Spinal Research The Atlantic 4 Gold Cup (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 16 runners)
- Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330 5th £2,680 6th £1,340
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 5m 9.50s
- Off time: 14:32:20
|3rd||10 Roudoudou Ville||nk||10/1|
Great Endeavour (IRE) 14
|7||159 11-5||D Pipe||Timmy Murphy||157||8/1|
Medermit (FR) 21
|7||159 11-5||A King||R Thornton||157||11/1|
Roberto Goldback (IRE) 37
|9||158 11-4||D T Hughes||P J Brennan||156||25/1|
Ghizao (GER) 39
|7||156 11-2||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||154||17/2|
I'msingingtheblues (IRE) 7
|9||154 11-0 t||D Pipe||Hadden Frost||152||25/1|
Calgary Bay (IRE) 28
|8||147 10-7||Miss H C Knight||D Elsworth||145||20/1|
Tatenen (FR) 268
|7||147 10-7||R Rowe||A Thornton||145||33/1|
Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 28
|6||147 10-7||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||145||6/1|
Roudoudou Ville (FR) 35
|6||147 10-7||V R A Dartnall||A Glassonbury||145||10/1|
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 28
|10||146 10-6 t||T J Taaffe||W Kennedy||144||50/1|
Divers (FR) 28
|7||144 10-4||Ferdy Murphy||K Mercer||142||11/1|
Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 21
|8||144 10-4||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||142||7/2f|
|8||143 10-3 t||D Pipe||T Scudamore||141||16/1|
Nomecheki (FR) 7
|9||140 10-0 p||N J Gifford||L P Aspell (ex2)||138||66/1|
Salut Flo (FR) 616
|6||140 10-0||D Pipe||C O'Farrell (3)||137||13/2|
Mad Moose (IRE) 15
|7||140 10-0||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||135||33/1|
||8||1112 p1||P F Nicholls||R Mahon||164||WD|
||7||11-12||P F Nicholls||Ian Popham||16/1|
Quantitativeeasing finished runner-up to Divers at The Festival in March and filled the same spot behind Great Endeavour in last month's Paddy Power when Divers was a close-up third. Nicky Henderson's six-year-old looks best off at the weights of that trio in this and shouldn't be far away but it's significant that AP McCoy is riding near his minimum to partner the same owner's SUNNYHILLBOY. Behind Great Endeavour when third in this 12 months ago, Jonjo O'Neill's gelding is much better off at the weights now and connections have been careful to protect his handicap mark this season though he did run well over hurdles at Haydock last month. Paul Nicholls has saddled Poquelin to win this for the last two years and has decent claims again with the lightly-raced Ghizao, who can reverse Exeter running with Medermit over this longer trip. But it's difficult to make a case for Irish raiders Roberto Goldback and Finger Onthe Pulse while Roudoudou Ville needs to step up again from his Sandown win. Great Endeavour's trainer David Pipe has four runners in this and Salut Flo is potentially the most interesting as he looked a smart prospect at the beginning of last year. Despite returning from an absence, there's a chance the six-year-old is still ahead of the handicapper and he could run well at big odds under talented claimer Conor O'Farrell.
Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 11-10fav (11-4) Chased leading pair, pushed along 9th, went 2nd approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 16l behind Gauvain (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m chs (2) gs in Nov.
Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Held up, hampered 6th, headway 12th, went 2nd after 3 out until after 2 out, stayed on to go 2nd again flat, well held by winner, 2nd of 20, 7l behind Great Endeavour (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Medermit (FR) 10-3 (11-7) Held up in last pair in touch on inside, headway to 3rd at 13th, ridden and outpaced by leading duo when mistake 2 out, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Master Minded (11-11) at Ascot 2m 3f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Roudoudou Ville (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in 5th off the pace, closed up 6th, went 2nd and not fluent next, led narrowly 9th, not fluent 13th, narrowly headed 4 out, led again and hit 3 out, hit next, came clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov beating Midnight Appeal (10-13) by 4l, 9 ran.
I'msingingtheblues (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) In touch main group, 5th and outpaced after 10th, kept on same pace from 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 17l behind Sizing Europe (11-7) at Sandown 2m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) gs.
Calgary Bay (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Prominent, mistake 6th, lost place 12th, well beaten after 4 out, 8th of 20, 39l behind Great Endeavour (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Ghizao (GER) 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd (water), mistake next, lost 2nd next, ridden in 6th and beaten approaching 4 out, no impression, left 4th last, 4th of 7, 10l behind Medermit (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Nov.
Tatenen (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear of mid-division, blundered 4th, struggling 11th, hampered 4 out, never near leaders, 11th of 20, 31l behind Holmwood Legend (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Mad Moose (IRE) 18-1 (11-5) Blundered 1st, raced in 4th, went 3rd at 3rd, dropped to 4th again after 11th, went modest 3rd again soon after 4 out, out, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 4, 36l behind Bobs Worth (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gd in Nov.
Roberto Goldback (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no impression on leaders in moderate 3rd before straight, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Joncol (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f lst chs (1) in Nov.
Matuhi 16-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra in 6th when brought down last, in a race won by Blazing Tempo (10-4) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Jul, 22 ran.
Great Endeavour (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, hit 9th and 14th, headway on inside approaching 17th, every chance 2 out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 18, 5l behind Carruthers (10-4) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Salut Flo (FR) 7-2 (10-13) Led, not fluent 9th, ridden and headed 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Prince De Beauchene (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Apr '10.
Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Behind, headway into mid-division 3 out, never near leaders, 7th of 20, 20l behind Dynaste (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Nov.
Nomecheki (FR) 22-1 (11-12) Mid-division, blundered and rider lost iron breifly 1st, mistake 5th, jumped slowly next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Stewarts House (11-8) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) hvy, 14 ran.
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Mid-division, struggling from 12th, 13th of 20, well behind Great Endeavour (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Divers (FR) 20-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, chased winner after 2 out, no impression, demoted to 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 20, 11l behind Great Endeavour (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.