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CHESTER 15:10

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15:10 Wednesday 04 May 2016

BETWAY CHESTER CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP) (2)

Distance : 2m 2f 147y
Prize : £73,908 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Flat Surface : Turf Going : Good
Race Type : Flat Surface : Turf
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Pos (Draw) Pos (Draw) Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 (4) 1 (4) Jamie Spencer silk 15. NO HERETIC 15. NO HERETIC H (114) <
101+
-43 > 90 Jamie Spencer 8 8-13 11/112 11/112
Jamie Spencer silk bg GALILEO (IRE) 134 - INTRIGUED 105p DARSHAAN 133 J: Jamie Spencer
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 8 Wgt: 8-13 Eq: (h) OR: 93
Nicky Henderson (h) (93)
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as old as any in the line-up but has only had the racing of a horse half his age, this just his fourteenth start in all and his second for Nicky Henderson after reappearing from a long absence (missed 2½ years) over hurdles the month before; was well handicapped on his best form for David Simcock (fifth to Brown Panther in 2013 Goodwood Cup), but it was some achievement to win this considering his inactivity for so long and, moreover, his keenness through the race (in touch, and in a hood), looking to be doing too much in a race of this nature, yet he found plenty to edge out Nakeeta, the pair getting the jump on many at the top of the straight; soundness permitting, he'll be a fixture, and likely a prominent one, in the top staying handicaps of the season, in his favour that they're spaced out.
in touch, effort 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well
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2 (15) 2 (15) Royston Ffrench silk sh 14. NAKEETA 14. NAKEETA -4 <
101+
-3 > 90 Royston Ffrench 5 8-13 20/121 20/121
Royston Ffrench silk bg SIXTIES ICON 125 - EASY RED (IRE) HUNTING LION (IRE) 115 J: Royston Ffrench
T: Iain Jardine
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-13 Eq: (h) OR: 93
Iain Jardine (h) (93)
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took off once pointed beyond 1½m last autumn (won back-to-back at Haydock) and surged all the more over this new trip for his reappearance, running the race of his life, short-headed by one ridden handier, though Nakeeta came in for a canny ride under the circumstances, sooner to act than others down the field, making a sweeping move wide over 2f out, sustaining his challenge well; it's testament to his trainer (making a name for himself under both codes) that his thriving status was maintained following a 7-month absence and there's every chance he'll improve further.
held up, headway wide over 2f out, challenged approaching final 1f, kept on well
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3 (9) 3 (9) Pat Smullen silk 8. SILVER CONCORDE 8. SILVER CONCORDE H (118) <
104+
-48 > 92 Pat Smullen 8 9-3 5/16 5/16
Pat Smullen silk bg DANSILI 127 - SACRED PEARL (IRE) DAYLAMI (IRE) 138 J: Pat Smullen
T: D. K. Weld, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 9-3 OR: 97
D. K. Weld, Ireland (97)
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is in the same boat as the winner as an 8-y-o with relatively few miles on the clock and the gamble on his Flat return wasn't misplaced, ahead of his mark, more so than he could show, near the back for one thing then needing to switch inside to out, finishing well once in the clear, too late by then, but giving the impression his name is on a big staying handicap this season, eyes more on the Flat prizes seemingly, having raced just twice in his latest hurdling campaign (lost a shoe and reportedly lame in Supreme at Cheltenham).
held up, still off pace home turn, switched over 1f out, finished strongly
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4 (12) 4 (12) Paul Hanagan silk 11. GABRIAL THE HERO (USA) 11. GABRIAL THE HERO (USA) 0 <
99
+2 > 88 Paul Hanagan 7 9-0 12/113 12/113
Paul Hanagan silk bg WAR FRONT (USA) 119 - BALL GOWN (USA) SILVER HAWK (USA) 123 J: Paul Hanagan
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-0 Eq: (s) OR: 94
Richard Fahey (s) (94)
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did best of the Koukash runners targeted here, by virtue of picking up where he left off last season, cheekpieces and longer trips the making of him, doing well in this far more competitive environment than for his initial upturn on AW in December, though unlike many the result is a fair reflection of him, no troubles, keeping on from mid-field, but no win threat.
mid-division, under pressure over 1f out, kept on
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5 (17) 5 (17) George Chaloner silk ½ 18. GABRIAL'S KING (IRE) 18. GABRIAL'S KING (IRE) 0 <
97+
-18 > 85 George Chaloner 7 8-12 22/123 22/123
