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Aintree

  • 17:10 Toteexacta Flexi Betting Novices' Chase2m

  • £10,000 added 4yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner £6,505 2nd £1,910 3rd £955 4th £477
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.40s
  • Off time: 17:10:39

Full result

17:10 Aintree Result 23rd October 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Medermit (FR) 11-2 W Hutchinson A King 6 1/5f
Tracked leader, challenged 4 out, led narrowly when blundered and left well clear next, unextended opened 1/4 touched 1/4 £200-£700
2nd dist Alaskan Prince (IRE) 11-2 David England (3) P Salmon 5 25/1
Keen early, held up 3rd and last, lost touch 4 out, left remote 2nd and sole rival next, no chance with winner opened 20/1 touched 25/1
UR Wessex King (IRE) 11-8 T Scudamore H D Daly 6 4/1
Led, joined 4 out, headed narrowly but still every chance when blundered badly and unseated rider next opened 3/1 touched 4/1
WN Rock Noir (FR) 11-2 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 5 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.30
Straight Forecast: £3.96 Exacta: £5.80

Placepot: £454.50, Pool: £84332.74, 135.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £15.60, Pool: £6123.72, 289.4 winning tickets

Verdict

Almost a non-contest with the defection of Rock Noir but not plain sailing for 1/5 favourite MEDERMIT. A mistake at the first fence could easily have knocked his confidence but his jockey picked him up well and he was then fairly quick at his obstacles, albeit brushing through the top of them in the French fashion of low jumping. That of course was until, having winged the fourth last to challenge the leader Wessex King, he then made a mess of the third last. Perhaps fortunately his main rival made a worse mistake and the jockey was ejected as he slithered to the ground and Medermit was left to complete un-pestered. His jump at the second last was fine, and he was left to pop the last by Wayne Hutchinson for a bloodless success. Wessex King was just being niggled along when he came-a-cropper, and whilst the race was far from over, it is fair to assume that he would have come off second best regardless. Alaskan Prince, who lost touch with the bigger boys around halfway, completed in his own time for a share of the prize money and probably the easiest £2,500 he will ever earn. Hard to know what to make of this first start over fences then for Arkle fancy Medermit. His speed over the fences means he is a promising recruit to fencing, but his trainer may have to encourage him to treat these British obstacles with a bit more respect otherwise any big race dreams may end up on the floor. More experience awaits, probably in easy fields under his penalty, and it's no surprise to see his Arkle price unchanged in the main around 10/1.