totesport.com Grand National Trial (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 3m 4f

  • (5yo+, 3m 4f, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005 5th £2,010 6th £1,005
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 42.19s
  • Off time: 15:20:58

Full Result

15:20 Haydock Park
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Silver By Nature Miss Lucinda V Russell 9 11-12 P Buchanan 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leaders on inner in 5th, went 2nd after 5 out, led before 4 out, clear approaching 2 out, stayed on strongly flat opened 9/1
2nd 15 9 Ballyfitz N A Twiston-Davies 11 10-10 b1 David England 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up mid-division, headway to go 3rd before 4 out, chased winner before last, no impression opened 16/1 touched 12/1 £3600-£200
3rd 6 8 Le Beau Bai (FR) R Lee 8 11-0 Jake Greenall (7) 15/2
SP 15/2 Held up mid-division, lost place and towards rear from 12th, soon outpaced, headway before 4 out, plugged on and went 3rd flat opened 8/1 touched 7/1
4th 3 Carruthers M Bradstock 8 11-11 Matt O'connor (5) 7/2f
SP 7/2f Disputed lead, led before 12th, headed approaching 4 out, chased winner until before last, weakened and lost 3rd place flat opened 5/1 £2000-£360 £2500-£500 £4000-£1000 £2000-£500(x4)
PU 13 Etxalar (FR) Miss Lucinda V Russell 8 10-3 C I Gillies 22/1
SP 22/1 Chased leaders on outer, lost place and mid-division before 7th, weakened before 13th, soon pulled up opened 25/1
PU 4 King Fontaine (IRE) J M Jefferson 8 11-5 G Lee 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, headway on outer approaching 14th, blundered 6 out, quickly pulled up before 5 out opened 9/1
PU 2 Madison Du Berlais (FR) D Pipe 10 11-12 b Danny Cook (3) 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up towards rear, headway after 12th, weakened from 14th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1 £10000-£300
PU 10 Major Malarkey (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 8 10-8 S Twiston-Davies (3) 8/1
SP 8/1 Chased leaders, weakened before 4 out, badly hampered next, pulled up before 2 out opened 9/1
PU 6 Mobaasher (USA) Miss V Williams 8 11-2 t Aidan Coleman 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up mid-division on inner, reminder before 8th and again after 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 14th opened 7/1
PU 7 Nicto De Beauchene (FR) V R A Dartnall 10 11-2 A Glassonbury 16/1
SP 16/1 Disputed lead until headed before 12th, hit next, ridden and weakened before 4 out, hampered next, pulled up before last opened 14/1
PU 12 Sarde (FR) K C Bailey 7 10-4 t S Quinlan 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up towards rear, pushed along after 12th, soon struggling, tailed off, soon pulled up opened 12/1
PU 11 Sound Accord (IRE) A M Hales 10 10-4 Felix De Giles 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up mid-division, reminders before 11th, weakened before 15th, tailed off, soon pulled up opened 50/1
PU 5 West End Rocker (IRE) A King 9 11-4 W Hutchinson 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up towards rear, headway to go mid-division approaching 14th, chased leaders 5 out, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 7/1
F 14 Jaunty Journey N A Twiston-Davies 8 10-2 p1 B Hughes 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders, ridden before and hit 4 out, in 5th and held when fell 3 out opened 40/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £10.60 Tote Place £3.00 £4.80 £3.00 Straight Forecast £133.64 Exacta £129.40 Trifecta £1,110.90 Swingers 1&2 £57.10, 2&3 £38.50, 1&3 £27.90

Jackpot £7,219.24 carried forward to Market Rasen, 20th Feb
Placepot £224.20, Pool: £115478.56, 375.88 winning tickets
Quadpot £111.90, Pool: £5712.32, 37.75 winning tickets

Analysis

A commanding performance from SILVER BY NATURE, as last-year's winner put in an improved showing to land this with hardly a moment's worry. The 6lb higher perch was no barrier, as held up just behind the leaders throughout, his jockey saved ground all the way round. He moved into third after the 14th fence, before taking the lead at the fourth last just after turning for home. He wasn't that great at the second from home but he was well in the clear by that point and proved his authority with a sterling jump at the final obstacle. He was generally halved in price for the Aintree spectacular, and whilst this race has not had a good recent record of pointing to the subsequent winner at Aintree (with the exception of Red Marauder in 2001 and Mon Mome in 2009), the feeling is that this trend could be bucked should the going turn soft. Whilst that might not be the likeliest of scenarios, if it were to occur, then his sound jumping would stand him in great stead. Ballyfitz is not always the most reliable of horses, but he put in a much improved effort in first-time blinkers. He was held-up in mid division for the majority of the race, the most patiently-ridden of the Nigel Twiston-Davies trio, but looked to be struggling when coming under pressure fairly early. However he answered all of his riders' urgings and after moving into third before the fourth-last, his chasing of the winner was ultimately in vain. Le Beau Bai did best of those coming from a long way off the pace, as his sketchy jumping didn't help his cause. Like Mobaasher, King Fontaine and Madison Du Berlais, he was shuffled back before half-way. However unlike those rivals, he stayed on really well for young Jake Greenall and may even have finished second were it not for a mistake at the second from home. He still ran on well to collar Carruthers for third, but never looked like picking up the top prize. Carruthers didn't deserve to finish out of the places, having made a lot of the running for his substitute pilot Matt O'Connor. He had Nicto De Beauchene for company early on, he continually out-jumped his rival before kicking on before the twelfth. He ultimately paid the price for his bold front-running display, as he was a tired horse turning in, but he's such a warrior that he still gave his all in the final 200 yards. These were the only four runners to finish, highlighting the gruelling nature of the race and the stamina-sapping ground. King Fontaine jumped poorly and was pulled-up after a bad mistake six out, West End Rocker made ground before the fifth last but weakened quickly in the home straight and was pulled-up before two out, whilst Mobaasher was never on a going day and was one of the first beaten; he might return to hurdles next time with more success. Jaunty Journey and stablemate Major Malarkey led the chasing group for a long way, but the former took a heavy fall three fences from home; he was beaten at the time but deserves plenty of credit for his effort. Sarde was towards the rear throughout and his jumping lacked fluency, whilst Madison Du Berlais looked dis-interested from an early stage and has surely now earned his retirement.