Betfred Classic Chase (Grade 3 Handicap) 3m 5f
- (5yo+, 3m 5f, Class 1, 13 runners)
- Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198 5th £1,608 6th £804
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 7m 48.40s
- Off time: 15:35:14
|1st||12 Rigadin de Beauchene||5/1|
|3rd||7 Pete The Feat||3½||7/2f|
Auroras Encore (IRE) 17
|11||166 11-12||Mrs S J Smith||Ryan Mania||142||28/1|
Restless Harry 24
|9||164 11-10||R Dickin||H Oliver||140||13/2|
|9||162 11-8||F M O'Brien||P J Brennan||138||11/2|
Universal Soldier (IRE) 7
|8||162 11-8 p1||C E Longsdon||Felix De Giles||138||22/1|
Benheir (IRE) 17
|7||161 11-7 p||Miss R Curtis||Patrick Corbett (7)||137||20/1|
Major Malarkey (IRE) 35
|10||159 11-5||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||135||17/2|
Pete The Feat (IRE) 14
|9||158 11-4||C E Longsdon||N Fehily||134||7/2f|
Quentin Collonges (FR) 28
|9||154 11-0||H D Daly||A Tinkler||130||12/1|
Wellforth (IRE) 21
|9||153 10-13 p||S Lycett||David England||129||66/1|
Godsmejudge (IRE) 25
|7||152 10-12||A King||W Hutchinson||128||9/1|
Sea Saffron 11
|12||151 10-11||Mrs S Gardner||S Thomas||127||66/1|
Rigadin de Beauchene (FR) 28
|8||146 10-6||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne (3)||122||5/1|
Flying Award (IRE) 11
|9||143 10-3||Mrs S Gardner||Aidan Coleman||119||8/1|
Hey Big Spender (IRE)
||9||11-12||C L Tizzard||J Tizzard||14/1|
Pete The Feat has risen 40lb in the weights since starting his winning run in the autumn but pulled right away from his rivals in the Mandarin Chase at Newbury two weeks ago and shouldn't disgrace himself in this better contest. Restless Harry was a smart staying hurdler and is unexposed over fences, though didn't have much to beat last time, while Bradley ran subsequent Welsh National hero Monbeg Dude to a neck at Cheltenham two runs ago and would have every chance on that form. Godsmejudge has scope and could appreciate the step up in distance but is giving 6lb to RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE, who may well be the best handicapped horse in the race. Rob Dunne is the eight-year-old's regular partner and claims a further 3lb off Venetia Williams' gelding, who has been brought along steadily this season and could be ready to double his career tally now given a thorough test of stamina. His stable has been in cracking form since the turn of the year.
Rigadin de Beauchene (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Always prominent, led 4 out, hard driven and strongly challenged 2 out, headed after last, no extra, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Well Refreshed (10-5) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Godsmejudge (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 10th, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, driven out, won at Folkestone 3m 1f beg chs (4) gd in Dec beating The Musical Guy (11-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Pete The Feat (IRE) 15-8fav (11-7) Raced keenly, made all, hit 3rd, clear 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Relax (11-4) by 5l, 8 ran.
Flying Award (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Patiently ridden and held up last, went left 9th, hampered 12th, steady headway from 14th, chased leaders before 4 out, stayed on to lead approaching last, ridden out, won at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy beating Pericoloso (11-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Auroras Encore (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, ridden 4 out, soon well behind, 4th of 7, 24l behind Cape Tribulation (11-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Major Malarkey (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 17th, headway approaching 3 outm ridden to challenge next, stayed on strongly towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Lively Baron (10-5) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Dec.
Quentin Collonges (FR) 11-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, blundered 10th, soon lost place, one pace from 2 out, 7th of 16, 18l behind Court By Surprise (10-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Dec.
Restless Harry 5-4fav (11-0) Made all, jumped slowly 8th (water), joined when 3 out, driven and in command next, stayed on well, won at Newbury 3m grad ch (2) sft in Dec beating Tullamore Dew (11-7) by 11l, 5 ran.
Bradley 15-8fav (10-4) Mistake 1st, not fluent, chased leaders, pushed along 13th, hampered 3 out, jumped right next, plugged on from last, never on terms, 5th of 8, 13l behind Master Overseer (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Universal Soldier (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 4th, lost place next, ridden 7th, tailed off before 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Monbeg Dude (10-1) at Chepstow 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy, 17 ran.
Benheir (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, soon under pressure, weakened before last, 2nd of 5, 15l behind Carruthers (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.
Wellforth (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 5 out, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 24l behind Cannington Brook (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Sea Saffron 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division, weakened 5th, 10th of 12, 34l behind Xaarcet (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.