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16:05 Saturday 21 April 2018

CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 3m 7f 176y
Prize : £122,442 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 Adam Wedge silk 22. JOE FARRELL (IRE) 22. JOE FARRELL (IRE) +1 <
139
> -24 133 Adam Wedge 9 10-6 33/134 33/134
Adam Wedge silk bg PRESENTING - LUCK OF THE DEISE (IRE) OLD VIC J: Adam Wedge
T: Rebecca Curtis
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-6 OR: 135
Rebecca Curtis (135)
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presumably benefited from the hike in distance as he defied an 11 lb rise for Newbury with an improved showing to land comfortably the most valuable success of his career, providing his yard with a very rare bright spot in an otherwise poor season; in touch, travelled smoothly, not fluent nineteenth, twenty-first, produced to lead 4 out, just held on from one that came from much further back.
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2 2 Tom Bellamy silk ns 4. BALLYOPTIC (IRE) 4. BALLYOPTIC (IRE) -3 <
153?
> 147 Tom Bellamy 8 11-6 9/110 9/110
Tom Bellamy silk bg OLD VIC - LAMBOURNE LACE (IRE) UN DESPERADO (FR) J: Tom Bellamy
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-6 OR: 149
Nigel Twiston-Davies (149)
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has long since appealed as the sort to relish this type of test and, though failing narrowly, did enough to think that a 2018/19 campaign centred around the Grand National could pay dividends (though yard rarely targets horses at a specific race, preferring to try and pick up what it can along the way), his jumping holding up well in such a big field; held up, travelled fluently, steady headway from twenty-first, shaken up home turn, headway under pressure after 4 out, kept on well, just failed; he should be a fixture in the top long-distance handicaps for several seasons to come.
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3 3 Danny Cook silk 4 12. VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) 12. VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) -6 <
142
> +1 136 Danny Cook 8 10-12 12/113 12/113
Danny Cook silk grg CLOUDINGS (IRE) - RARE VINTAGE (IRE) GERMANY (USA) J: Danny Cook
T: Sue Smith
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-12 OR: 141
Sue Smith (141)
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ran a cracker to be placed in another big handicap, not so hard work as can be the case and seeing things out thoroughly after receiving a forcing ride as usual; close up, not fluent sixth, upsides from twelfth, went on approaching twenty-first, mistake 5 out, headed next, stayed on.
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4 4 Noel Fehily silk 7 21. DOING FINE (IRE) 21. DOING FINE (IRE) 0 <
131+
> -29 125 Noel Fehily 10 10-6 12/113 12/113
Noel Fehily silk bg PRESENTING - HOWAYA PET (IRE) MONTELIMAR (USA) J: Noel Fehily
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s+t) OR: 135
Neil Mulholland (s+t) (135)
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had presumably been laid out for this and, despite being notably easy to back near the off, acquitted himself with credit, arguably worth a bit extra over the result for trying to come from so far back; dropped out, crept closer early final circuit, not fluent nineteenth, kept on well from 4 out, nearest at the finish; he was fifth in the bet365 Gold Cup last season but the chances are it'll come too soon this time around, just a 7-day gap between races.
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5 5 Sam Twiston-Davies silk 2. VICENTE (FR) 2. VICENTE (FR) <
145+
> 139 Sam Twiston-Davies 9 11-7 8/19 8/19
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg DOM ALCO (FR) - IRELAND (FR) KADALKO (FR) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-7 Eq: (h) OR: 150
Paul Nicholls (h) (150)
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lost nothing in defeat attempting an amazing third consecutive victory in the race, not really having any excuses; in touch, jumped much better than last time and travelled better than most for a long way, too, closing when not fluent 5 out, shaken up soon after, chased leaders entering straight, third when not fluent 4 out, one paced after.
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6 6 Wayne Hutchinson silk ns 7. LABEL DES OBEAUX (FR) 7. LABEL DES OBEAUX (FR) -15 <
142+
> H (126) 136 Wayne Hutchinson 7 11-4 20/121 20/121
Wayne Hutchinson silk bg SADDLER MAKER (IRE) - LA BESSIERE (FR) LOUP SOLITAIRE (USA) J: Wayne Hutchinson
T: Alan King
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-4 Eq: (s) OR: 147
Alan King (s) (147)
