Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase (Listed Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) 4m
- (5yo+, 4m, Class 1, 15 runners)
- Winner £50,966 2nd £15,920 3rd £7,956 4th £3,978 5th £1,989 6th £1,003
- Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 44.30s
- Off time: 16:40:16
|1st||10 Midnight Prayer||8/1|
|2nd||13 Shotgun Paddy||nk||7/2|
According To Trev (IRE) 45
|8||160 11-6 vt||N A Twiston-Davies||Mr J Bargary||129||28/1|
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 32
|8||160 11-6||J W Mullins||Mr B O'Neill||114||100/1|
American Spin 74
|10||160 11-6||L A Dace||Mr Joshua Guerriero||122||100/1|
Beeves (IRE) 46
|7||160 11-6 b||D McCain Jnr||Mr R O Harding||132||25/1|
Firm Order (IRE) 20
|9||160 11-6 p||P R Webber||Mr F Mitchell||129||25/1|
Foxrock (IRE) 23
|6||160 11-6||T M Walsh||Ms K Walsh||143||3/1f|
Herdsman (IRE) 29
|9||160 11-6||Mrs S J Smith||Mr R P McNamara||132||25/1|
Living Next Door (IRE) 45
|8||160 11-6||A J Martin||Mr J J Codd||126||33/1|
Merlin's Wish 61
|9||160 11-6||M Keighley||Mr R P Quinlan||125||33/1|
Midnight Prayer 31
|9||160 11-6||A King||Mr Joshua Newman||139||8/1|
Milborough (IRE) 38
|8||160 11-6||Tim Vaughan||Mr B Gibbs||131||40/1|
Rogue Angel (IRE) 52
|6||160 11-6 b||M F Morris||Mr S Clements||134||16/1|
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 59
|7||160 11-6||Miss E C Lavelle||Mr Derek O'Connor||151||7/2|
Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 87
|7||160 11-6 pt||Jonjo O'Neill||Miss N Carberry||146||4/1|
Suntiep (FR) 38
|8||160 11-6||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins||136||9/1|
Back In Focus (IRE)
||8||11-6||W P Mullins||Mr P W Mullins||9/4|
Plenty of these have already demonstrated their staying ability. Shotgun Paddy's victory in a Grade 3 handicap over 3m5f at Warwick in January is probably the best form but the runner-up disappointed next time and whether Emma Lavelle's charge will reproduce that effort on quicker ground is a concern, though Derek O'Connor is a good jockey booking having ridden Chicago Grey to victory in 2011. Last year's successful trainer/jockey partnership team up with Suntiep but his comparative lack of experience over fences may be a problem and Foxrock could prove the best of the Irish. Ted Walsh's gelding was second in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December and has done little wrong since. He has the beating of Rogue Angel on Naas running in January. Jonjo O'Neill has trained the winner of this four times in the last 12 years so knows what it takes and SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR is a lot better than he showed when sent off favourite over 3m2f here in December. Placed over hurdles at last year's Festival, he's one of the few guaranteed to relish the drying ground and Nina Carberry can afford to take her time over this marathon trip. Midnight Prayer comfortably beat Adrenalin Flight in the autumn and won by a distance at Warwick last time so may prove the pick of the remainder.
Midnight Prayer 8-13fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led 6 out on bit, soon clear, easily, won at Warwick 3m 2f nov chs (3) sft in Feb beating Count Guido Deiro (11-7) by well, 4 ran.
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, went 2nd 7th, not fluent 5 out, led 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on well, clear final 100 yards, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan beating Carruthers (11-7) by 6l, 15 ran.
Suntiep (FR) 4-5fav (11-12) Soon led, joined from 11th, pushed along before straight and soon headed, struggling when left in lead and clear last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 3m 1f beg chase hvy in Feb beating Vasco Du Mee (11-1) by well, 7 ran.
Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Pressed leader, led 6th until mistake headed 10th and lost place, outpaced when mistake 14th, left 4th 3 out, rallied and stayed on under pressure to 3rd 2 out, driven and kept on flat, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Triangular (10-11) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.
Living Next Door (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, no impression when unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by He'llberemembered (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Jan, 21 ran.
Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 17th, hit 4 out and stumbled slightly, soon ridden and no impression, well beaten after 3 out, lost 3rd next, last of 4, 35l behind Sam Winner (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Dec.
Rogue Angel (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Led, clear early, headed before straight, soon weakened, 4th of 5, well behind Foxrock (11-5) at Naas 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Milborough (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, left in 2nd before 9th, joined winner 11th, ridden after 4 out, every chance when not fluent next, no impression from 2 out, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Ely Brown (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Foxrock (IRE) 4-6fav (11-8) Disputed lead, slight mistake and headed 4 out, progress to lead after next, not fluent last and headed briefly early run-in, ridden and kept on well close home, won at Navan 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating My Murphy (11-3) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
American Spin 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside and pushed along at times, reminders before lost place dropped to rear and blundered 10th and next, tailed off and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Ma Filleule (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Beeves (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) With leader, jumped left 5th, led 7th, headed briefly after, headed before 11th, ridden before 3 out, outpaced 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.
According To Trev (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, lost place after 7th, reminders after 8th, soon detached, pulled up after 9th, in a race won by The Rainbow Hunter (10-9) at Doncaster 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Jan, 15 ran.
Firm Order (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Holywell (11-7) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb.
Herdsman (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Tracked leader, blundered 8th, joined leader 11th, led next, driven out, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb beating Everaard (10-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Merlin's Wish 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 6th, mistake 8th, blundered 5 out, chased winner last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Sun Cloud (11-0) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.