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Haydock Park

  • 15:25 Betfair Chase 3m

  • (registered As The Lancashire Chase) (grade 1) £200,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £112,660 2nd £42,440 3rd £21,240 4th £10,620
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 10.90s
  • Off time: 15:26:20

Full result

15:25 Haydock Park Result 20th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Imperial Commander (IRE) 11-7 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 9 10/11f
Disputed 2nd, challenged 10th, led 12th, made rest, driven clear 3 out, in command flat, held on near finish opened 10/11 touched 10/11 £2000-£2000 £1000-£1000 £500-£500(x3) £1000-£1100(x6) £500-£550
2nd Tidal Bay (IRE) 11-7 B Hughes J Howard Johnson 9 16/1
Held up behind in touch, mistake 8th, outpaced when not fluent 5 out, 5th and still plenty to do next, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd last, ridden and ran on flat, closed on winner towards finish, always held opened 22/1 touched 22/1
3rd 8 Planet of Sound 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 8 17/2
Held up in touch, tracked leading pair 5 out, driven and outpaced after next, kept on under pressure from 3 out, no impression opened 8/1 touched 9/1
4th Nacarat (FR) 11-7 Paul Moloney T R George 9 7/1
Disputed 2nd, led narrowly 10th, headed 12th, chased winner, outpaced 3 out, soon no impression, lost 2nd last, no extra opened 15/2 touched 15/2
5th What A Friend 11-7 S Thomas P F Nicholls 7 3/1
Held up behind in touch, headway and in touch when not fluent 11th, outpaced 4 out, soon beaten opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £3500-£1000 £1400-£400 £1000-£300 £1600-£500 £900-£300
6th dist Atouchbetweenacara (IRE) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 9 80/1
Led to 10th, chased leaders, outpaced 5 out, weakened from next, tailed off opened 80/1 touched 80/1
7th 27 Chief Dan George (IRE) 11-7 P Aspell James Moffatt 10 33/1
Keen early, in touch, outpaced 11th, soon lost place, behind from 14th, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.90 Tote Place: £1.60,3.70
Straight Forecast: £14.90 Exacta: £15.00 Swingers: 1&2:5.50 2&3:4.90 1&3:2.20

Placepot: £161.30, Pool: £90177.81, 408.05 winning tickets
Quadpot: £25.30, Pool: £7906.67, 230.85 winning tickets

Verdict

This was a brilliant return to action from IMPERIAL COMMANDER who gained due reward for his narrow defeat to Kauto Star in last year's renewal. He settled well and jumped brilliantly for Paddy Brennan with no notable mistakes; he got a little tired close home and was eased down close to the post which allowed Tidal Bay to close right up but was value for more than the winning margin and Paddy Brennan reported that he had plenty left in the tank and would improve for the run. The plan is to have just one run (in the King George VI at Kempton where he has twice disappointed) before returning to Cheltenham to defend his crown. Tidal Bay has looked increasingly quirky since winning the Arkle in 2008 and hasn't always looked at ease over fences but he had shown a high level of form over hurdles last season and the ability remains intact. He was awkward at several fences and looked like tailing off at the end of the first circuit but picked up the bit coming into the home straight for the final time and fairly flew home after the last to give favourite backers a fright. Planet Of Sound sprung a surprise at Punchestown in April on his first run at three miles and shaped well on his seasonal return. He was held-up in touch on the inside and moved in to contention turning for home; he was readily left behind by the winner in the straight but plugged on well to pass Nacarat. He's entitled to improve for the run, is unexposed at this trip and will appreciate better ground. Nacarat is reported to be a healthier horse this year and was also reported to have been short of full-fitness when winning the Charlie Hall at Wetherby on his return. He was partnered by Paul Moloney with Sam Thomas preferring What A Friend. He was settled just in behind the early pace but soon jumped his way into a share of the lead and was still contesting second when jumping the second last. He had gone in pursuit of Imperial Commander in the straight and probably paid the price for that in the closing stages rather as he had in last season's King George when missing out on third. He has live place claims in the Christmas showpiece, particularly if he's held on to for a little longer. The disappointment of the race was What A Friend who moved into contention well enough but flattered to deceive in the straight. Sam Thomas reported that he was never happy on the ground which several jockeys felt was more testing than the official description but he has plenty to prove if he's to emerge as a genuine Gold Cup contender on this evidence. Atouchbetweenacara and Chief Dan George were out of their depth but there was plenty to like about the way that the former travelled and he may yet pick up the prize that his ability deserves when returned to handicap company.