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after 8 weeks off, ran better than for a while and should have a more profitable time of it next season, especially now it's clear extreme distances hold no terrors for him; held up, crept closer from nineteenth, ridden after 5 out, plugged on.
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7 7 James Bowen silk 3 24. PEARL SWAN (FR) 24. PEARL SWAN (FR) -12 <
127+
> -12 121 James Bowen (3) 10 10-5 66/167 66/167
James Bowen silk bg GENTLEWAVE (IRE) - SWANSON (USA) DIESIS J: James Bowen (3)
T: Peter Bowen
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (b+t) OR: 134
Peter Bowen (b+t) (134)
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upped markedly in trip after just 7 days off, is clearly running himself back into form, doing well to finish as close as he did here considering he made a few jumping errors and, in the end, the marathon trip seemed to stretch him, still fourth at the last before his effort petered out.
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8 8 Paul O'Brien silk 3. SIZING CODELCO (IRE) 3. SIZING CODELCO (IRE) +16 <
140+
> +15 134 Paul O'Brien (5) 9 11-7 28/129 28/129
Paul O'Brien silk bg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - LA ZINGARELLA (IRE) PHARDANTE (FR) J: Paul O'Brien (5)
T: Colin Tizzard
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-7 OR: 150
Colin Tizzard (150)
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turned out again quickly, shaped as if still in good form, not so good as his effort at Aintree might suggest but certainly jumping and travelling better than he did that day, albeit lacking an end product over this much longer trip; chased leaders, yet to be asked for effort when hit twenty-first, no extra straight.
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9 9 Harry Bannister silk 10 30. FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE) 30. FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE) <
111+
> +5 105 Harry Bannister 8 10-0 50/151 50/151
Harry Bannister silk bg BRIAN BORU - WOMANOFTHEMOUNTAIN (IRE) PRESENTING J: Harry Bannister
T: Jamie Snowden
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-0 Eq: (t) OR: 129
Jamie Snowden (t) (129)
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was stretched by the much longer trip after 5 months off, shaping a fair bit better than the distance beaten suggests and no surprise if he runs somewhere near his best next time, especially back in lesser company; mid-field, crept closer from nineteenth, chased leaders end of back straight, faded from 4 out.
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10 10 Sean Houlihan silk 7 9. REGAL FLOW 9. REGAL FLOW +12 <
123
> H (67) 117 Sean Houlihan (5) 11 11-2 25/126 25/126
Sean Houlihan silk bg ERHAAB (USA) - FLOW OVER THE RIVER (FR) J: Sean Houlihan (5)
T: Bob Buckler
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-2 OR: 145
Bob Buckler (145)
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has had a terrific season but this was seemingly one race too many, up another 10 lb after the Midlands National and under far less testing conditions, too; patiently ridden, never dangerous.
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11 11 Callum Bewley silk 27. ALZAMMAAR (USA) 27. ALZAMMAAR (USA) +17 <
105+
99 Callum Bewley (3) 7 10-1 50/151 50/151
Callum Bewley silk bg BIRDSTONE (USA) - ALMA MATER SADLER'S WELLS (USA) J: Callum Bewley (3)
T: Sam England
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-1 OR: 130
Sam England (130)
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wasn't necessarily hindered by his jumping going back this way round, the stiffness of the task more the problem; disputed lead early, remained prominent, lost place when hit twentieth, dropped away.
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12 12 Harry Cobden silk 1 11. SILSOL (GER) 11. SILSOL (GER) +18 <
116?
110 Harry Cobden 9 10-13 14/115 14/115
Harry Cobden silk bg SOLDIER HOLLOW - SILVERIA (GER) GROOM DANCER (USA) J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (b+t) OR: 142
Paul Nicholls (b+t) (142)
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is at his best when the mud is flying and can be excused this on account of the drying conditions; disputed lead early, remained prominent, mistake twentieth, dropped away.
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13 13 Bridget Andrews silk 20 23. WORK DU BRETEAU (FR) 23. WORK DU BRETEAU (FR) H <
95
> 89 Bridget Andrews (3) 8 10-6 100/1101 100/1101
Bridget Andrews silk chg NETWORK (GER) - SALINKA (FR) GREEN TUNE (USA) J: Bridget Andrews (3)
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (t) OR: 135
Dan Skelton (t) (135)