George Chaloner silk bg HURRICANE RUN (IRE) 134 - DANELLA (IRE) PLATINI (GER) 126 J: George Chaloner
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 7 Wgt: 8-12 OR: 92
Richard Fahey (92)
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one place worse than last year but did a whole lot better in many ways, paying in the end for a big move 6f out, right around the field, so that he had a narrow lead into the straight; he's shaping up to be better than ever, age rarely a barrier for the stable's handicappers.
rear, headway early on final circuit, in touch 3f out, led briefly over 1f out, faded final ½f
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6 (16) 6 (16) Ryan Moore silk hd 4. QUICK JACK (IRE) 4. QUICK JACK (IRE) -32 <
108+
H (138) > 96 Ryan Moore 7 9-9 8/19 8/19
Ryan Moore silk chg FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND 120 - MISS POLARIS 93 POLAR FALCON (USA) 126 J: Ryan Moore
T: A. J. Martin, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-9 OR: 103
A. J. Martin, Ireland (103)
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has a remarkable record in the big handicaps and ran at least as well as when second in this last year, considering the higher mark and worse draw (poorly drawn in the Cesarewitch last autumn too), dropped out and needing a stronger gallop than he got with plan 'A' rigidly stuck to, last of all over 2f out, making all the ground he could in the straight.
dropped out, still off pace over 1f out, stayed on wide
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7 (10) 7 (10) Callum Shepherd silk sh 10. TOTALIZE 10. TOTALIZE H (131) <
100+
-5 > 88 Callum Shepherd (5) 7 9-1 20/121 20/121
Callum Shepherd silk bg AUTHORIZED (IRE) 133 - YOU TOO 74 MONSUN (GER) 124 J: Callum Shepherd (5)
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-1 OR: 95
Brian Ellison (95)
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had run well when fourth in a listed hurdle in France in April, that over almost 2½m, and a rare option at this far a trip on the Flat served him well, though only sneaking up on the inner in the straight, getting a surprisingly clear run there, never nearer.
rear, headway inside early in straight, never nearer
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8 (18) 8 (18) James Doyle silk 2. ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE) 2. ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE) -97 <
107+
-3 > 96 James Doyle 7 9-10 33/134 33/134
James Doyle silk bg HURRICANE RUN (IRE) 134 - CAUSEWAY SONG (USA) GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) 132 J: James Doyle
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-10 OR: 104
Richard Fahey (104)
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a regular in this race but had the worst of the draw this time, though a mid-field finish was about as much as his mark allowed, anyway, showing all his ability is intact after a sudbued reappearance, if only through late gains from the back.
rear, still off pace 3f out, ridden 2f out, some late headway
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9 (2) 9 (2) Robert Havlin silk nk 1. GANG WARFARE 1. GANG WARFARE +1 <
107?
-3 > 96 Robert Havlin 5 9-10 8/19 8/19
Robert Havlin silk bg MEDICEAN 128 - LIGHT IMPACT (IRE) FANTASTIC LIGHT (USA) 134 J: Robert Havlin
T: Simon Crisford
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-10 Eq: (h) OR: 104
Simon Crisford (h) (104)
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brought all of his AW improvement to the table, only the trip proving a step too far, after travelling well (perfect draw/position) and looking a big threat into the straight; he's knocking on the door of certain 'Cup' races, given what he did for a long way here under top weight.
in touch, close up early in straight, weakened final 1f
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10 (7) 10 (7) Franny Norton silk 13. LE MAITRE CHAT (USA) 13. LE MAITRE CHAT (USA) -3 <
93+
-55 > 82 Franny Norton 5 8-13 12/113 12/113
Franny Norton silk bg TALE OF THE CAT (USA) 113 - BEDSIDE STORY 104 MTOTO 134 J: Franny Norton
T: Ian Williams
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-13 Eq: (s) OR: 93
Ian Williams (s) (93)
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is a tricky customer but capable of going close in the best staying handicaps, as proven in last year's Cesarewitch (sixth of 34), and he did fairly well here, bearing in mind the absence (6 months) and the traffic in the straight that prevented him finishing nearer, something still left by the end.
held up, headway when short of room early in straight, never nearer
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11 (1) 11 (1) Tom Eaves silk 19. VENUE 19. VENUE H (77) <
89
-3 > 78 Tom Eaves 6 8-12 33/134 33/134
Tom Eaves silk bg BEAT HOLLOW 126 - SHIRLEY VALENTINE 104 SHIRLEY HEIGHTS 130 J: Tom Eaves
