15:47 Downpatrick

Sunday 21 March 2021

All14:1014:4515:1715:4716:2216:5217:22

    Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase

  • 5YO plus  |   3m 4f 120y  |   Good to Yielding  |   15 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:48  |   Winning time: 7m 26.3s
1st
Horse silk
15
17/2
T: A L T MooreJ: D J O'Keeffe
Rear of mid-division, jumped big 2nd, 6th 3 out, progress to 4th 3 out, on terms next, soon pushed along to lead and 3 length lead last, ridden and stayed on well to go clear run-in op 15/2
2nd
Horse silk
9
10
710-13
50/1
T: C A McBratneyJ: D F O'Regan
Detached in rear early, not fluent 1st and briefly pushed along, progress before 3 out, pushed along and went 4th 2 out, ridden in 3rd after last and kept on one pace to go 2nd final 100 yards, no impression on winner op 33/1
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¼
14
910-6
16/1
T: M TorrensJ: B Browne (3)
Towards rear, pushed along at times, ridden and no impression approaching 2 out, stayed on into 5th at last, kept on one pace to go 3rd post op 18/1 tchd 14/1
4th
Horse silk
sh
12
10/1
T: S DoyleJ: B J Foley (5)
Mid-division on inner, 4th when mistake 9th, 3rd when not fluent 3 out, ridden and on terms next, headed before last and soon no impression, dropped to 3rd 100 yards out, lost 3rd post op 9/1
5th
Horse silk
2 ¾
2
17/2
T: G O'LoughlinJ: Mr Ben Harvey (7)
Mid-division, not fluent 5th, pushed along approaching 4 out, ridden and no impression in 6th approaching last, kept on one pace tchd 8/1 and tchd 12/1
6th
Horse silk
hd
13
12/1
T: P StaffordJ: P J O'Hanlon (7)
Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, soon no impression, moderate 8th at last, kept on one pace op 14/1
7th
Horse silk
11
3
28/1
T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan
Prominent, tracked leader until left in lead 3rd, ridden and strongly pressed approaching 2 out, headed and dropped to 3rd after 2 out, no extra from before last op 33/1 tchd 25/1
8th
Horse silk
½
8
15/2
T: P NolanJ: S D Torrens (5)
Prominent early, soon chased leaders, 5th when mistake 5 out, ridden when mistake 3 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace op 9/1 tchd 7/1
9th
Horse silk
6
7
15/2
T: Mrs D FosterJ: J C Gainford (7)
Prominent, tracked leaders, 2nd at 9th, not fluent next, ridden and lost place approaching 2 out, no extra tchd 13/2 and tchd 8/1
10th
Horse silk
7
4
12/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Chased leaders, 2nd after 4th, 3rd at 9th, ridden and no impression after 3 out tchd 14/1
11th
Horse silk
21
6
22/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: J J Slevin
Pushed along early and tracked leaders towards outer, slight mistake 8th, not fluent 11th, struggling towards rear when hampered 4 out, soon no extra, tailed off op 18/1
12th
Horse silk
8 ½
11
28/1
T: C BoweJ: R Deegan (5)
Chased leaders, mistake 1st, ridden and no impression approaching 3 out, tailed off op 18/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
1
811-10
22/1
T: R K WatsonJ: Derek McGrath (7)
Always towards rear, mistake 7th, ridden and lost touch from 10th, behind when pulled up before 12th op 16/1
F
Horse silk
5
11/4f
T: E BolgerJ: M P Walsh
Mid-division, pushed along after 5 out, towards rear and struggling when fell next op 5/2
UR
Horse silk
9
50/1
T: R K WatsonJ: B Hayes
Prominent, led after 2nd until mistake and unseated rider next op 40/1

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Non-Runners

17
Horse silk
Horendus Hulabaloo399
Weight: 10-2|  Age: 12
T: D M Christie  J: Reserve 2
NR
18
Horse silk
Fiveaftermidnight15
Weight: 10-1|  Age: 8
T: P J Rothwell  J: Reserve 3
NR
16
Horse silk
Classic Concorde7
Weight: 10-3|  Age: 8
T: A McNamara  J: Reserve 1
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£11.90Pl:£3.50, £11.00, £4.50EX:£430.50Trifecta:£0.00Tricast:£6,501.77SF:£384.56

Forecasts

Shady Operator (11/4), Fiveaftermidnight (6/1), Classic Concorde (6/1), Mon Lino (15/2), Kruzhlinin (15/2), Fag An Bealach (17/2), Space Cadet (17/2), Er Dancer (10/1), Dubai Devils (12/1), Nick Lost (12/1), Askann (16/1), High Sparrow (22/1), Amaulino (22/1), Dream Conti (28/1), Cushinstown Finest (28/1), Flinck (50/1), Frankly All Talk (50/1), Horendus Hulabaloo (50/1)

Verdict

SHADY OPERATOR is well treated on his best form over regulation fences and is taken to confirm recent Punchestown cross-country superiority over last year's winner Space Cadet, who looks primed for another bold bid. Amaulino has finished first and second in the last 2 runnings so is a must for the shortlist along with Kruzhlinin.

  1. SHADY OPERATOR (IRE)
  2. SPACE CADET (IRE)
  3. AMAULINO (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Space Cadet
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 10
25/1

Prize Money

1st: €30,000.002nd: €10,000.003rd: €5,000.004th: €2,500.005th: €1,500.006th: €1,000.00

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