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back over fences after 8 weeks off, isn't sure to stay this sort of trip but wasn't beaten by lack of stamina alone, always behind.
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pu pu Aidan Coleman silk 15. BENBENS (IRE) 15. BENBENS (IRE) <
?
> Aidan Coleman 13 10-9 40/141 40/141
Aidan Coleman silk chg BENEFICIAL - MILLICENT BRIDGE (IRE) OVER THE RIVER (FR) J: Aidan Coleman
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 13 Wgt: 10-9 OR: 138
Nigel Twiston-Davies (138)
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ran poorly for the second outing in succession, understandable at his age if his enthusiasm is finally on the wane; in rear, went with little fluency, struggling when not fluent seventeenth.
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pu pu Jeremiah McGrath silk 5. BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE) 5. BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE) <
?
> Jeremiah McGrath 8 11-6 14/115 14/115
Jeremiah McGrath silk bg SHANTOU (USA) - NATIVE BID (IRE) BE MY NATIVE (USA) J: Jeremiah McGrath
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-6 OR: 149
Nicky Henderson (149)
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ran no sort of race; in rear, labouring eighteenth, lost touch soon after.
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pu pu Conor O'Farrell silk 28. BOA ISLAND (IRE) 28. BOA ISLAND (IRE) <
> Conor O'Farrell 8 10-1 100/1101 100/1101
Conor O'Farrell silk bg TRANS ISLAND - ESKIMO KISS (IRE) DISTINCTLY NORTH (USA) J: Conor O'Farrell
T: James Moffatt
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-1 Eq: (s) OR: 130
James Moffatt (s) (130)
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showed nothing on first outing since leaving Paul Nicholls after 6 months off; soon behind, labouring tenth, struggling when blundered fourteenth, pulled up circuit out.
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pu pu Jamie Bargary silk 17. COGRY 17. COGRY <
?
> Jamie Bargary 9 10-8 25/126 25/126
Jamie Bargary silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - WYLDELLO SUPREME LEADER J: Jamie Bargary
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (s) OR: 137
Nigel Twiston-Davies (s) (137)
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has gone off the boil but at least he may start to slip back down the weights as a result; chased leaders, not fluent fourteenth, eighteenth, ridden after next, pulled up before twenty-second.
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pu pu Davy Russell silk 6. FAGAN 6. FAGAN <
+
Davy Russell 8 11-4 7/18f 7/18f
Davy Russell silk grg FAIR MIX (IRE) - NORTHWOOD MAY TEENOSO (USA) J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-4 OR: 147
Gordon Elliott, Ireland (147)
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looked an interesting runner stepping into handicap company for the first time and was strong in the betting after 6 months off but ran badly; mid-field, lost place around halfway, beaten long way out.
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pu pu Harry Skelton silk 13. GET ON THE YAGER 13. GET ON THE YAGER <
?
> Harry Skelton 8 10-11 28/129 28/129
Harry Skelton silk bg TAMURE (IRE) - FLORENTINO EFISIO J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 140
Dan Skelton (140)
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wasn't beaten by lack of stamina alone 5 weeks on from the Midlands National, that effort maybe having left a mark on him in the short term; held up, shaken up before nineteenth, no response, pulled up twenty-first.
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pu pu D. E. Mullins silk 25. GLENCAIRN VIEW (IRE) 25. GLENCAIRN VIEW (IRE) <
+
D. E. Mullins 8 10-4 11/112 11/112
D. E. Mullins silk chg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - BALLERINA LAURA (IRE) RIOT HELMET J: D. E. Mullins
T: Anthony Mullins, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-4 OR: 133
Anthony Mullins, Ireland (133)
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patiently ridden, pulled up before seventh, broke down badly.
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pu pu Nico de Boinville silk 1. GOLD PRESENT (IRE) 1. GOLD PRESENT (IRE) <
+
> Nico de Boinville 8 11-12 20/121 20/121
Nico de Boinville silk brg PRESENTING - OURO PRETO DEFINITE ARTICLE J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-12 OR: 155
Nicky Henderson (155)
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might have had something go amiss again but it's more than likely he simply failed to stay this much longer trip, especially given he was keener than ideal for a long way; close up, took strong hold, upsides seventh, went on after eighth, headed approaching twenty-first, weakened end of back straight.
