Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3 Handicap) 2m 110y
- (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 23 runners)
- Winner £51,255 2nd £19,233 3rd £9,630 4th £4,797 5th £2,412 6th £1,206
- Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 1.30s
- Off time: 17:25:55
|2nd||21 Ned Buntline||1¼||6/1j|
|3rd||13 Claret Cloak||nk||6/1j|
|4th||12 Next Sensation||nk||7/1|
French Opera 42
|11||166 11-12||N J Henderson||Nico de Boinville (5)||154||33/1|
Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 55
|12||165 11-11 t||C L Tizzard||Brendan Powell||153||28/1|
Raya Star (IRE) 34
|8||161 11-7||A King||R Thornton||149||7/1|
Easter Meteor 90
|8||160 11-6||Miss E C Lavelle||Richie O'Dea (10)||148||25/1|
Mr Mole (IRE) 36
|6||159 11-5 t||P F Nicholls||A P McCoy||147||7/1|
Savello (IRE) 54
|8||159 11-5 h||A J Martin||D N Russell||147||16/1|
Eastlake (IRE) 41
|8||159 11-5||Jonjo O'Neill||Maurice Linehan (5)||147||20/1|
Drumshambo (USA) 34
|8||156 11-2 p1||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||144||40/1|
Viva Colonia (IRE) 72
|9||156 11-2||B Ellison||Nick Scholfield||144||40/1|
Tanks For That (IRE) 26
|11||156 11-2||N J Henderson||B J Geraghty||144||12/1|
Astracad (FR) 77
|8||155 11-1 vt||N A Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||143||22/1|
Next Sensation (IRE) 75
|7||154 11-0 t||M Scudamore||R Johnson||142||7/1|
Claret Cloak (IRE) 97
|7||154 11-0||Miss E C Lavelle||N D Fehily||142||6/1j|
His Excellency (IRE) 40
|6||154 11-0 b||D Pipe||T Scudamore||142||14/1|
Dare Me (IRE) 62
|10||154 11-0||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||142||14/1|
Lancetto (FR) 55
|9||153 10-13 v1||Evan Williams||Conor Ring (7)||141||50/1|
Competitive Edge (IRE) 15
|7||152 10-12||C O'Dwyer||M P Walsh||140||40/1|
Anquetta (IRE) 90
|10||151 10-11||N J Henderson||Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)||139||50/1|
Passage Vendome (FR) 97
|8||150 10-10||W P Mullins||D J Casey||138||33/1|
Ned Buntline 68
|6||150 10-10 h||N Meade||P Carberry||138||6/1j|
Changing The Guard 27
|8||149 10-9 t||Dr R D P Newland||Wayne Hutchinson||137||25/1|
Shooters Wood (IRE) 16
|10||149 10-9 t||P F Nicholls||Mr H Derham (3)||137||40/1|
Lucky Landing (IRE) 13
|8||148 10-8||T Coyle||D C Costello||136||66/1|
||8||h||D G Bridgwater||T J O'Brien||142||WD|
||9||10-11||T Mullins||A P McCoy||3/1|
The home team usually end the meeting on a high but the gambled-on Alderwood, who had won the County Hurdle 12 months earlier, took it last year for Thomas Mullins and previous course form can also be important. Oiseau de Nuit won the race in 2011 and beat Tanks For That at Aintree last spring. This is his time of year and he's come up against Sire De Grugy in his last three starts so will appreciate this easier task, though isn't getting any younger. McCoy will have to work hard to keep the enigmatic Mr Mole interested while Next Sensation is unlikely to be allowed an uncontested lead and is climbing the weights. Eastlake beat French Opera here in December but may also be too high in the weights now. His Excellency could go well if in the mood while a strong gallop would suit Astracad and Easter Meteor but the handicapper looks to have given NED BUNTLINE every chance off a mark of 138 and Noel Meade's novice can come out on top if his lack of experience doesn't prove too much of a disadvantage. Competitive Edge also catches the eye near the foot of the weights but they may go too quick for Dare Me.
