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  • 14:50 Betfred Haldon Gold Cup Chase 2m 1f 110y

  • (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) £60,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 7.70s
  • Off time: 14:50:15

Full result

14:50 Exeter Result 1st November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Medermit (FR) 11-4 R Thornton A King 7 7/2
Held up, headway 5th, led 4 out, pecked when strongly challenged last, driven out opened 4/1 touched 4/1
2nd Cornas (NZ) 11-3 J Reveley Nick Williams 9 16/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, led approaching 4 out, soon headed, stayed close up, every chance last, unable to quicken flat opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 11-3 J Tizzard (7) C L Tizzard 9 16/1
Held up in rear, closed after 8th, 3rd 3 out, driven after 2 out, not fluent last, one pace flat opened 14/1 touched 16/1
4th 6 Ghizao (GER) 11-5 R Walsh P F Nicholls 7 9/4
Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd (water), mistake next, lost 2nd next, ridden in 6th and beaten approaching 4 out, no impression, left 4th last opened 9/4 touched 5/2 £1250-£500 £1000-£400
5th 21 Zaarito (IRE) 10-12 R M Power C A Murphy 9 11/2
Led, headed approaching 4 out, soon beaten, eased, blundered 2 out opened 13/2 touched 13/2
6th s.h Thunder Child 10-4 A Glassonbury S C Burrough 11 200/1
Held up in touch on outside, last 5th, lost touch after 8th opened 200/1 touched 250/1
UR Captain Chris (IRE) 11-10 R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 2/1f
Held up behind leaders, jumped right 2nd, not fluent 3rd or 6th, mistake 4 out, given time to recover, ridden and closed after 2 out, every chance when mistake last, rider unseated soon after opened 9/4 touched 9/4 £1000-£400(x2) £2250-£1000

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.40 Tote Place: £1.50,5.40
Straight Forecast: £47.93 Exacta: £44.10 Swingers: 1&2:9.10 2&3:15.90 1&3:4.80

Placepot: £466.40, Pool: £98991.57, 154.92 winning tickets
Quadpot: £213.70, Pool: £5720.17, 19.8 winning tickets

Verdict

A strong renewal of a quality handicap which produced a thrilling finish in which MEDERMIT's stamina kicked into play as he repelled a sustained challenge from Cornas. It could all have been different, however, if Captain Chris hadn't blundered away his chance at the last causing Richard Johnston to unseat. There was plenty of debate about the favourite's best trip last season with connections seemingly only opting for the Arkle at the last minute and he certainly looked in need of further than the minimum on this evidence. His jumping was far from fluent but he was just getting himself back into the race and was on terms when getting the last all wrong as his rider asked him for a big one and one would have to think that he'd have gone on to win if meeting it correctly. It must be remembered that he posted similar rounds of fencing during his novice season while all of his best form has come on better ground in the spring. While it would have been preferable to see a foot-perfect return to action (and a completed round) this was by no means a discouraging run. The King George would appear to be an obvious target granted that Kempton can often be relied upon to have decent ground at that time of year (not the case for the last two renewals) but connections will surely be keen to get another run into him beforehand. Medermit was favourite for the Arkle only to disappoint as he had when quietly fancied for the Champion Hurdle 12 months earlier it's possible that the Festival doesn't bring the best out of him. His record away from Cheltenham, bar one blip at Huntingdon, is excellent and there was plenty to like about the way he kept finding for pressure. He's in the Paddy Power but connections are worried that that may come too soon whilst races like the Peterborough are under consideration. His record at the Festival would have to be a concern if he's aimed at the Ryanair in the second half of the season. Cornas was runner-up in this race 24 months ago and Nick Williams' charge ran another fine race. He's short of top-class and has no secrets from the handicapper but was well placed to win a Grade Three at Limerick at the start of last season and, perhaps, connections will be tempted to send him on his travels again. Oiseau De Nuit has done all of his winning at around the minimum and the extra furlong here seemed to stretch him as he wilted after the last He's made remarkable progress over the past two seasons but will not be easy to place now. Ghizao was the big disappointment of the race having been beaten a long way from home. He has always been held in high regard - and has shown smart form - but is developing a rather hit-or-miss profile with his jumping still an issue. He's relatively lightly raced and in the right hands but it must be doubtful whether he will ever develop into a genuine Grade One performer. There was money in the morning for Zaarito but the Irish raider was soon a spent force having made the running; he made the track only once last season and has a little to prove at present.