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pu pu Sean Bowen silk 14. HENRI PARRY MORGAN 14. HENRI PARRY MORGAN <
> Sean Bowen 10 10-10 18/119 18/119
Sean Bowen silk bg BRIAN BORU - QUEEN OF THEDAISES OVER THE RIVER (FR) J: Sean Bowen
T: Peter Bowen
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-10 Eq: (b+t) OR: 139
Peter Bowen (b+t) (139)
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found this a completely different kettle of fish to Ffos Las, back up the weights, too; held up, never a threat.
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F F Brian Hughes silk 18. INDY FIVE (IRE) 18. INDY FIVE (IRE) <
> Brian Hughes 8 10-7 25/126 25/126
Brian Hughes silk bg VERTICAL SPEED (FR) - BEESPLEASE (IRE) SNURGE J: Brian Hughes
T: David Dennis
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 136
David Dennis (136)
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chased leaders, fell second.
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pu pu Ryan Day silk 16. LOOKING WELL (IRE) 16. LOOKING WELL (IRE) <
?
> Ryan Day (3) 9 10-8 16/117 16/117
Ryan Day silk bg GOLD WELL - DIFFERENT LEVEL (IRE) TOPANOORA J: Ryan Day (3)
T: Nicky Richards
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 137
Nicky Richards (137)
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has now looked far from straightforward on each of his last 3 outings, running poorly 11 weeks on from the Musselburgh incident; chased leaders, went with little fluency, lost place before halfway, beaten long way out; worth a try in headgear.
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pu pu Derek Fox silk 31. RACING EUROPE (IRE) 31. RACING EUROPE (IRE) <
?
Derek Fox 9 10-0 (9-12) 100/1101 100/1101
Derek Fox silk bg KAYF TARA - TITANIC QUARTER (IRE) TURGEON (USA) J: Derek Fox
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 (9-12) OR: 129
Brian Ellison (129)
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showed nothing after 27 months off, admittedly in a high-intensity environment; held up, mistake thirteenth, lost touch circuit out.
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pu pu Robbie Power silk 8. SIZING TENNESSEE (IRE) 8. SIZING TENNESSEE (IRE) <
?
> Robbie Power 10 11-2 10/111 10/111
Robbie Power silk chg ROBIN DES CHAMPS (FR) - JOLIVIA (FR) DERNIER EMPEREUR (USA) J: Robbie Power
T: Colin Tizzard
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-2 OR: 145
Colin Tizzard (145)
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normally makes the running and seemed to turn it in with more patient tactics adopted; mid-field, slow sixth, lost place, pulled up before twelfth.
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pu pu Henry Brooke silk 20. STRAIDNAHANNA (IRE) 20. STRAIDNAHANNA (IRE) <
> Henry Brooke 9 10-7 66/167 66/167
Henry Brooke silk grg MEDAALY - SUE'S SONG ALFLORA (IRE) J: Henry Brooke
T: Sue Smith
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 136
Sue Smith (136)
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found this much too tough back up the weights after 9 weeks off; in touch, blundered fifth, lost place around halfway, no threat early final circuit.
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ur ur Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk 26. THE YOUNG MASTER 26. THE YOUNG MASTER <
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> Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3) 9 10-3 12/113 12/113
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk bg ECHO OF LIGHT - FINE FRENZY (IRE) GREAT COMMOTION (USA) J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3)
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-3 Eq: (s) OR: 132
Neil Mulholland (s) (132)
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jumped awkwardly and unseated rider first.
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pu pu Tom Scudamore silk 10. WEST APPROACH 10. WEST APPROACH <
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> Tom Scudamore 8 11-1 33/134 33/134
Tom Scudamore silk bg WESTERNER - ARDSTOWN ARDROSS J: Tom Scudamore
T: Colin Tizzard
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-1 Eq: (b) OR: 144
Colin Tizzard (b) (144)
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didn't run so poorly as being pulled up might suggest, marathon trips probably not for him; held up, blundered third, not fluent fourth, took closer order soon after halfway, weakened 5 out.
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Non Runners: ALVARADO (IRE), PORTRAIT KING (IRE), MYSTEREE (IRE). Fences: 27.