Oscar Hill (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Jumped boldly, set good gallop and clear until not fluent 4 out, headed before next, weakened 2 out, 6th of 8, 30l behind Grey Gold (11-2) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Savello (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, close 5th 3 out, soon ridden and weakened before next, 9th of 13, well behind Turban (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f sft in Jan.
Ned Buntline Evensfav (11-8) Held up in rear and took keen hold early, headway from 4 out, 3rd when not fluent next, went 2nd and ridden from 2 out, no impression on winner from last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Mallowney (11-2) at Naas 2m nov chs sft in Jan.
Claret Cloak (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Led until after 2nd, chased leader, led again 4th, hit 4 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no impression when lost 2nd last, weakened and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 6, 10l behind Hinterland (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.
Next Sensation (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Made all, clear from 4 out, hit 2 out, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Doncaster 2m (3) gs in Dec beating God's Own (11-2) by 6l, 8 ran.
French Opera 3-1fav (11-0) Mid-division on outside, closed after 3f, led 6f out, headed 5f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 22l behind Domtaline (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Eastlake (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway from 8th, every chance 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 8, 26l behind Grey Gold (11-2) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.
Dare Me (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outside after 2nd, closed 5th, challenged 7th, led 4 out, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan beating Al Alfa (10-3) by 14l, 9 ran.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up in last on outside, not fluent 2nd, headway 8th, lost place before 4 out, well beaten next, 7th of 9, 36l behind Doeslessthanme (11-1) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Tanks For That (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, driven out, just held on, all out, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb beating Tzora (11-0) by ns, 13 ran.
Anquetta (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 2nd, lost place 9th, well beaten 4 out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Eastlake (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) gd in Dec.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, went 4th before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, challenged last, ridden and switched left run-in, not quicken, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Mr Moonshine (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Changing The Guard 33-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, hampered 1st, not fluent 3rd, headway 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 15, 33l behind Kaylif Aramis (10-7) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Drumshambo (USA) 7-1 (11-6) In touch in 4th, pushed along and weakened before 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 36l behind Mr Moonshine (11-4) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb.
His Excellency (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Prominent, mistakes 5th and 8th, outpaced before 4 out, rallied 3 out, every chance when mistake last, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Swift Arrow (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Lancetto (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders in 4th until approaching 8th, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan.
Shooters Wood (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Led, pushed along and joined 2f out, ridden over 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, one pace into 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Supreme Present (10-9) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Astracad (FR) 50-1 (11-0) Not fluent, held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent next, left in modest 4th after 7th, no chance when blundered 3 out, went poor 3rd 2 out, tailed off, 3rd of 6, 30l behind Sire De Grugy (11-10) at Kempton 2m Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.
Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 28-1 (11-7) Held up in touch in 5th, dropped to rear 7th, weakened soon after 8th, 5th of 7, 37l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Jan.
Raya Star (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5th, challenged and hit 9th (3 out), lost 2nd 2 out, soon ridden and stayed on same pace, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Module (11-2) at Newbury 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Mr Mole (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked winner, mistake 3 out, ridden before and hit last, kept on and no impression, last of 2, 10l behind Rock On Ruby (11-7) at Doncaster 2m nov chs (3) gs in Feb.
Competitive Edge (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Held up in 3rd, left 2nd at 6th, slight mistake 4 out, improved to lead next, ridden in narrow lead before 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Letter Of Credit (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 hvy in Feb.
Passage Vendome (FR) 20-1 (11-8) Held up in moderate 3rd, ridden from 3 out, dropped to moderate 4th after 2 out, soon no impression, last of 4, 28l behind Felix Yonger (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f nov chs in Dec.
Easter Meteor 14-1 (11-9) Pressed leader, led 12th, hit 3 out, mistake and headed 2 out, no extra flat, 6th of 13, 19l behind Double Ross (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.