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Aintree

  • 15:05 totesport Bowl Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade 1) £150,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £84,780 2nd £31,965 3rd £15,975 4th £7,980
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 31.69s
  • Off time: 15:06:42

Full result

15:05 Aintree Result 7th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Nacarat (FR) 11-7 P J Brennan T R George 10 7/2
With leader, led 5th, ridden clear before last, stayed on strongly, eased towards finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2
2nd 6 Carole's Legacy 11-0 A P McCoy N J Henderson 7 4/1
Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd 3 out, ridden to chase winner before 2 out, kept on, no impression opened 5/1 touched 5/1
3rd Follow The Plan (IRE) 11-7 T Doyle O McKiernan 8 40/1
Held up in rear and took keen hold, headway from 3 out, went 3rd from next, soon ridden, kept on same pace opened 33/1 touched 40/1
4th 7 Deep Purple 11-7 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 10 12/1
Led to 5th, remained close up, ridden and weakened before 2 out opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 8 Denman (IRE) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 11 5/4f
Tracked leaders on inner, on outer and lost place before 4th and niggled along, headway to go 3rd after 7th, chased winner after 5 out, ridden after next, weakened before 2 out opened 6/5 touched 11/8 £2750-£2000 £2200-£1600(x5) £1650-£1200 £1275-£1000 £1100-£800(x5) £500-£400
6th 14 Punchestowns (FR) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 8 6/1
Held up towards rear, in rear and weakened before 4 out opened 11/2 touched 6/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.10 Tote Place: £2.30,2.70
Straight Forecast: £17.43 Exacta: £23.30 Swingers: 1&2:2.50 2&3:12.20 1&3:11.30

Jackpot: £10,217.40, Pool: £35976.84, 2.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £107.40, Pool: £356860.38, 2423.48 winning tickets
Quadpot: £75.80, Pool: £14836.96, 144.8 winning tickets

Verdict

A good ride; a disappointment; a gallant second, this race had it all. Victory went the way of NACARAT, who was always in the front-rank and jumped impeccably (bar the second-last). Jockey Paddy Brennan quickened the pace around halfway before slackening it off, but the race winning move came just before the swing round for home as he kicked from the front. He winged the third-last fence, taking himself further away from the field, and then sealed the victory with a fine leap at the last. Had he fiddled that fence then he may have given the runner-up Carole's Legacy a real chance, however his jockey was brave, as was the horse, and the win was theirs. He's a much better horse on decent ground like this, and he wasn't forced to go too fast as in previous races such as the King George. To be fair this race worked out perfectly, but this smashing grey certainly deserved his day in the sun as he won his first ever Grade One. The runner-up has been a real credit to connections, and this sizeable mare will now go off to the paddocks where she will be covered by Kayf Tara. Her owner-breeder Paul Murphy has done fantastically well with the family and if she produces anything half as brave as her then she will be considered a success. She ran on well off the final turn but just lacked the class to really threaten the winner. Third home was Follow The Plan, who probably ran a career best. Keen in the early stages, he then started to creep into the race from four out. Ultimately he was well-held, having looked a threat to Carole's Legacy two from home, but this was some effort. Next was Deep Purple who disputed some of the early running but wasn't quite so fluent as the winner. He eventually weakened out of things around three from home, and he would probably relish a drop in class and a return to a shorter trip. Next home was Denman. This old warrior had run a cracker when second to Long Run in the Gold Cup, but laboured here. Aintree has never brought out the best in him, and the writing was on the wall again here from some way out. As early as the second furlong Ruby Walsh was urging his mount to go faster and he was niggling more seriously with a lap left to run. Back and forth in position from second to fifth, he wasn't fluent down the far side and from that point the race was gone. He gave vain chase of Nacarat turning in but he was a spent force by the last fence. Where he goes next, be it a field for life or just for the summer, is a big question. On his Cheltenham run he can still win races of this calibre when granted favourable conditions, but on this run he looks to have earned his retirement. Punchestowns was another disappointment; he has not lived up to expectations over fences and might be worth trying over hurdles again, perhaps over two and a half miles rather than this trip.