Markel Insurance Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £20,787 2nd £7,800 3rd £3,906 4th £1,945 5th £978 6th £489
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 1.30s
  • Off time: 13:57:29

Full Result

13:55 Sandown Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Al Ferof (FR) P F Nicholls 6 11-2 R Walsh 4/11f
SP 4/11f In touch, tracked leading pair approaching 3rd, joined leader 10th, led 3 out, ridden and hard pressed flat, held on near finish opened 1/2 £400-£700 £800-£1500 £1000-£2000(x2) £500-£1000 £400-£800 £300-£600 £800-£1800(x2) £200-£450
2nd nk 3 For Non Stop (IRE) Nick Williams 6 11-2 N Fehily 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in touch, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd next, ridden to challenge and every chance flat, kept on, just held opened 12/1 £5000-£400
3rd 14 4 Lancetto (FR) Evan Williams 6 11-2 Paul Moloney 16/1
SP 16/1 Led, joined 10th, headed 3 out, lost 2nd next, kept on same pace, no chance with leading pair flat opened 14/1 touched 18/1 £8000-£500
4th 9 2 Eradicate (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-2 D Bass 9/1
SP 9/1 Held up in touch, not fluent 3rd and next, driven to chase leaders when blundered 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression from next opened 15/2
5th 4 5 Lidar (FR) A King 6 11-2 Charlie Huxley 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leader to 10th, driven and outpaced approaching 3 out, no impression from next opened 12/1
6th 5 7 Ultimate B Ellison 5 11-2 Danny Cook 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leading pair to before 3rd, soon lost place, 6th when blundered 9th, no danger after opened 14/1 £10000-£500
7th 34 6 Megastar G L Moore 6 11-2 Joshua Moore 40/1
SP 40/1 Always in rear, lost touch 7th, tailed off opened 33/1 £8000-£200

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.40 Tote Place £1.10 £2.40 Straight Forecast £4.98 Exacta £4.90 Swingers 1&2 £2.10, 2&3 £5.10, 1&3 £2.20

Jackpot £33,106.10, Pool: £46628.37, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot £21.80, Pool: £130523.61, 4362.92 winning tickets
Quadpot £9.70, Pool: £8757.63, 667.75 winning tickets

Analysis

A real humdinger of a finish as AL FEROF had to pull out all the stops to see off For Non Stop after the final fence. Paul Nicholls' grey appears to love jumping a fence, and despite being settled in midfield early, his fluent fencing took him closer to the pace all the time. He seemed a tad guessy at the middle Railway Fence but that's just being a bit petty, and all in all his jumping was great. Ruby Walsh kicked him several lengths clear turning for home but it became apparent that For Non Stop was tracking him through seemingly travelling as strongly. Al Ferof put in two swift jumps up the straight but was almost joined at the last, however he didn't shirk the fight and the grey (who stays well) continued to find more for pressure and in truth probably had things in hand at the line (seemed to idle a bit), despite just a neck separating the pair. His jumping is so good that the Arkle looks the perfect race for the Supreme Novices' winner, although given his stamina reserves, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him in the new Jewson race. Looking more short-term, connections may give him a break, with good ground deemed more suitable. For Non Stop ran a cracker in second, with Noel Fehily giving him a peach of a ride. Fehily has ridden the winner before and seemed keen to delay his challenge until late on. Despite not handling the Railway Fences with aplomb, he put in a fine leap at the last which took him almost alongside the leader. He couldn't get past, but lost nothing in defeat, and seemed to appreciate the drop back to two miles. He's got loads of talent and a race like the Grand Annual would appeal, although he wouldn't want to finish too close to these top horses when thinking of his handicap mark. The front two were miles clear from Lancetto, who ran a fine race from the front but was just outclassed. He in turn was clear of the rest and is certainly not one to take on when his sights are lowered on quicker ground. Eradicate doesn't look a natural over fences, and a bad mistake three out curtailed any minor chance he still held at the time, whilst Lidar was outpaced before the home turn but didn't run badly and looks like making up into a better chaser than he was a hurdler. Ultimate and Megastar found things too tough from a relatively early stage.