Betfred Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950 5th £3,990 6th £1,995 7th £990 8th £510
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places at fences 13 and 14)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 26.60s
  • Off time: 15:09:53

Full Result

15:05 Aintree
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Follow The Plan (IRE) O McKiernan 9 11-7 p1 T Doyle 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up in touch on inside, smooth headway to track leaders 4 out, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, 4 lengths clear last, kept on
2nd 3 1 Burton Port (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-7 A P McCoy 4/1
SP 4/1 Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, rallied on outside between last 2, stayed on flat, not reach winner £2400-£600 £2000-£500
3rd nk 5 Hunt Ball (IRE) K Burke 7 11-7 Nick Scholfield 6/1
SP 6/1 Tracked leaders, hit 12th, went 2nd 14th, ridden and outpaced 2 out, 4 lengths down last, soon lost 2nd, kept on flat opened 11/2
4th nse 7 Medermit (FR) A King 8 11-7 R Thornton 5/1
SP 5/1 Tracked leaders on inside, blundered 13th, 5th and outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, switched right after last, rallied flat opened 11/2
5th 8 Nacarat (FR) T R George 11 11-7 t P J Brennan 10/1
SP 10/1 Led to 3rd, tracked leader, led again 10th, hit 13th, ridden and headed between last 2, weakened flat opened 12/1 £6000-£500
6th 6 Master Of The Hall (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-7 A Tinkler 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up behind in touch, chased leaders after 4 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, no impression opened 16/1
7th 11 What A Friend P F Nicholls 9 11-7 b R Walsh 9/1
SP 9/1 Mid-division, blundered 15th, outpaced 4 out, never able to challenge opened 7/1
8th 14 10 Roberto Goldback (IRE) D T Hughes 10 11-7 v1 B J Cooper 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, struggling 13th, behind when mistake 15th, no danger after opened 66/1
9th 27 2 Carruthers M Bradstock 9 11-7 bt Matthew Batchelor 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leader, led 3r to 10th, chased leader, lost place 14th, weakened before 3 out
PU 3 Diamond Harry Nick Williams 9 11-7 N Fehily 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, lost place 11th, soon struggling, behind when pulled up before next opened 14/1
PU 9 Riverside Theatre N J Henderson 8 11-7 B J Geraghty 7/2f
SP 7/2f Mid-division on outside, pushed along from 7th, lost place 12th, pulled up before next £4500-£1000 £4000-£1000(x4) £2000-£500(x2) £1600-£400

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £51.10 Tote Place £8.90 £1.50 £2.10 Straight Forecast £238.35 Exacta £369.20 Trifecta £3,139.80 Swingers 1&2 £21.80, 2&3 £6.70, 1&3 £42.60

Jackpot £38,079.25 carried forward to Aintree, 13th Apr
Placepot £392.10, Pool: £382521.38, 712.07 winning tickets
Quadpot £206.50, Pool: £15884.69, 56.92 winning tickets

Analysis

A race that fell apart at the seams and a shock result but not an undeserved one. FOLLOW THE PLAN was a dual grade one winner, had finished third in the 2011 renewal to Nacarat and a fair fourth in this season's Irish Hennessy. He was given a sensible ride by the under-rated Tom Doyle, creeping gradually into contention and was there to pick up the pieces as the more fancied runners fell by the wayside. He will now head to Punchestown in defence of his Guiness Gold Cup crown having been a slightly fortuitous 20-1 winner last May. Nacarat's connections must have been left rueing the recent rain as the gallant grey would surely have gone much closer on his favoured top of the ground but this was another honourable run. Burton Port's second place owed much to the considerable talents, not to mention determination, of his jockey as the Gold Cup fourth never looked to be travelling and appeared more likely to pull-up for the majority of the contest. He's had a couple of hard runs after a year out and has surely done enough for the season. Hunt Ball was the only one of the market leaders to travel with any zest but his stamina ebbed away in the closing stages and he was all out to hold on for third. This has been a quite remarkable campaign for the seven year old who was rated just 69 when winning in September. He's entitled to strengthen up a little more as he matures but, on this evidence, the Ryanair Chase would appear to be the obvious long-term objective for next season. Medermit also had his stamina to prove at this trip and is worth another crack at it as he didn't move through the race as well as he can and may have been feeling the effects of that epic duel in the Ryanair. He made a couple of mistakes but kept coming back for more and his attitude and consistency may yet see him pick up a decent prize. Master Of The Hall had it to prove in this level and never looked like playing a part but he did keep on through beaten horses and will find easier opportunities than this. 2010 winner What A Friend would have preferred quicker ground but still had enough form to his name under similar conditions to have been expected to have fared better given the way the race panned out. He appeared to hold every chance until backing out of it very quickly after a mistake and this quirky sort seemingly didn't fancy digging too deeply into his reserves. Diamond Harry continues to disappoint and it remains to be seen if something comes to light; connections have referred to him as an 'autumn' horse in the past and, although his victories are well spread out, his best performances have been before the turn of the year. The major disappointment of the race was Riverside Theatre who was expected to appreciate this step up in distance but was soon pulled up. While, this can easily be put down to the hard race he had at Cheltenham it's worth a cautionary note in the back of the mind that he hardly went a yard that day either (something that was put down to the track). His jockey later reported that the gelding was never travelling.