T: Donald McCain
Age: 6 Wgt: 8-12 OR: 92
Donald McCain (92)
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has been quiet for a while over hurdles and returning to the Flat (for the first time since 2013) failed to fire him up, admittedly not far off the leaders on the home turn (had the best of the draw), but his tame finish was probably as much about a lack of form/resolution as stamina.
mid-division, in touch home turn, weakened
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12 (3) 12 (3) Andrea Atzeni silk ½ 12. STEVE ROGERS (IRE) 12. STEVE ROGERS (IRE) +7 <
90
+8 > 79 Andrea Atzeni 5 9-0 7/24.5f 7/24.5f
Andrea Atzeni silk bg MONTJEU (IRE) 137 - THREE OWLS (IRE) 79 WARNING 136 J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Roger Varian
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-0 OR: 94
Roger Varian (94)
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failed to meet expectations, but it's about the first time in his careeer he has, everything going smoothly for a long way and possibly not 100% in the end, as he shouldn't have failed for stamina from the way he finished the Cesarewitch, yet he found very little here.
tracked pace, chased leaders home turn, weakened over 1f out
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13 (5) 13 (5) Adam Kirby silk 7. JOHN REEL (FR) 7. JOHN REEL (FR) -7 <
94
+9 > 83 Adam Kirby 7 9-5 10/111 10/111
Adam Kirby silk bg COUNTRY REEL (USA) 113? - JOHN QUATZ (FR) JOHANN QUATZ (FR) 120 J: Adam Kirby
T: David Evans
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-5 OR: 99
David Evans (99)
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has been in hard races the last twice but not enough to excuse his uncharacteristic weak finishes, especially here, when able to dictate to a surprisingly large degree, pressing on over 2f out but soon throwing in the towel once headed.
dictated, kicked on over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened
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14 (8) 14 (8) David Nolan silk 6. DUKE OF CLARENCE (IRE) 6. DUKE OF CLARENCE (IRE) +10 <
91
+3 > 80 David Nolan 7 9-6 33/134 33/134
David Nolan silk grg VERGLAS (IRE) 118 - SPECIAL LADY (FR) KALDOUN (FR) 122 J: David Nolan
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-6 OR: 100
Richard Fahey (100)
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seems increasingly fragile, ran only twice (in May) last year, faring worse in the Chester Cup this time around, albeit probably needing it, shaping that way after a prominent ride.
pressed leader, weakened early in straight
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15 (11) 15 (11) David Allan silk 17. MIN ALEMARAT (IRE) 17. MIN ALEMARAT (IRE) +6 <
81
+4 > 70 David Allan 5 8-12 66/167 66/167
David Allan silk chg GALILEO (IRE) 134 - BARAKA (IRE) 106 DANEHILL (USA) 126 J: David Allan
T: Tim Easterby
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-12 OR: 92
Tim Easterby (92)
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probably feeling his way for new yard this year but nothing so far to raise hopes, always behind here, beaten before stamina came into play.
always behind
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16 (6) 16 (6) Donnacha O'Brien silk 7 3. HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) 3. HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) +21 <
84
H (110) > 73 Donnacha O'Brien (5) 6 9-9 14/115 14/115
Donnacha O'Brien silk bg LANDO (GER) 128 - MOSCOW NIGHTS (FR) PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) 137 J: Donnacha O'Brien (5)
T: A. J. Martin, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-9 Eq: (t) OR: 103
A. J. Martin, Ireland (t) (103)
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not an out-and-out stayer, as proved over 1¼m on his reapearance, and similar story here as in last year's Cesarewitch, only a heavier defeat (eased); moved up to track the pace a circuit out but done with before the home straight.
mid-field, tracked pace long way out, beaten before straight, eased
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17 (14) 17 (14) Graham Lee silk 38 9. WILLIAM OF ORANGE 9. WILLIAM OF ORANGE H (87) <
> Graham Lee 5 9-2 20/121 20/121
Graham Lee silk bg DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) 132 - CRITICAL ACCLAIM 87p PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) 137 J: Graham Lee
T: Donald McCain
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-2 OR: 96
Donald McCain (96)
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dropped away 3f out on his return to the Flat, no fitness excuse; he's always had a reputation for finishing weakly, even when with Sir Mark Prescott, though not to this extent.
in touch, dropped away 3f out
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Non Runners: ENGLISH SUMMER, MOONRISE LANDING (IRE).

