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

  • (5yo+, 4m 1f 110y, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £37,018 2nd £13,890 3rd £6,955 4th £3,464 5th £1,742 6th £871
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 8m 41.70s
  • Off time: 15:21:07

Full Result

15:20 Uttoxeter
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 14 Master Overseer (IRE) D Pipe 9 10-3 pt T Scudamore 11/1
SP 11/1 Led until 1st, with leader, led approaching 4 out, headed before 2 out, led again flat, very game effort opened 14/1
2nd ¾ 9 Major Malarkey (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 9 10-5 Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up in touch, not fluent 18th, went 3rd 5 out, hit 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching next, headed flat, held close home opened 12/1
3rd 16 10 Ballyfitz N A Twiston-Davies 12 10-4 p David England 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, jumped slowly 12th, hit 15th, mistake and outpaced 19th, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 3rd last, no chance with front pair opened 25/1
4th 2 13 Ballyfoy (IRE) G L Moore 11 10-3 b D C Costello 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-divison, headway 19th, soon ridden, outpaced from 5 out, plugged on from 2 out, went 4th after last, no impression opened 18/1
5th 9 3 Roalco De Farges (FR) P J Hobbs 7 10-11 R Johnson 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in mid-division, mistake 10th, not fluent 11th or 12th, headway 13th, not fluent 16th, outpaced from 5 out, went well held 3rd 2 out until blundered last, weakened flat opened 11/1
6th 4 17 Mohi Rahrere (IRE) B Leavy 9 10-0 Charlie Huxley (3) 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch, lost place when not fluent 11th, not fluent 13th, well held 5 out
7th 8 4 Connak (IRE) V R A Dartnall 10 10-10 D F O'Regan 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in mid-division, not fluent 14th, hit next, headway 19th, not fluent 5 out, weakened approaching 2 out, collapsed after line opened 16/1
8th 13 11 Chamirey (FR) D McCain Jnr 9 10-4 b Henry Brooke (3) 22/1
SP 22/1 Prominent, ridden and lost place before 5 out, soon weakened opened 28/1
9th 16 Posh Bird (IRE) P D Niven 9 10-0 Lucy Alexander (5) 5/1f
SP 5/1f In rear, hit 8th and 16th, ridden before 17th, always behind
10th 18 Hills Of Aran W K Goldsworthy 10 10-0 L Treadwell 66/1
SP 66/1 Not fluent and ridden along in rear 2nd, not fluent 7th or 8th, hit 10th, always behind opened 50/1
PU 12 Another Palm (IRE) N Meade 7 10-3 b P Carberry 7/1
SP 7/1 Held up in mid-division, ridden and not fluent 19th, behind when pulled up before 4 out opened 6/1
PU 15 Honourable Arthur (IRE) V R A Dartnall 9 10-3 (+1) p A Glassonbury 16/1
SP 16/1 Prominent, took keen hold, mistake 14th, not fluent next, lost place 17th, soon weakened, pulled up after
PU 7 Maringo Bay (IRE) C J Mann 7 10-7 N D Fehily 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, hit 18th, weakened 5 out, pulled up before next
PU 6 Mohayer (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 10 10-9 R P McLernon 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in rear, reached mid-division 19th, weakened approaching 4 out, jumped badly right 2 out, pulled up before last opened 8/1
PU 8 Mr Moss (IRE) Evan Williams 7 10-5 Paul Moloney 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up in rear, headway on outside 5 out, soon weakened, jumped badly right 2 out, pulled up before last
PU 1 Tamarinbleu (FR) D Pipe 12 11-12 p Tom Bellamy (10) 25/1
SP 25/1 With leader, led after 1st, headed approaching 4 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last opened 20/1
NR 2 Arbor Supreme (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 10 11-7 Maurice Linehan (7)
NR 5 Clash Duff (IRE) J Scott 7 10-9 Nick Scholfield

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £11.30 Tote Place £2.80,£2.80,£5.20,£3.60 Straight Forecast £151.12 Exacta £167.00 Trifecta £6002.70 Swingers 1&2:£54.40 2&3:£21.50 1&3:£61.10

Jackpot £139,548.66 carried forward to Newton Abbot, 18th Mar
Placepot £6,397.70, Pool: £191582.89, 21.86 winning tickets
Quadpot £317.40, Pool: £9479.4, 22.1 winning tickets


This was not quite as attritional as some past renewals with the race run on reasonable ground but still few got into the event and the outcome was going to be decided by the front two from three out. MASTER OVERSEER never really went a stride in the Welsh National over Christmas but this was much more like it as he showed a tremendous attitude to fight off the close attentions of Major Malarkey. The latter had a fractional advantage jumping the last but Tom Scudamore galvanised his mount on the run-in to pull ahead close home in gutsy fashion. Neither shirked the issue after such a long way but equally both had little to recommend them from their last outing which makes predicting the winner of these marathon staying races continually tricky. At just nine-years-old, the winner certainly has time on his side to be a player in this type of race down the line. You could not rely on the runner-up to repeat this, a statement that applies to third-place stablemate Ballyfitz, who stayed on from off the pace without every threatening. Ballyfoy plugged away from the mid-division and could break a lengthy losing streak over shorter if returned to a lower level while Roalco De Farges at least had a crack before fading on the run to the the second last. Tamarinbleu jumped well in the lead though he weakened quickly before the penultimate fence as the stamina ran out but Posh Bird was a big flop and never managed to raise much of a gallop. Perhaps she was feeling the effects of her big run in the Eider Chase at Newcastle last month as Lucy Alexander was rowing away from a very early stage. Locally trained Mohi Rahrere has been in good form but found this too far and had no more to give after a slight mistake three out. Mohayer was very tired when he jumped into the back of Posh Bird at the next fence having veered to his right and was pulled up soon after.