-8) Tracked winner throughout, ridden and effort before 2 out, switched right between last 2, kept on flat, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Shaking Hands (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Desperate Dex (IRE) 5-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, stayed on well after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Arbor Supreme (10-4) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Night In Milan (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden before 11th, headway before 2 out, in 5th at last, stayed on strongly on outer, just held close home, 2nd of 16, ns behind Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec.
Any Currency (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 4th when hit 15th (canal turn) and unseated rider, in a race won by Hello Bud (10-0) at Aintree 3m 2f Listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Super Ally (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 6th, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, stayed on under pressure to take 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Rolecarr (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Pentiffic (NZ) 9-4fav (10-9) Tracked leader, led before 12th, ridden before last, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft beating Stormin Exit (11-6) by 14l, 7 ran.
Lord Villez (FR) 10-1 (11-2) Led until headed after 10th, chased leaders, pushed along in 3rd before 2 out, no extra last, lost modest 3rd towards finish, 4th of 8, 6l behind Mortimers Cross (10-10) at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Lively Baron (IRE) 15-8fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th and 6th, led after 4 out, strongly challenged from 2 out, all out, held on well, won at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Dec beating Major Malarkey (10-12) by nk, 5 ran.
Posh Bird (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, steady headway from 3 out, no impression, 8th of 14, 21l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Jaunty Journey 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, led 4 out, mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, every chance flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
King Fontaine (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pushed along before 12th, headway before 5 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 16, 29l behind Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec.
Gidam Gidam (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) (cp) lost plce 16; rallied 19; lft 2nd 4 out; led aft nxt; hdd 2 out; led last; stayed on wl, won at Dingley 4m ptp gd in Jun beating Baddam (12-0) by 8l, 5 ran.
Cloudy Too (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Led, jumped mainly right, headed 6th, lost place 5 out, ridden before 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 5, 20l behind Rocky Creek (11-1) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Dec.
Leac An Scail (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, blundered 4 out, effort on inside after 2 out, switched right approaching last, stayed on to press for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Outlaw Pete (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec.