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16:05 Friday 08 April 2022

RANDOX TOPHAM HANDICAP CHASE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 2m 5f 19y (Nat)
Prize : £84,195 Age : 5yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Good
Race Type : Chase
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Sean Bowen silk 23. MAC TOTTIE 23. MAC TOTTIE -18 <
140+
123 Sean Bowen 9 10-0 8/19 8/19
Sean Bowen silk bg MIDNIGHT LEGEND - TOT OF THE KNAR KAYF TARA J: Sean Bowen
T: Peter Bowen
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 Eq: (t) OR: 135
Peter Bowen (t) (135)
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was back down to the same mark as when winning the Grand Sefton here in November and, strong in the betting, took full advantage to better his trainer's already excellent record in this race - indeed, the Bowen yard has now saddled 6 winners (7 if Dineur's 2017 Foxhunters' win is included) over these fences; in touch early, lost place before halfway, rapid headway on bridle between 3 out and 2 out, quickened to lead approaching last, driven out.
in touch early, lost place before halfway, headway on bit between 3 out and 2 out, quickened to lead approaching last, driven out
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2 2 Adam Wedge silk 25. BATCIO (FR) 25. BATCIO (FR) -9 <
136?
119 Adam Wedge 10 10-0 (9-13) 25/126 25/126
Adam Wedge silk grg MONTMARTRE (FR) - BESCA NUEVA (FR) LESOTHO (USA) J: Adam Wedge
T: T. M. Walsh, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) OR: 135
T. M. Walsh, Ireland (135)
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back under a fully-fledged rider, seemed to excel himself from 1 lb out of the handicap tackling these fences for the first time; mid-division, jumped fluently, crept closer from halfway, challenged between last 2, kept on.
mid-division, jumped fluently, crept closer from halfway, challenged between last 2, kept on
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3 3 D. E. Mullins silk 6 5. ANNAMIX (FR) 5. ANNAMIX (FR) <
149
-27 > 132 D. E. Mullins 9 11-5 50/151 50/151
D. E. Mullins silk grg MARTALINE - TASHTIYANA (IRE) DOYOUN J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (t) OR: 154
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (t) (154)
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returned to form from out of the blue tackling these fences for the first time; handy, jumped fine, every chance 2 out, kept on; remains to be seen if able to back this up returned to conventional fences.
handy, every chance 2 out, kept on
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4 4 Brendan Powell silk 22. FRANCKY DU BERLAIS (FR) 22. FRANCKY DU BERLAIS (FR) -29 <
126
+13 > 109 Brendan Powell 9 10-0 28/129 28/129
Brendan Powell silk bg SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) - LEGENDE DU LUY (FR) BONNET ROUGE (FR) J: Brendan Powell
T: Peter Bowen
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 Eq: (t) OR: 135
Peter Bowen (t) (135)
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has coped okay with these fences twice now and is potentially well handicapped if able to build on this; mid-division, in contention entering straight, stayed on for fourth run-in.
mid-division, in contention entering straight, stayed on run-in
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5 5 Harry Skelton silk 21. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE) 21. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE) +8 <
125+
108 Harry Skelton 10 10-1 14/115 14/115
Harry Skelton silk bg DARSI (FR) - LUCY WALTERS (IRE) KING'S RIDE J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-1 Eq: (s) OR: 136
Dan Skelton (s) (136)
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shaped similarly to last time, again faring by far the best of those held up in a race which didn't suit such tactics - he should remain competitive off this sort of mark; dropped out, took a bit of time to warm to his task tackling these fences for the first time, still plenty to do Canal Turn, rapid headway between 3 out and 2 out, plugged on latter stages.
dropped out, still off pace Canal Turn, rapid headway between 3 out and 2 out, plugged on latter stages
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6 6 Connor Brace silk 6 30. PINK EYED PEDRO 30. PINK EYED PEDRO H <
118
+6 > 101 Connor Brace 11 10-0 (9-11) 25/126 25/126
Connor Brace silk bg DR MASSINI (IRE) - POACHER'S PADDY (IRE) JURADO (USA) J: Connor Brace
T: David Brace
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-0 (9-11) Eq: (s+t) OR: 135
David Brace (s+t) (135)
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was runner-up in last year's renewal and gave it another good go on his first try over the fences since, from 3 lb out of the handicap, shaping as if back in form; mid-division, in contention from halfway, went second 4 out, faded run-in.
mid-division, in contention from halfway, went 2nd 4 out, faded run-in
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7 7 Daryl Jacob silk 2 11. JANIKA (FR) 11. JANIKA (FR) <
124+
107 Daryl Jacob 9 10-8 25/126 25/126
Daryl Jacob silk bg SADDLER MAKER (IRE) - MAJAKA (FR) KAPGARDE (FR) J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (b+t) OR: 143
Nicky Henderson (b+t) (143)
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was rather lit up by first-time blinkers and shaped better than the distance beaten suggests after 10 weeks off; prominent, jumped well in main (fourth in 2019 renewal), led from fifth, clear Becher's Brook, reduced advantage when blundered 5 out, headed between last 2, no extra.
prominent, largely jumped well, led from 5th, clear Becher's, reduced advantage when blundered 5 out, headed between last 2, no extra
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8 8 A. P. Heskin silk 9. SENIOR CITIZEN 9. SENIOR CITIZEN +12 <
117
100 A. P. Heskin 9 10-8 11/112 11/112
A. P. Heskin silk bg TOBOUGG (IRE) - MOTHERS HELP RELIEF PITCHER J: A. P. Heskin
T: Alan King
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 143
Alan King (143)
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had been placed on both previous tries over the fences but ran rather a flat race on this occasion; in touch, mistake seventh, ridden after 4 out, never dangerous after.
in touch, mistake 7th, ridden after 4 out, never dangerous
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9 9 Jonjo O'Neill Jr. silk 14. PALMERS HILL (IRE) 14. PALMERS HILL (IRE) <
115
98 Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 9 10-7 18/119 18/119
Jonjo O'Neill Jr. silk bg GOLD WELL - TOSCA SHINE (IRE) TOPANOORA J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 142
Jonjo O'Neill (142)
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was below form after 11 weeks off, his progress having seemingly stalled after such a promising start to the campaign; hampered 5 out, never better than mid-field.
hampered 5 out, never better than mid-field
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10 10 J. W. Kennedy silk 5 3. BATTLEOVERDOYEN (IRE) 3. BATTLEOVERDOYEN (IRE) +28 <
125
> 108 J. W. Kennedy 9 11-8 33/134 33/134
J. W. Kennedy silk bg DOYEN (IRE) - BATTLE OVER (FR) SILLERY (USA) J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-8 Eq: (t) OR: 157
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (t) (157)
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coped fine with the fences but again made little impact in competitive handicap company; waited with, some headway Valentine's, one paced straight.
waited with, some headway Valentine's, one paced straight
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11 11 Tom Bellamy silk ¾ 7. KILLER CLOWN (IRE) 7. KILLER CLOWN (IRE) +31 <
115?
98 Tom Bellamy 8 10-13 20/121 20/121
Tom Bellamy silk bg GETAWAY (GER) - OUR SOIREE (IRE) MILAN J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (t) OR: 148
Emma Lavelle (t) (148)
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is probably too high in the weights now and was well held tackling these fences for the first time; mid-division, challenged briefly early in straight, weakened soon after (this trip possibly stretches him).
mid-division, challenged briefly straight, weakened soon after
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12 12 Richie McLernon silk 18. REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 18. REGAL ENCORE (IRE) +35 <
104?
87 Richie McLernon 14 10-4 66/167 66/167
Richie McLernon silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - GO ON EILEEN (IRE) BOB BACK (USA) J: Richie McLernon
T: Anthony Honeyball
Age: 14 Wgt: 10-4 Eq: (t) OR: 139
Anthony Honeyball (t) (139)
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twice ran okay in the Grand National in his younger days but, understandably given his age, found this shorter trip all against him, outpaced from some way out.
mid-division, outpaced from some way out, never dangerous
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13 13 Kielan Woods silk ½ 16. RIDERS ONTHE STORM (IRE) 16. RIDERS ONTHE STORM (IRE) <
105
88 Kielan Woods 9 10-5 33/134 33/134
Kielan Woods silk brg SCORPION (IRE) - ENDLESS MOMENTS (IRE) SADDLERS' HALL (IRE) J: Kielan Woods
T: Richard Hobson
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (t) OR: 140
Richard Hobson (t) (140)
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continues out of sorts; mid-division, clouted eighth, mistake again next, lost touch soon after (already held when hampered 5 out).
mid-division, bad mistake 8th, mistake again next, lost touch soon after, held when hampered 5 out
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14 14 Nick Scholfield silk 26. FIVE STAR GETAWAY (IRE) 26. FIVE STAR GETAWAY (IRE) +15 <
94?
77 Nick Scholfield 8 10-0 (9-12) 11/112 11/112
Nick Scholfield silk bg GETAWAY (GER) - HAPENEY (IRE) SADDLERS' HALL (IRE) J: Nick Scholfield
T: Christian Williams
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-0 (9-12) OR: 135
