Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132 5th £1,072 6th £536
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 49.70s
  • Off time: 13:54:05

Full Result

13:50 Sandown Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 5 Hinterland (FR) P F Nicholls 5 11-2 D A Jacob 13/2
SP 13/2 Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd steady headway 9th, tracking leading pair when hit 3 out, 2nd soon after 2 out, led between last 2, hung left under strong pressure flat, always holding on
2nd nk 4 Grandouet (FR) N J Henderson 6 11-2 B J Geraghty 11/4
SP 11/4 Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd travelling well 4 out, lost 2nd soon after 2 out, stayed on to 2nd again last, kept on under pressure flat, always just held opened 3/1
3rd 8 7 Taquin Du Seuil (FR) Jonjo O'Neill 6 11-2 A P McCoy 9/4f
SP 9/4f Took keen hold tracking leading trio, not fluent 7th (water), blundered and stumbled badly 9th, given time to recover, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd flat, no chance with leading duo opened 5/2 £1100-£400(x2) £5000-£2000 £2500-£1000(x2) £2000-£800 £1000-£400
4th 2 2 Claret Cloak (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 6 11-2 L Aspell 7/1
SP 7/1 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 opened 8/1 touched 13/2
5th 12 1 Balder Succes (FR) A King 5 11-2 R Thornton 7/2
SP 7/2 Tracked leader, led after 2nd, headed 4th, chased leader, mistake 8th, lost 2nd 4 out, chased leading pair until 3 out, weakened soon after, went right last opened 3/1 touched 4/1 £1500-£450
6th 8 6 Manyriverstocross (IRE) A King 8 11-2 D Elsworth 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up in last pair, mistake 8th, never on terms opened 12/1 £7000-£500
NR 3 De Faoithesdream (IRE) Evan Williams 7 11-2 Adam Wedge

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.40 Tote Place £2.40 £2.20 Straight Forecast £25.08 Exacta £28.90 Trifecta £77.50 Swingers 1&2 £3.30, 2&3 £1.80, 1&3 £3.20

Placepot £52.80, Pool: £117113.15, 1617.42 winning tickets
Quadpot £6.70, Pool: £10749.59, 1180.85 winning tickets

Analysis

A high-class and competitive renewal rather played into the hands of those ridden more patiently as Claret Cloak and Balder Succes took each other on at a relentless pace up front. The former's jumping held-up the better of the pair and there was a lot to like about his performance in defeat while Balder Succes is better judged on the form that he showed when winning at Chepstow and Warwick . While neither runner was seen at their best they would still have to improve to trouble the first three home in graded races further down the line with the third, Taquin Du Seuil, also worth marking up considerably. This was the first time that he has been asked to jump at pace and some understandable frailties were exposed in his fencing but both horse and jockey did well to keep the partnership intact at the Railway Fences and then to get back into contention in the run for home. Jonjo O'Neill had been keeping his cards close to his chest following Taquin Du Seuil's defeat of Oscar Whisky but owner Martin Broughton was more forthright in ruling out the Arkle with that race the plan for his Dodging Bullets. Paul Nicholls could certainly have a strong hand in March as Dodging Bullet's stablemate HINTERLAND looks the ideal type for the Arkle with a blend of speed and stamina. His trainer had revealed that the five year old had strengthened up considerably since he was runner-up in this race 12 months ago and it now looks best to put a line through his two runs post-Christmas of last year. His extra experience certainly stood him in good stead but this was an accomplished performance and he never really looked like relinquishing the lead despite the diminishing margin at the line. He is reportedly best fresh so may not be overraced between now and March. Nicky Henderson will be delighted with Grandouet after voicing his concerns about returning to a track where his smart hurdler (the highest rated in that sphere in the field) unseated at the last when challenging Hinterland. He jumped well in the main, battled back up the hill (something his detractors haven't always felt that he was capable of) and it's reasonable to expect him to have derived plenty of benefit from this performance; he looks a live player in this division. It will be fascinating to see where he turns up next with the Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton over Christmas likely to represent a suitable opportunity, providing that it doesn't come too soon. Manyriverstocross got the better of Claret Cloak at Exeter on his chase bow but never threatened to land a blow; this has to rate as disappointing but he's likely to prove better suited by a longer trip.