Winning Owner: M Sherwood, N Morris & R Curtis

Time: 8m 2.3s Closing Sectional: (2.15f): 33.30s (97.9%)

A typical Scottish National in most respects and no reason to doubt the form, the first 2 unexposed at extreme distances and the others to make the frame notably reliable types in this sort of race; as usual, there was no let-up in the gallop, but if anything the way things panned out slightly favoured the prominent-racers under the conditions, Ballyoptic coming from much further back than the winner and the fourth probably also better than the result in attempting to come from where he did.

JOE FARRELL (IRE) presumably benefited from the hike in distance as he defied an 11 lb rise for Newbury with an improved showing to land comfortably the most valuable success of his career, providing his yard with a very rare bright spot in an otherwise poor season; in touch, travelled smoothly, not fluent nineteenth, twenty-first, produced to lead 4 out, just held on from one that came from much further back.

BALLYOPTIC (IRE) has long since appealed as the sort to relish this type of test and, though failing narrowly, did enough to think that a 2018/19 campaign centred around the Grand National could pay dividends (though yard rarely targets horses at a specific race, preferring to try and pick up what it can along the way), his jumping holding up well in such a big field; held up, travelled fluently, steady headway from twenty-first, shaken up home turn, headway under pressure after 4 out, kept on well, just failed; he should be a fixture in the top long-distance handicaps for several seasons to come.

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) ran a cracker to be placed in another big handicap, not so hard work as can be the case and seeing things out thoroughly after receiving a forcing ride as usual; close up, not fluent sixth, upsides from twelfth, went on approaching twenty-first, mistake 5 out, headed next, stayed on.

DOING FINE (IRE) had presumably been laid out for this and, despite being notably easy to back near the off, acquitted himself with credit, arguably worth a bit extra over the result for trying to come from so far back; dropped out, crept closer early final circuit, not fluent nineteenth, kept on well from 4 out, nearest at the finish; he was fifth in the bet365 Gold Cup last season but the chances are it'll come too soon this time around, just a 7-day gap between races.

VICENTE (FR) lost nothing in defeat attempting an amazing third consecutive victory in the race, not really having any excuses; in touch, jumped much better than last time and travelled better than most for a long way, too, closing when not fluent 5 out, shaken up soon after, chased leaders entering straight, third when not fluent 4 out, one paced after.

LABEL DES OBEAUX (FR) after 8 weeks off, ran better than for a while and should have a more profitable time of it next season, especially now it's clear extreme distances hold no terrors for him; held up, crept closer from nineteenth, ridden after 5 out, plugged on.