Christian Williams (135)
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wasn't seen to best effect and is better judged on his previous form; mid-division, behind from before halfway, left poorly placed.
mid-division, behind from before halfway
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15 15 E. Walsh silk 9 13. SNUGSBOROUGH HALL (IRE) 13. SNUGSBOROUGH HALL (IRE) H (118) <
92+
+37 > 75 E. Walsh (3) 11 10-7 33/134 33/134
E. Walsh silk bg BENEFICIAL - SADDLERS ARC (IRE) SADDLERS' HALL (IRE) J: E. Walsh (3)
T: Liam P. Cusack, Ireland
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (h) OR: 142
Liam P. Cusack, Ireland (h) (142)
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never looked like repeating last year's fourth place, his trademark waiting tactics very much counting against him this time; dropped out, badly hampered ninth, hampered again 5 out, never involved.
dropped out, badly hampered 9th, hampered again 5 out, never dangerous
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16 16 Nico de Boinville silk 3 15. MISTER COFFEY (FR) 15. MISTER COFFEY (FR) +50 <
88+
71 Nico de Boinville 7 10-6 5/16f 5/16f
Nico de Boinville silk bg AUTHORIZED (IRE) - MAMITADOR ANABAA (USA) J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-6 OR: 141
Nicky Henderson (141)
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was strong in the betting but didn't give his supporters much of a run for their money tackling these fences for the first time; waited with, mistake Becher's Brook, never going well after.
waited with, mistake Becher's, never going well after
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17 17 Tom Scudamore silk 13 20. VIA DOLOROSA (FR) 20. VIA DOLOROSA (FR) <
71
> 54 Tom Scudamore 10 10-2 33/134 33/134
Tom Scudamore silk bg KONIG SHUFFLE (GER) - MILLIE HURLEY (FR) GREEN TUNE (USA) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-2 Eq: (b+t) OR: 137
David Pipe (b+t) (137)
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was below form after just 6 days off, an uncharacteristically clumsy display largely to blame; mid-division, took closer order before halfway, clouted eighth, mistake Becher's Brook, blundered again Canal Turn, hit 3 out, dropped away straight.
mid-division, took closer order before halfway, bad mistake 8th, mistake Becher's, blundered again Canal Turn, hit 3 out, dropped away straight
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18 18 Robbie Power silk 7 4. SIZING POTTSIE (FR) 4. SIZING POTTSIE (FR) +70 <
82
65 Robbie Power 8 11-6 28/129 28/129
Robbie Power silk b or brg KAPGARDE (FR) - LINE SALSA (FR) KINGSALSA (USA) J: Robbie Power
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-6 Eq: (t) OR: 155
Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland (t) (155)
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has now made little impact on both goes in large-field handicaps on British soil; handy, blundered ninth, lost touch from halfway.
handy, blundered 9th, lost touch from halfway
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F F Sam Twiston-Davies silk 27. MORNING VICAR (IRE) 27. MORNING VICAR (IRE) <
+
> Sam Twiston-Davies 9 10-0 (9-12) 50/151 50/151
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg BENEFICIAL - MARY'S LITTLE VIC (IRE) OLD VIC J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 (9-12) OR: 135
Nicky Henderson (135)
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lasted 2 fences longer than in 2021 and was shaping okay from 2 lb out of the weights when he went; mid-division, in touch when fell heavily 5 out.
mid-division, in touch when fell 5 out
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F F Jonathan Moore silk 8. FOXY JACKS (IRE) 8. FOXY JACKS (IRE) <
> Jonathan Moore 8 10-9 20/121 20/121
Jonathan Moore silk bg FAME AND GLORY - BENEFIT BALL (IRE) BENEFICIAL J: Jonathan Moore
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s) OR: 144
M. F. Morris, Ireland (s) (144)
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was again let down by his jumping, which is increasingly becoming a reason to avoid him; in touch, hit eighth, fell heavily next.
in touch, hit 8th, fell 9th
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ur ur William Kennedy silk 29. COBOLOBO (FR) 29. COBOLOBO (FR) <
+
William Kennedy 10 10-0 (9-11) 80/181 80/181
William Kennedy silk brg MARESCA SORRENTO (FR) - NANOU DES BROSSES (FR) SAINT CYRIEN (FR) J: William Kennedy
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-0 (9-11) Eq: (s+t) OR: 135
Jonjo O'Neill (s+t) (135)
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wasn't to blame for his exit, though it's doubtful he'd have made any impact given the marked change of tactics; raced well off the pace, still well behind when hampered and unseated ninth.
behind, behind when hampered and unseated 9th
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ur ur James Bowen silk 19. FANTASTIC LADY (FR) 19. FANTASTIC LADY (FR) <
?
James Bowen 7 10-2 14/115 14/115
