Badger Ales Trophy (Listed Handicap Chase) 3m 1f 110y
- (4yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 1, 12 runners)
- Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198 5th £1,608 6th £804
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 35.90s
- Off time: 15:25:21
|1st||7 The Package||5/1|
|2nd||6 Michel Le Bon||3¾||4/1f|
|3rd||3 West End Rocker||41||25/1|
Diamond Harry 212
|9||166 11-12||Nick Williams||N Fehily||150||5/1|
Tamarinbleu (FR) 238
|12||165 11-11 p||D Pipe||Tom Bellamy (7)||149||40/1|
West End Rocker (IRE) 196
|10||162 11-8||A King||R Thornton||146||25/1|
Zarrafakt (IRE) 242
|8||158 11-4||Miss E C Lavelle||D C Costello||142||7/1|
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 17
|7||158 11-4 p||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||142||5/1|
Michel Le Bon (FR) 205
|9||156 11-2||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||140||4/1f|
The Package 242
|9||155 11-1||D Pipe||T J Murphy||139||5/1|
Triangular (USA) 21
|7||152 10-12 pt||T R George||Gerald Quinn (7)||136||40/1|
Mic's Delight (IRE) 209
|8||147 10-7||V R A Dartnall||A Glassonbury||131||14/1|
No Loose Change (IRE) 15
|7||143 10-3 t||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||127||9/1|
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 28
|7||140 10-0 t||T R George||P J Brennan||122||9/1|
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 21
|8||140 10-0 t||P Henderson||Paul Moloney (ex2)||122||100/1|
||9||102||Miss S Smith||C Bolger||126||NR|
The Minack (IRE)
||7||11-7||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||11/4|
Golden Chieftain went some way towards justifying a tall home reputation when winning easily at Worcester and the longer trip shouldn't be a problem. Both West End Rocker and Zarrafakt could figure if in the mood while Paul Nicholls has won this three times in the last four years so Michel Le Bon, a winner over hurdles at Cheltenham in the spring, has to go on the short-list back over fences. He makes more appeal than No Loose Change, who disappointed at Fakenham. Triangular looked in need of the run at Cheltenham while Mic's Delight and the front-running Aimigayle could be well handicapped but we'll take a chance on THE PACKAGE. David Pipe's nine-year-old goes well fresh and was fancied for this Listed handicap in 2010 off an 8lb higher mark. His fourth at Cheltenham in March suggests he retains plenty of ability and Timmy Murphy will be producing him late here in a bid to land the spoils.
Aimigayle 7-2 (11-11) Led, driven and headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure, held on for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Wild Rhubarb (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
The Package 6-1 (10-10) Mid-division on outside, headway 14th, went 2nd after 3 out, challenged next, soon ridden, kept on and every chance until one pace flat, 4th of 19, 7l behind Alfie Sherrin (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Michel Le Bon (FR) 9-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, not fluent 7th, mistake next, went 2nd after 2 out, led approaching last, stayed on, driven out, won at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr beating Pause And Clause (10-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
West End Rocker (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Towards rear, behind and pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Tidal Bay (11-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Apr, 19 ran.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, making headway and tracking leaders when badly hampered by loose horse and stumbled after 7th, stayed on same pace in 3rd from 4 out, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Awaywiththegreys (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) In rear, hit 8th, struggling next, tailed off, 15th of 20, well behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.
Diamond Harry 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place 11th, soon struggling, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Follow The Plan (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Tamarinbleu (FR) 25-1 (11-2) With leader, led after 1st, headed approaching 4 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Master Overseer (10-3) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar, 16 ran.
Zarrafakt (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) In rear, mistake 11th, never dangerous, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Alfie Sherrin (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 19 ran.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Prominent, led 6th, headed approaching 4 out, led again 3 out, came clear from next, easily, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct beating Prince Buster (11-2) by 14l, 14 ran.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 6-5fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, mistake and reminder 5th, left in narrow lead when hampered 10th, headed 12th, ridden after 4 out, no chance with winner in clear 2nd from next, 2nd of 5, 24l behind Baile Anrai (11-8) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov chs (3) sft in Apr.
No Loose Change (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 2nd , lost place 4th, mistake 8th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Romanesco (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Triangular (USA) 16-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden 9th, lost place next, soon behind, tailed off, 14th of 20, well behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.