PEARL SWAN (FR) upped markedly in trip after just 7 days off, is clearly running himself back into form, doing well to finish as close as he did here considering he made a few jumping errors and, in the end, the marathon trip seemed to stretch him, still fourth at the last before his effort petered out.

SIZING CODELCO (IRE) turned out again quickly, shaped as if still in good form, not so good as his effort at Aintree might suggest but certainly jumping and travelling better than he did that day, albeit lacking an end product over this much longer trip; chased leaders, yet to be asked for effort when hit twenty-first, no extra straight.

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE) was stretched by the much longer trip after 5 months off, shaping a fair bit better than the distance beaten suggests and no surprise if he runs somewhere near his best next time, especially back in lesser company; mid-field, crept closer from nineteenth, chased leaders end of back straight, faded from 4 out.

REGAL FLOW has had a terrific season but this was seemingly one race too many, up another 10 lb after the Midlands National and under far less testing conditions, too; patiently ridden, never dangerous.

ALZAMMAAR (USA) wasn't necessarily hindered by his jumping going back this way round, the stiffness of the task more the problem; disputed lead early, remained prominent, lost place when hit twentieth, dropped away.

SILSOL (GER) is at his best when the mud is flying and can be excused this on account of the drying conditions; disputed lead early, remained prominent, mistake twentieth, dropped away.

WORK DU BRETEAU (FR) back over fences after 8 weeks off, isn't sure to stay this sort of trip but wasn't beaten by lack of stamina alone, always behind.

BENBENS (IRE) ran poorly for the second outing in succession, understandable at his age if his enthusiasm is finally on the wane; in rear, went with little fluency, struggling when not fluent seventeenth.

BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE) ran no sort of race; in rear, labouring eighteenth, lost touch soon after.

BOA ISLAND (IRE) showed nothing on first outing since leaving Paul Nicholls after 6 months off; soon behind, labouring tenth, struggling when blundered fourteenth, pulled up circuit out.

COGRY has gone off the boil but at least he may start to slip back down the weights as a result; chased leaders, not fluent fourteenth, eighteenth, ridden after next, pulled up before twenty-second.

FAGAN looked an interesting runner stepping into handicap company for the first time and was strong in the betting after 6 months off but ran badly; mid-field, lost place around halfway, beaten long way out.

GET ON THE YAGER wasn't beaten by lack of stamina alone 5 weeks on from the Midlands National, that effort maybe having left a mark on him in the short term; held up, shaken up before nineteenth, no response, pulled up twenty-first.

GLENCAIRN VIEW (IRE) patiently ridden, pulled up before seventh, broke down badly.

GOLD PRESENT (IRE) might have had something go amiss again but it's more than likely he simply failed to stay this much longer trip, especially given he was keener than ideal for a long way; close up, took strong hold, upsides seventh, went on after eighth, headed approaching twenty-first, weakened end of back straight.

HENRI PARRY MORGAN found this a completely different kettle of fish to Ffos Las, back up the weights, too; held up, never a threat.

INDY FIVE (IRE) chased leaders, fell second.

LOOKING WELL (IRE) has now looked far from straightforward on each of his last 3 outings, running poorly 11 weeks on from the Musselburgh incident; chased leaders, went with little fluency, lost place before halfway, beaten long way out; worth a try in headgear.

RACING EUROPE (IRE) showed nothing after 27 months off, admittedly in a high-intensity environment; held up, mistake thirteenth, lost touch circuit out.

SIZING TENNESSEE (IRE) normally makes the running and seemed to turn it in with more patient tactics adopted; mid-field, slow sixth, lost place, pulled up before twelfth.

STRAIDNAHANNA (IRE) found this much too tough back up the weights after 9 weeks off; in touch, blundered fifth, lost place around halfway, no threat early final circuit.

THE YOUNG MASTER jumped awkwardly and unseated rider first.

WEST APPROACH didn't run so poorly as being pulled up might suggest, marathon trips probably not for him; held up, blundered third, not fluent fourth, took closer order soon after halfway, weakened 5 out.