James Bowen silk bm NETWORK (GER) - LATITUDE (FR) KADALKO (FR) J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-2 OR: 137
Nicky Henderson (137)
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didn't last long tackling these fences for the first time, unseating rider in a rather soft incident at the first.
in touch when unseated rider 1st
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ur ur Rachael Blackmore silk 2. NOTEBOOK (GER) 2. NOTEBOOK (GER) <
> Rachael Blackmore 9 11-10 28/129 28/129
Rachael Blackmore silk bg SAMUM (GER) - NOVA (GER) WINGED LOVE (IRE) J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (t) OR: 159
Henry de Bromhead, Ireland (t) (159)
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is unproven over this far and (not for the first time) also got worked up beforehand but seems simply to be operating below best at present; prominent, jumped fine, weakened from 3 out, well held when unseated rider 2 out.
prominent, weakened from 3 out, held when unseated rider 2 out
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bd bd Jack Tudor silk 28. COLORADO DOC 28. COLORADO DOC H <
+
Jack Tudor 11 10-0 (9-11) 40/141 40/141
Jack Tudor silk bg DR MASSINI (IRE) - FIRST ROYAL (GER) LANDO (GER) J: Jack Tudor
T: David Brace
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-0 (9-11) OR: 135
David Brace (135)
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again shaped as if in reasonable heart prior to his luckless exit; mid-division, pecked The Chair, not fluent eighth, yet to make a move but going okay when brought down next.
mid-division, pecked Chair, not fluent 8th, not yet ridden when brought down 9th
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bd bd S. F. O'Keeffe silk 10. DISCORDANTLY (IRE) 10. DISCORDANTLY (IRE) <
+
> S. F. O'Keeffe 8 10-8 33/134 33/134
S. F. O'Keeffe silk bg SALUTINO (GER) - COLLINSTOWN QUEEN (IRE) KING'S RIDE J: S. F. O'Keeffe
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (s) OR: 143
Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland (s) (143)
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can have a line put through this run; in touch, short of room first, brought down ninth.
in touch, short of room 1st, brought down 9th
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pu pu Brian Hughes silk 24. MISTER WHITAKER (IRE) 24. MISTER WHITAKER (IRE) <
?
Brian Hughes 10 10-0 (9-13) 50/151 50/151
Brian Hughes silk bg COURT CAVE (IRE) - BENBRADAGH VARD (IRE) LE BAVARD (FR) J: Brian Hughes
T: Donald McCain
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) Eq: (t) OR: 135
Donald McCain (t) (135)
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has become disappointing, in a first-time tongue strap here; raced wide, mid-division, bad mistake seventh, never dangerous after (well held when pulled up early in straight).
mid-division, bad mistake 7th, never dangerous
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pu pu Harry Cobden silk 12. TAMAROC DU MATHAN (FR) 12. TAMAROC DU MATHAN (FR) <
+
> Harry Cobden 7 10-7 28/129 28/129
Harry Cobden silk bg POLIGLOTE - THISBEE DU MATHAN (FR) TURGEON (USA) J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (t) OR: 142
Paul Nicholls (t) (142)
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isn't the easiest to assess at present but he can have a line put through this run; in touch, jumped fine, badly hampered ninth, hampered again 5 out, not recover (eventually pulled up early in straight).
in touch, badly hampered 9th, hampered again 5 out, not recover
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pu pu Sean Quinlan silk 6. WINDSOR AVENUE (IRE) 6. WINDSOR AVENUE (IRE) <
Sean Quinlan 10 11-1 50/151 50/151
Sean Quinlan silk bg WINGED LOVE (IRE) - ZAFFARELLA (IRE) ZAFFARAN (USA) J: Sean Quinlan
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-1 Eq: (b) OR: 150
Brian Ellison (b) (150)
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seemed to hate every second of this first try over the National fences; soon behind, early reminders, not fluent, pulled up Becher's Brook.
soon behind, early reminders, not fluent, pulled up Becher's
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pu pu P. Townend silk 1. ROYAL RENDEZVOUS (IRE) 1. ROYAL RENDEZVOUS (IRE) <
> P. Townend 10 11-12 8/19 8/19
P. Townend silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - NOVACELLA (FR) BEYSSAC (FR) J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-12 Eq: (h) OR: 161
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (h) (161)
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was the first string of the yard which had won the last 2 renewals of this race but he failed to meet expectations after 5 months off; led until fifth, chance-ending mistake seventh, behind when pulled up early in straight.
led until 5th, bad mistake 7th, behind when pulled up straight
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Non Runners: ROMAIN DE SENAM (FR). Fences: 18.