Winning Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay

Time: 4m 10.48s Closing Sectional: (2.00f): 25.75s (104.2%)

Overrounds: Industry SP 130%, Betfair SP 97.3%

One of the more ordinary Chester Cups from a handicapping perspective, nothing improving since the weights came out and few arriving on the up, over half the field aged 7 or 8; unlike some years, there was no great clamour to get prominent, the wider draws mainly taking their medicine, and therefore the pace was rather more slack than sound, complicating matters all the more for the hold-up horses, the result rewarding those that made their move earliest, the second and fifth amongst them, while it was a case of what might have been for the fast-finishing Silver Concorde.

NO HERETIC as old as any in the line-up but has only had the racing of a horse half his age, this just his fourteenth start in all and his second for Nicky Henderson after reappearing from a long absence (missed 2½ years) over hurdles the month before; was well handicapped on his best form for David Simcock (fifth to Brown Panther in 2013 Goodwood Cup), but it was some achievement to win this considering his inactivity for so long and, moreover, his keenness through the race (in touch, and in a hood), looking to be doing too much in a race of this nature, yet he found plenty to edge out Nakeeta, the pair getting the jump on many at the top of the straight; soundness permitting, he'll be a fixture, and likely a prominent one, in the top staying handicaps of the season, in his favour that they're spaced out.

NAKEETA took off once pointed beyond 1½m last autumn (won back-to-back at Haydock) and surged all the more over this new trip for his reappearance, running the race of his life, short-headed by one ridden handier, though Nakeeta came in for a canny ride under the circumstances, sooner to act than others down the field, making a sweeping move wide over 2f out, sustaining his challenge well; it's testament to his trainer (making a name for himself under both codes) that his thriving status was maintained following a 7-month absence and there's every chance he'll improve further.

SILVER CONCORDE is in the same boat as the winner as an 8-y-o with relatively few miles on the clock and the gamble on his Flat return wasn't misplaced, ahead of his mark, more so than he could show, near the back for one thing then needing to switch inside to out, finishing well once in the clear, too late by then, but giving the impression his name is on a big staying handicap this season, eyes more on the Flat prizes seemingly, having raced just twice in his latest hurdling campaign (lost a shoe and reportedly lame in Supreme at Cheltenham).

GABRIAL THE HERO (USA) did best of the Koukash runners targeted here, by virtue of picking up where he left off last season, cheekpieces and longer trips the making of him, doing well in this far more competitive environment than for his initial upturn on AW in December, though unlike many the result is a fair reflection of him, no troubles, keeping on from mid-field, but no win threat.

GABRIAL'S KING (IRE) one place worse than last year but did a whole lot better in many ways, paying in the end for a big move 6f out, right around the field, so that he had a narrow lead into the straight; he's shaping up to be better than ever, age rarely a barrier for the stable's handicappers.

QUICK JACK (IRE) has a remarkable record in the big handicaps and ran at least as well as when second in this last year, considering the higher mark and worse draw (poorly drawn in the Cesarewitch last autumn too), dropped out and needing a stronger gallop than he got with plan 'A' rigidly stuck to, last of all over 2f out, making all the ground he could in the straight.

TOTALIZE had run well when fourth in a listed hurdle in France in April, that over almost 2½m, and a rare option at this far a trip on the Flat served him well, though only sneaking up on the inner in the straight, getting a surprisingly clear run there, never nearer.

ANGEL GABRIAL (IRE) a regular in this race but had the worst of the draw this time, though a mid-field finish was about as much as his mark allowed, anyway, showing all his ability is intact after a sudbued reappearance, if only through late gains from the back.

GANG WARFARE brought all of his AW improvement to the table, only the trip proving a step too far, after travelling well (perfect draw/position) and looking a big threat into the straight; he's knocking on the door of certain 'Cup' races, given what he did for a long way here under top weight.

LE MAITRE CHAT (USA) is a tricky customer but capable of going close in the best staying handicaps, as proven in last year's Cesarewitch (sixth of 34), and he did fairly well here, bearing in mind the absence (6 months) and the traffic in the straight that prevented him finishing nearer, something still left by the end.

VENUE has been quiet for a while over hurdles and returning to the Flat (for the first time since 2013) failed to fire him up, admittedly not far off the leaders on the home turn (had the best of the draw), but his tame finish was probably as much about a lack of form/resolution as stamina.

STEVE ROGERS (IRE) failed to meet expectations, but it's about the first time in his careeer he has, everything going smoothly for a long way and possibly not 100% in the end, as he shouldn't have failed for stamina from the way he finished the Cesarewitch, yet he found very little here.

JOHN REEL (FR) has been in hard races the last twice but not enough to excuse his uncharacteristic weak finishes, especially here, when able to dictate to a surprisingly large degree, pressing on over 2f out but soon throwing in the towel once headed.

DUKE OF CLARENCE (IRE) seems increasingly fragile, ran only twice (in May) last year, faring worse in the Chester Cup this time around, albeit probably needing it, shaping that way after a prominent ride.

MIN ALEMARAT (IRE) probably feeling his way for new yard this year but nothing so far to raise hopes, always behind here, beaten before stamina came into play.

HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) not an out-and-out stayer, as proved over 1¼m on his reapearance, and similar story here as in last year's Cesarewitch, only a heavier defeat (eased); moved up to track the pace a circuit out but done with before the home straight.

WILLIAM OF ORANGE dropped away 3f out on his return to the Flat, no fitness excuse; he's always had a reputation for finishing weakly, even when with Sir Mark Prescott, though not to this extent.