Betfred Grand National Trial (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 3m 5f
- (5yo+, 3m 5f, Class 1, 14 runners)
- Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998 5th £2,010 6th £1,005
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 8m 10.40s
- Off time: 14:55:59
|1st||11 Rigadin de Beauchene||16/1|
|2nd||12 Emperor's Choice||10||11/2|
|3rd||13 Loch Ba||30||15/2|
Across The Bay (IRE) 47
|10||166 11-12 bt||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||149||18/1|
Our Father (IRE) 77
|8||162 11-8 t||D Pipe||C O'Farrell||145||5/1|
Hawkes Point 49
|9||160 11-6||P F Nicholls||Ryan Mahon||143||10/1|
Wychwoods Brook 28
|8||159 11-5||Evan Williams||Conor Ring (7)||142||11/1|
Well Refreshed 49
|10||158 11-4||G L Moore||Joshua Moore (3)||141||22/1|
Merry King (IRE) 28
|7||156 11-2 v||Jonjo O'Neill||A P McCoy||139||9/2f|
|9||155 11-1 p1||J Hughes||M D Grant||138||25/1|
Nuts N Bolts 51
|8||155 11-1 t||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||138||14/1|
Wellforth (IRE) 37
|10||149 10-9 p||F Brennan||Felix De Giles||132||66/1|
Le Reve (IRE) 39
|6||148 10-8 p1||Mrs L Wadham||D C Costello||131||18/1|
Rigadin de Beauchene (FR) 301
|9||148 10-8||Miss V Williams||R T Dunne (3)||131||16/1|
Emperor's Choice (IRE) (ex5) 14
|7||148 10-8||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||126||11/2|
Loch Ba (IRE) 35
|8||147 10-7||M R Channon||D Elsworth||130||15/2|
Red Rocco (IRE) 30
|7||144 10-4 v1||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||127||16/1|
||9||10-3||G L Moore||Joshua Moore||9/2|
Merry King (9/2), Our Father (5/1), Emperor's Choice (11/2), Loch Ba (15/2), Hawkes Point (10/1), Wychwoods Brook (11/1), Nuts N Bolts (14/1), Red Rocco (16/1), Rigadin de Beauchene (16/1), Across The Bay (18/1), Le Reve (18/1), Well Refreshed (22/1), Soll (25/1), Wellforth (66/1)
The Welsh Grand National is proving a good pointer for this contest and HAWKES POINT finished runner-up in the Chepstow marathon in December. He beat current Grand National favourite and stablemate Tidal Bay with Merry King further behind and Well Refreshed pulled up. The latter won last year's renewal off a much lower mark but this can go to Paul Nicholls' chaser. Wychwoods Brook won the Peter Marsh Chase over these fences last month with Merry King not beaten far and another bold bid looks likely, while Across The Bay just got the better of Wellforth over 3m4f here in December and that pair are closely matched. Our Father is held in high regard but disappointed when sent off favourite for the Hennessy at Newbury on his comeback. Much better is expected from him and the inconsistent Nuts N Bolts, who beat Red Rocco over track and trip back in November but was pulled up last time. Loch Ba ran well here in December under today's jockey and has an each-way shout as he has the beating of Emperor's Choice, who scored at Ffos Las a fortnight ago, on Warwick form though the latter is still preferred to stablemate Rigadin De Beauchene, beaten 10 lengths when runner-up in this last year.
Rigadin de Beauchene (FR) 25-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, weakened after 14th, pulled up before 16th, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Emperor's Choice (IRE) 9-2fav (10-5) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway before 11th, went 2nd before 3 out, led before last, clear run-in, won at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy beating Firebird Flyer (10-0) by 8l, 12 ran.
Loch Ba (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) In touch, lost place 6th, blundered badly 14th, closed before 16th, 7th 5 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 15, 15l behind Shotgun Paddy (11-7) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan.
Nuts N Bolts 4-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden 10th, tailed off and pulled up next, in a race won by Cloudy Too (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Our Father (IRE) 11-2fav (11-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along in mid-division before 4 out, plugged on under pressure flat but never going pace to get involved, 7th of 21, 20l behind Triolo D'Alene (11-1) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Hawkes Point 14-1 (10-0) Prominent, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, edged left before next, soon headed, 1 length down towards finish, stayed on close home, 2nd of 20, hd behind Mountainous (10-0) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Soll 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, pushed along 16th, hit 4 out, beaten after, plugged on, 4th of 10, 17l behind Relax (11-1) at Sandown 3m hcp chs (2) hvy.
Wychwoods Brook 16-1 (9-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, mistake 8th when in 2nd, lost 2nd before 9th, regained 2nd 4 out, mistake next, headed before and mistake 2 out, hit last, kept on gamely to lead last 100 yards, held on grimly, won at Haydock 3m 1f hcp chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Vintage Star (10-8) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Well Refreshed 10-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, mistakes 2nd, 8th and 9th, hit 10th, mistake 13th, soon behind, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Mountainous (10-0) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec, 20 ran.
Merry King (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) With leader, lost 2nd at 8th, regained 2nd before 9th, ridden before 4 out, rallied before last, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Wychwoods Brook (9-11) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Le Reve (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Led 2nd, often jumped left from 6th, headed next, headed 13th, led after 14th, headed 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 6, 5l behind Edmund Kean (11-2) at Leicester 2m 7f (3) sft in Jan.
Wellforth (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) With leader, led 4th headed before 3 out, ridden and weakened from last, 4th of 9, 14l behind Sun Cloud (11-0) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Across The Bay (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out (normal 4 out, closing in 3rd after last (normal 2 out), stayed on well to lead last strides, won at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec beating Wellforth (10-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Red Rocco (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led, headed before 6th lost place after 14th, pulled up, in a race won by Flying Award (10-13) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.