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  • 13:55 Morson Group Handicap Chase3m 3f 110y

  • £50,000 added 4yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner £28,505 2nd £10,695 3rd £5,355 4th £2,670
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 12.68s
  • Off time: 13:58:04

Full result

13:55 Cheltenham Result 13th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Midnight Chase 11-9 D C Costello N P Mulholland 8 8/1
Led after 4th, made rest, hit 16th, hit 3 out, clear next, blundered last, stayed on strongly opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1200 £5000-£600
2nd 8 Any Currency (IRE) 10-9 N Fehily M Keighley 7 6/1f
Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders from 4 out, 4th when blundered 3 out, went 2nd soon after last, no chance with winner hung badly right flat opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £8000-£1000 £5000-£600(x8) £4900-£700 £5000-£750(x2) £3250-£500 £2000-£300(x3)
3rd 1 Junior 10-11 T Scudamore D Pipe 7 12/1
Led until after 4th, always prominent, chased winner from 12th, ridden before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, weakened to 3rd flat opened 9/1 touched 12/1
4th 20 Bluesea Cracker (IRE) 11-4 Andrew J McNamara J Motherway 8 20/1
In touch, disputing 3rd after 4 out, weakened before 2 out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
5th 10 From Dawn To Dusk 11-10 R Johnson P J Hobbs 11 14/1
Held up in mid-division, headway to modest 7th after 4 out, went poor 5th after 2 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
6th 5 Lead On (IRE) 10-10 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 9 20/1
Towards rear, mistake 13th, modest headway from after 4 out, never in contention, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th 10 Ogee 11-5 J A McCarthy Mrs P Robeson 7 11/1
Held up towards rear, blundered 3rd, headway 11th, chased leaders 13th, every chance when blundered 4 out, well beaten 5th when blundered badly 2 out, tailed off opened 17/2 touched 11/1 £5000-£400
8th 8 Ballyfitz 11-1 S Twiston-Davies (3) N A Twiston-Davies 10 15/2
Mid-division, towards rear when mistakes 10th and next, ridden in mid-division 15th, no chance when blundered 3 out, tailed off opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £8000-£1000
9th 7 Eric's Charm (FR) 11-9 L Aspell O Sherwood 12 66/1
Went right at some fences, held up towards rear, struggling 14th, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
10th 1 Wind Instrument (IRE) 10-3 W Hutchinson A King 9 14/1
Mid-division, ridden towards rear 15th, soon lost touch, tailed off opened 14/1 touched 14/1
11th 5 Razor Royale (IRE) 11-9 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 8 10/1
Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, weakened approaching next, tailed off opened 11/1 touched 11/1
12th dist Character Building (IRE) 11-3 A P McCoy J J Quinn 10 8/1
Always in rear, never travelled, tailed off and never a factor opened 9/1 touched 10/1
PU Tricky Trickster (IRE) 11-12 S Thomas P F Nicholls 7 10/1
Never travelling in rear, mistake and driven 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
PU New Alco (FR) 11-2 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 9 33/1
Took keen hold, held up towards rear, hit 15th, some headway next, behind when pulled up before 3 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Gentle Ranger (IRE) 10-11 J W Farrelly D Pipe 8 20/1
Prominent until weakened before 16th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out, pulled up soon after opened 16/1 touched 20/1
PU Giles Cross (IRE) 10-11 Timmy Murphy V R A Dartnall 8 20/1
In touch, mistake 14th, lost place after 16th, soon behind and pulled up before 3 out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
PU Zacharova (IRE) 10-3 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 7 25/1
Chased leaders until ridden not keen lost place and in rear 10th, blundered 12th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 16th opened 25/1 touched 25/1
NR Qhilimar (FR) 10-3 R P Mclernon (3) A E Jones 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £7.10 Tote Place: £2.30,2.00,2.70,3.20
Straight Forecast: £51.19 Exacta: £31.10 Trifecta: £198.80 Swingers: 1&2:4.40 2&3:6.90 1&3:12.20

Jackpot: £19,279.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 14th Nov
Placepot: £118.90, Pool: £273848.56, 1680.94 winning tickets
Quadpot: £19.10, Pool: £19213.53, 743.34 winning tickets

Verdict

The remarkable progression of Neil Mulholland's stable star, MIDNIGHT CHASE, continued with the gelding posting another hugely impressive performance to record his third success at the track this season and maintain his trainer's purple patch. Midnight Chase won his first chase in March from 127 and won his fifth chase here from a mark of 146 and looks capable of continuing his rise on this evidence. He adopted his usual position at the head of affairs under Dougie Costello although he did have company over the first couple of fences from Junior and Gentle Ranger. He moved into a clear advantage as they moved out onto the far side of the track and was never headed thereafter with the only semblance of a mistake coming at the last which did give some hope to supporters of the well backed Any Currency who is a resolute stayer. Martin Keighley's charge hit his usual flat spot but did rally between the last two fences and the last fence mistake of Midnight Chase briefly opened the door but the leader found plenty for pressure whilst Any Currency drifted right-handed across to the stands' side rail where he ran on well to keep Junior at bay. This was a fine run from David Pipe's dual purpose performer (who recorded two valuable successes for the yard on the level in the summer) on ground that may not have been ideal; he did make the odd mistake but has the ability to pick up a decent prize, particularly if allowed his own time out of things in front. Irish National winner, Bluesea Cracker moved into contention travelling very smoothly down the hill but was readily left behind in fourth which was a little disappointing given how well she appeared to be going. Ogee's jumping frailties were exposed again on the first circuit but he'd moved into a challenging position on the second circuit and only gave way with another serious mistake at the top of the hill; he, too, is capable of picking up a decent prize if connections can work on his jumping. Last season's Racing Post Chase winner Razor Royale was right there as the field came down the hill but didn't appear to get home and was allowed to come back in his own time thereafter; this was a better run than his finishing position suggests but it was a very disappointing return to action from the AON Chase winner Tricky Trickster who was under pressure and beaten long before race fitness should have become an issue. Neil Mulholland later suggested that he may look at conditions races for Midnight Chase who was also given a quote for the Grand National.