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Chepstow

  • 13:45 Coral Welsh National 3m 5f 110y

  • (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) £80,000 added 5yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £45,608 2nd £17,112 3rd £8,568 4th £4,272
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 54.00s
  • Off time: 13:49:08

Full result

13:45 Chepstow Result 8th January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Synchronised (IRE) 11-6 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 8 5/1
Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders on outer after 6th, soon dropped into mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 15th, ridden approaching 3 out, led 2 out, stayed on strongly from last opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £2500-£500 £1500-£300
2nd Giles Cross (IRE) 10-2 Harry Skelton V R A Dartnall 9 12/1
Led and keen, clear approaching 3 out, headed and blundered 2 out, ridden and kept on from last, always held by winner opened 12/1 touched 14/1
3rd 9 I'moncloudnine (IRE) 10-3 D C Costello N P Mulholland 8 16/1
Prominent, hit 3rd, ridden and in 3rd approaching 2 out, kept on, no impression on front pair opened 16/1 touched 16/1
4th ½ Ballyfitz 10-4 David England N A Twiston-Davies 11 8/1
Tracked leaders and keen, ridden before 4 out, hit next, one pace from 2 out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 11 Maktu 10-6 Michael Murphy (3) P G Murphy 9 9/2f
Tracked leaders on outer and keen, took closer order 5th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before next opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £2200-£400(x2) £2500-£500(x3) £2000-£400(x3) £1800-£400(x2)
6th hd Watamu Bay (IRE) 11-3 Ryan Mahon (5) P F Nicholls 8 8/1
Held up towards rear, short lived effort on inside approaching 12th, soon pushed along and lost place, ridden after 5 out, plugged on, no impression opened 9/1 touched 9/1
7th Silver By Nature 11-12 P Buchanan Miss Lucinda V Russell 9 18/1
Mid-division, pushed along approaching 15th, plugged on from 5 out, weakened from 2 out opened 16/1 touched 18/1
8th nk Ballyfoy (IRE) 10-6 Matthew Batchelor Jamie Poulton 10 20/1
Towards rear, hit 4th, outpaced from 13th, never dangerous opened 20/1 touched 20/1
9th Exmoor Ranger (IRE) 11-1 D F O'Regan V R A Dartnall 9 16/1
Held up behind, hit 5th, mistake 6 out, headway to chase leaders before 5 out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1
10th Dashing George (IRE) 10-0 L Treadwell Dr R D P Newland 9 33/1
Held up behind, some headway approaching 4 out, soon ridden and never a factor opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th 1 Flight Leader (IRE) 10-0 Aidan Coleman C L Tizzard 11 50/1
Prominent, weakening when hit 4 out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
PU Dream Alliance 11-7 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 10 28/1
Behind, hit 1st and reminders, reminders again after 4th, hit 6th, tailed off from 15th, pulled up 6 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1
PU Arbor Supreme (IRE) 10-13 R P Mclernon (3) W P Mullins 9 16/1
Held up mid-division, weakened from 13th, pulled up before 2 out, tailed off opened 14/1 touched 16/1
PU Royal Rosa (FR) 10-2 B Hughes J Howard Johnson 12 25/1
Held up mid-division, not fluent 10th and soon lost place, pushed along after 11th, weakened 12th, pulled up before 6 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1
PU Magic Sky (FR) 10-2 Jake Greenall (7) M F Harris 11 28/1
In rear and keen, good headway on outer to track leaders 8th, weakened after 17th, tailed off when pulled up before last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Old Benny 10-0 W Hutchinson A King 10 14/1
Held up mid-division, chased leaders after 6th, soon mid-division, reminders approaching 15th, soon weakened, pulled up 4 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
F Bench Warrent (IRE) 10-0 Peter Toole (3) C J Mann 8 20/1
Tracked leaders, in 6th and looking one pace when fell 5 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1
R Dance Island (IRE) 10-7 C Poste B I Case 8 10/1
Held up in touch, chased leaders in 5th when blundered and stumbled badly 5 out, soon weakened, refused 3 out opened 9/1 touched 12/1
NR Eric's Charm (FR) 11-0 2nd Preference O Sherwood 13
NR Theatre Dance (IRE) 10-0 Timmy Murphy D W P Arbuthnot 10

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.30 Tote Place: £2.40,3.70,3.90,2.70
Straight Forecast: £60.99 Exacta: £89.00 Trifecta: £1,984.50 Swingers: 1&2:22.50 2&3:49.70 1&3:30.60

Jackpot: £4,932.27 carried forward to Southwell, 9th Jan
Placepot: £247.30, Pool: £134602.9, 397.19 winning tickets
Quadpot: £61.00, Pool: £10245.46, 124.1 winning tickets

Verdict

A magnificent feat as Tony McCoy, searching for victory in the last-remaining National (English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh) without his name on the roll call of winners, drove SYNCHRONISED home for a momentous victory. The engraver may have been readying his tools as they turned for home as the field had been whittled down to just half a dozen realistic contenders. Giles Cross, the eventual second, ran the race of his life as he only gave way to the winner over the last two fences and even then he was still fighting valiantly. He was still travelling best of all turning for home but McCoy had worked Synchronised to within a couple of lengths and as Dance Island made a mistake, and Bench Warrant fell at five from home, the winner continued to creep closer. He's not the most stylish or graceful at his fences but he produced an excellent leap at the last which ensured he came home in front. He did hamper the second slightly by jumping left but not enough to alter the result. McCoy was tactically astute and as strong as ever late on; this was vintage stuff from the Champion jockey. I'moncloudnine, always prominent, ran a cracker back in third, holding onto that position from the fast-finishing Ballyfitz. He was well-backed here but his jumping let him down once again. Whereas his low head carriage doesn't seem to help, the runner-up Giles Cross has a similar gait but he was foot-perfect at every fence bar the fourth last and second last. Flight Leader ran well for a long way but was brushed aside when the race for home started to heat up, whilst Maktu and Watamu Bay, fifth and sixth respectively, also performed with credit. The former was still there turning in but he had raced keenly throughout the early stages and that left him running on empty late on. Silver By Nature and Ballyfoy followed them in, despite the latter making several jumping errors. Also prone to hit the odd fence were last-year's winner Dream Alliance, who looked reluctant throughout, Royal Rose and Exmoor Ranger. The winner has now won two Nationals, adding this race to his Midlands win at Uttoxeter, and he may well win more. Whether he would head for the big one at Aintree is another matter as his jumping is fiddly and clumsy on occasion, and the worry would be that were he to do that over the Grand National fences then his run might come to a very sticky conclusion. Connections suggested he might though and bookmakers reacted accordingly with quotes of 20-1 for April.