Winning Owner: Steve & Jackie Fleetham

Time: 5m 25.2s Closing Sectional: (6.28f): 92.90s (104.2%)

Overrounds: Industry SP 137%, Betfair SP 103.1%

The 'Aintree factor' isn't anything like the influence it once was when it comes to the Grand National, particularly since the fences were modified 10 years ago, but it was very much in evidence here, with 4 of the first 8 home all having reached the frame at least once previously over the course.

MAC TOTTIE was back down to the same mark as when winning the Grand Sefton here in November and, strong in the betting, took full advantage to better his trainer's already excellent record in this race - indeed, the Bowen yard has now saddled 6 winners (7 if Dineur's 2017 Foxhunters' win is included) over these fences; in touch early, lost place before halfway, rapid headway on bridle between 3 out and 2 out, quickened to lead approaching last, driven out.

BATCIO (FR) back under a fully-fledged rider, seemed to excel himself from 1 lb out of the handicap tackling these fences for the first time; mid-division, jumped fluently, crept closer from halfway, challenged between last 2, kept on.

ANNAMIX (FR) returned to form from out of the blue tackling these fences for the first time; handy, jumped fine, every chance 2 out, kept on; remains to be seen if able to back this up returned to conventional fences.

FRANCKY DU BERLAIS (FR) has coped okay with these fences twice now and is potentially well handicapped if able to build on this; mid-division, in contention entering straight, stayed on for fourth run-in.

SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE) shaped similarly to last time, again faring by far the best of those held up in a race which didn't suit such tactics - he should remain competitive off this sort of mark; dropped out, took a bit of time to warm to his task tackling these fences for the first time, still plenty to do Canal Turn, rapid headway between 3 out and 2 out, plugged on latter stages.

PINK EYED PEDRO was runner-up in last year's renewal and gave it another good go on his first try over the fences since, from 3 lb out of the handicap, shaping as if back in form; mid-division, in contention from halfway, went second 4 out, faded run-in.

