Royal Artillery Gold Cup (Amateur Riders' Chase) (Supported By NP Aerospace) 3m 110y
- (6yo+, 3m 110y, Class 3, 8 runners)
- Winner £6,239 2nd £1,935 3rd £967 4th £484
- Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places back straight)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 40.60s
- Off time: 15:00:36
|2nd||7 Fine Parchment||8||5/1|
|3rd||3 Lord Tomnoddy||6||6/1|
Double Dizzy 7
|12||173 12-5 t||R H Buckler||Lt Col Erica Bridge (7)||114||12/1|
Gwanako (FR) 13
|10||173 12-5||P F Nicholls||Lbdr Jody Sole (7)||130||7/4f|
Lord Tomnoddy 31
|11||173 12-5||K C Bailey||Maj A Michael (5)||122||6/1|
Railway Dillon (IRE) 41
|8||173 12-5 b||D McCain Jnr||Lucy Gardner||129||10/3|
Benedictus (IRE) 15
|8||168 12-0||Miss J Western||Mr P York||93||33/1|
Bolachoir (IRE) 343
|11||168 12-0||P R Chamings||Capt Max Chenery (7)||102||33/1|
Fine Parchment (IRE) 29
|10||168 12-0 pt||C J Mann||Mr R G Spencer (7)||125||5/1|
Whinstone Boy (IRE) 12
|12||168 12-0||G Bailey||Mr A Vaughan-jones (7)||119||9/1|
||8||12-0||F O'Brien||Mr Richard Spencer||9/4|
Bolachoir was second in this amateurs' showpiece in 2010 under Lucy Gardner but was only sixth last year. His rider on that first occasion usually has a fancied mount in this and RAILWAY DILLON will be no exception. The latter hasn't really been firing this season but his fourth to Quartz De Thaix at Haydock in November is still the best form on offer here and he's probably the one to beat. Gwanako was fourth in a handicap over 2m4f here last time but seems best at that shorter trip nowadays while Double Dizzy is an out-and-out stayer. Richard Spencer rode last year's winner and Fine Parchment would have a chance on his old form but stopped quickly at Wincanton last month. Pointer Whinstone Boy may be best of the rest.
Gwanako (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5 out, effort 3 out, jumped left next, weakened last, 4th of 6, 15l behind Dashing George (10-6) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led until 11th, weakened from 13th, 6th of 9, 40l behind Ballyallia Man (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Lord Tomnoddy 5-6fav (11-0) Tracked leading pair, not always fluent, hit 10th, closed when hit 2 out, soon ridden, no impression from last, last of 3, 6l behind One In A Milan (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs 0-125 (4) hvy in Jan.
Double Dizzy 14-1 (11-6) Prominent, mistake 8th, led 12th, headed next, led after 14th, headed before 4 out, one pace in 3rd 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 15, 23l behind Alderluck (11-5) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Railway Dillon (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, slow 14th, weakened 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Katenko (10-6) at Sandown 3m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Benedictus (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, stumbled 2nd, headway 4th, left 2nd next, led 9th, headed after next, led 12th, headed when jumped slowly 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Kirkleigh (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan, 14 ran.
Whinstone Boy (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Led to 4 & 7til hdd aft 13; outpcd 15, 2nd of 9, 15l behind Roulez Cool (12-0) at Brocklesby Park 3m ptp gs.
Bolachoir (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Ran in snatches, in touch, outpaced in 5th at 14th, struggling after 4 out, plugged on again after 2 out, 5th of 10, 17l behind Masked Man (11-7) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.