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Betfred Midlands Grand National Chase (Listed Handicap) 4m 1f 110y

  • (5yo+, 4m 1f 110y, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330 5th £2,680 6th £1,340
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 8m 41.60s
  • Off time: 15:50:19
  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 18:04 GMT

David Pipe won the Betfred Midlands Grand National for a remarkable fourth successive season at Uttoxeter as 13/2 favourite Goulanes struck under Richard Johnson.

Goulanes on his way to victory under Richard Johnson
Goulanes on his way to victory under Richard Johnson

The market leader could be seen travelling powerfully at the rear of the field for much of the contest and made stealthy headway to chase the leading pair into the home straight.

He got in tight to the third last but was in front at the final fence and was driven clear to score by two-and-a-half lengths.

Alpha Victor (33-1) ran a brave race in second while West End Rocker (20/1) emrged with plenty of credit as he finished third on a belated seasonal reappearance.

Summery Justice (20-1) was back in fourth.

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Goulanes is owned by Roger Brookhouse, who saw his colours carried to victory by the Pipe-trained Western Warhorse in the Racing Post Arkle at Cheltenham, where Goulanes also held an entry in the Kim Muir.

Johnson, who had two winners at the Festival himself, said: "He was very good, they went a really hard gallop early on, the ground is drying but it's tacky and hard work.

"He jumped well bar the third last, Tom Scudamore said to humour him a bit but he jumped the last well.

"He's a bit of a character but he's got ability. When he got to the front he was looking at everything. It's been a great week."

Brookhouse said: "The ground was drying up at Cheltenham so we decided to come here. Kim Bailey (Harry Topper's trainer) walked the track and said there was juice in it so that was good enough for me. As long as it was soft enough we thought he had a good chance."

Sky Bet halved the winner in price to 33/1 for the Crabbie's Grand National.

Johnson doubled up in the closing bumper on the Steve Gollings-trained Relic Rock (9-2) who conceded upwards of 7lb to all his rivals in a gutsy display.

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