JANIKA (FR) was rather lit up by first-time blinkers and shaped better than the distance beaten suggests after 10 weeks off; prominent, jumped well in main (fourth in 2019 renewal), led from fifth, clear Becher's Brook, reduced advantage when blundered 5 out, headed between last 2, no extra.

SENIOR CITIZEN had been placed on both previous tries over the fences but ran rather a flat race on this occasion; in touch, mistake seventh, ridden after 4 out, never dangerous after.

PALMERS HILL (IRE) was below form after 11 weeks off, his progress having seemingly stalled after such a promising start to the campaign; hampered 5 out, never better than mid-field.

BATTLEOVERDOYEN (IRE) coped fine with the fences but again made little impact in competitive handicap company; waited with, some headway Valentine's, one paced straight.

KILLER CLOWN (IRE) is probably too high in the weights now and was well held tackling these fences for the first time; mid-division, challenged briefly early in straight, weakened soon after (this trip possibly stretches him).

REGAL ENCORE (IRE) twice ran okay in the Grand National in his younger days but, understandably given his age, found this shorter trip all against him, outpaced from some way out.

RIDERS ONTHE STORM (IRE) continues out of sorts; mid-division, clouted eighth, mistake again next, lost touch soon after (already held when hampered 5 out).

FIVE STAR GETAWAY (IRE) wasn't seen to best effect and is better judged on his previous form; mid-division, behind from before halfway, left poorly placed.

SNUGSBOROUGH HALL (IRE) never looked like repeating last year's fourth place, his trademark waiting tactics very much counting against him this time; dropped out, badly hampered ninth, hampered again 5 out, never involved.

MISTER COFFEY (FR) was strong in the betting but didn't give his supporters much of a run for their money tackling these fences for the first time; waited with, mistake Becher's Brook, never going well after.

VIA DOLOROSA (FR) was below form after just 6 days off, an uncharacteristically clumsy display largely to blame; mid-division, took closer order before halfway, clouted eighth, mistake Becher's Brook, blundered again Canal Turn, hit 3 out, dropped away straight.

SIZING POTTSIE (FR) has now made little impact on both goes in large-field handicaps on British soil; handy, blundered ninth, lost touch from halfway.

MORNING VICAR (IRE) lasted 2 fences longer than in 2021 and was shaping okay from 2 lb out of the weights when he went; mid-division, in touch when fell heavily 5 out.

FOXY JACKS (IRE) was again let down by his jumping, which is increasingly becoming a reason to avoid him; in touch, hit eighth, fell heavily next.

COBOLOBO (FR) wasn't to blame for his exit, though it's doubtful he'd have made any impact given the marked change of tactics; raced well off the pace, still well behind when hampered and unseated ninth.

FANTASTIC LADY (FR) didn't last long tackling these fences for the first time, unseating rider in a rather soft incident at the first.

NOTEBOOK (GER) is unproven over this far and (not for the first time) also got worked up beforehand but seems simply to be operating below best at present; prominent, jumped fine, weakened from 3 out, well held when unseated rider 2 out.

COLORADO DOC again shaped as if in reasonable heart prior to his luckless exit; mid-division, pecked The Chair, not fluent eighth, yet to make a move but going okay when brought down next.

DISCORDANTLY (IRE) can have a line put through this run; in touch, short of room first, brought down ninth.

MISTER WHITAKER (IRE) has become disappointing, in a first-time tongue strap here; raced wide, mid-division, bad mistake seventh, never dangerous after (well held when pulled up early in straight).

TAMAROC DU MATHAN (FR) isn't the easiest to assess at present but he can have a line put through this run; in touch, jumped fine, badly hampered ninth, hampered again 5 out, not recover (eventually pulled up early in straight).

WINDSOR AVENUE (IRE) seemed to hate every second of this first try over the National fences; soon behind, early reminders, not fluent, pulled up Becher's Brook.

ROYAL RENDEZVOUS (IRE) was the first string of the yard which had won the last 2 renewals of this race but he failed to meet expectations after 5 months off; led until fifth, chance-ending mistake seventh, behind when pulled up early in straight.