14:50 Chepstow

Thursday 27 December 2018

All12:3013:0513:3514:1014:5015:2515:55

Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Class 1  |   3m 5f 110y  |   Soft  |   20 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:50  |   Winning time: 7m 49.5s

1st
3
3/1f
T: C L TizzardJ: T J O'Brien
Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, went 2nd 5 out, led 3 out, driven flat, stayed on op 4/1
2nd
1 ¼
9
10/1
T: D PipeJ: David Noonan
Tracked leaders, lost a few places after 11th, closing when hit 16th, bad mistake 4 out, chased winner 2 out, stayed on, always just held tchd 11/1
3rd
4
2
811-11
12/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, led 17th, clear briefly before 5 out, headed 3 out, 3rd and held from 2 out, kept on op 16/1
4th
11
12
16/1
T: P BowenJ: S Bowen
Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5 out, 4th 4 out, unable to get on terms op 14/1
5th
8
10
25/1
T: G P CromwellJ: Conor Orr (5)
Rear of mid-division, ridden 17th, some headway 5 out, stayed on flat, nearest finish
6th
2 ¼
1
20/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Thomas Bellamy
In touch, mistake 15th, 6th on last bend, well held 5th 3 out, no impression op 16/1
7th
1
18
16/1
T: P GundryJ: James Best
Mid-division, ridden 12th, struggling 17th, kept on flat, no impression
8th
3 ¼
7
7/1
T: G ElliottJ: Mr J J Codd
In rear, pushed along 14th, kept on flat, no chance op 8/1
9th
sh
19
1010-4
50/1
T: M ScudamoreJ: Brendan Powell
Held up in mid-division, ridden and behind 15th, kept on flat, never dangerous
10th
18
11
1110-11
33/1
T: R H BucklerJ: Sean Houlihan (5)
Held up in mid-division, headway after 6th, mistake 8th, 5th on last bend, mistake 5 out, weakened after

Also Ran

PU
4
33/1
T: N J HendersonJ: D A Jacob
Mid-division, headway 3rd, lost place after 6th, well beaten 17th, pulled up before 5 out op 25/1
PU
5
8/1
T: Mrs S J SmithJ: Danny Cook
Tracked leader until after 6th, pushed along before 15th, blundered badly next, soon beaten, well held after 17th, soon pulled up tchd 15/2
PU
6
12/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Led, not fluent 16th, mistake and headed 17th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up
PU
8
20/1
T: Ross O'SullivanJ: M A Enright
Mid-division, slow 9th, not fluent 10th, struggling after, tailed off 17th, well beaten 5 out, soon pulled up op 16/1
PU
13
12/1
T: Tim VaughanJ: Alan Johns
Towards rear, mistakes 5th and 6th, not fluent 7th, well beaten 17th, not fluent 5 out, pulled up after
PU
14
12/1
T: David DennisJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Tracked leaders, jumped right 11th, weakened before 5 out, pulled up after tchd 14/1
PU
15
100/1
T: Mrs S LeechJ: M G Nolan
Always well behind, pulled up before 5 out
PU
16
25/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: R T Dunne
Mid-division, mistake 16th, headway 5 out, no impression, well beaten 3 out, pulled up after op 20/1
PU
17
25/1
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
Held up towards rear, headway 12th, pressing for 5th 5 out, soon weakened, well beaten 3 out, pulled up after tchd 20/1
PU
20
25/1
T: P W MiddletonJ: James Bowen
Chased leaders, mistake and lost place 2nd, well beaten from 17th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up after

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Betting

Forecast

Elegant Escape (3/1), Folsom Blue (7/1), Vintage Clouds (8/1), Ramses De Teillee (10/1), Yala Enki (12/1), Vieux Lion Rouge (12/1), Final Nudge (12/1), Looksnowtlikebrian (12/1), Rons Dream (16/1), Dawson City (16/1), Ballyoptic (20/1), Baie Des Iles (20/1), Raz De Maree (25/1), Jennys Surprise (25/1), Holly Bush Henry (25/1), Kansas City Chief (25/1), Regal Flow (33/1), Vyta Du Roc (33/1), Mysteree (50/1), Lieutenant Colonel (100/1)

Verdict
Elegant Escape seems sure to go well having run a blinder at Newbury last time and looks fairly handicapped, but in a race where a decent case can be made for the majority of runners FINAL NUDGE is fancied to improve on his good third in this race last year. He goes well fresh and has Sam Twiston-Davies doing the steering. Top weight Ballyoptic is a class act and cannot be ruled out, nor can the likes of Vintage Clouds, Vieux Lion Rouge and Looksnowtlikebrian. Kansas City Chief and Irish raider Folsom Blue are others worth considering.
  1. Final Nudge
  2. Elegant Escape
  3. Looksnowtlikebrian

Previous Winners

2017
Raz De Maree
Weight: 11-1  |Age: 13
Weight: 11-1  |  
Age: 13  |  
J: James Bowen
  |  
T: G P Cromwell
16/1
Prize Money
1st:
£85,425.00
2nd:
£32,055.00
3rd:
£16,050.00
4th:
£7,995.00
5th:
£4,020.00
6th:
£2,010.00

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