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  • 14:00 williamhill.com Feltham Novices' Chase 3m

  • (In Memory Of Nigel Clark) (Grade 1) £40,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 1.80s
  • Off time: 14:00:10

Full result

14:00 Kempton Park Result 26th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Grands Crus (FR) 11-7 T Scudamore D Pipe 6 6/5f
Held up in 5th, close up 10th, led 12th, made rest, driven clear from 3 out, ridden when well in command approaching last, stayed on well, eased near finish opened 5/4 touched 5/4 £11000-£8000 £2750-£2000 £2062-£1500 £1375-£1000(x3) £1100-£800 £550-£400 £750-£600 £500-£400 £375-£300
2nd Silviniaco Conti (FR) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 5 10/3
Mistake 1st, tracked clear pair, close up 10th, went 2nd 13th, effort before 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression opened 10/3 touched 10/3 £3500-£1000 £1667-£500
3rd 3 Bobs Worth (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 3/1
Held up in 4th, hit 12th, chased leading pair 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression opened 5/2 touched 3/1 £2200-£800 £1375-£500
4th 33 Emmaslegend 11-0 D A Jacob Miss S Smith 6 33/1
Held up in rear, struggling 12th, never near leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th 22 Mr Moonshine (IRE) 11-7 H Oliver Mrs S J Smith 7 20/1
Led and clear with one other to 10th, mistake 6th, headed 12th, soon lost place, weakened before 3 out opened 22/1 touched 25/1
PU Teaforthree (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy Miss R Curtis 7 11/1
With leader and clear to 10th, mistake 8th, lost place 13th, behind when pulled up before 3 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.90 Tote Place: £1.20,2.10
Straight Forecast: £5.50 Exacta: £4.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.40 2&3:1.30 1&3:1.60

Jackpot: £784.50, Pool: £36288.55, 32.84 winning tickets
Placepot: £20.90, Pool: £205919.86, 7185.25 winning tickets
Quadpot: £4.30, Pool: £11919.33, 2007.5 winning tickets

Verdict

Feltham winners haven't made a huge impression on the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in recent years including the 2009 winner Long Run who could only finish third at Cheltenham but GRANDS CRUS could set that record straight. David Pipe's grey came into this race unbeaten in two starts over fences and confirmed his position as the season's top novice with a stunning performance. The principals easily made up the ground on the front-running Mr Moonshine and Teaforthree as the field went out onto the final circuit but it was soon obvious that Bobs Worth wasn't travelling as well as his market rivals. Grands Crus didn't make any noticeable errors although he did stand right off a fence on the far side - much as he had when making a mistake on his chase debut - and that is the only possible negative about his jumping to date as being too bold could, one day, put him out of a race. He looked to have his rivals beaten turning for home and, although they stuck gamely to their tasks, they never looked like reeling the winner in and Tom Scudamore was able to ease up on him close home. He did everything so easily that's it's not difficult to think that the RSA Chase is his for the taking although connections will also give him an entry in the Gold Cup in which he would have to be taken very seriously if going down that route. Silviniaco Conti ran his best race to date over fences and completed a one-two for late stallion Dom Alco. Paul Nicholls was not in a rush to commit his charge to Cheltenham or to taking on the winner again but this was a very classy performance - one that would have been good enough to have won most recent renewals - and there should be a good deal more to come from the year younger horse. Softer ground would probably have suited better (as it would for the winner) while he saw out this longer trip well on his first attempt and can develop into a high-class staying chaser. However, he's not short of speed either and, if connections do decide to go to Cheltenham, the two and a half mile novice chase could be the most appealing option. Bobs Worth was relatively easy to back in the day and always looked as though the first two were going half a stride too quick for him on the final circuit. It's to his credit that he was still in touch jumping the last, particularly that he made a small but momentum-stopping mistake as the pace was really quickening. He lacked the pace of the first two home and it wouldn't entirely surprise to see him close the gap on a track with a stiffer finish such as Cheltenham. It's also to be remembered that he had had one fewer start over fences than the two that finished in front of him and this was a decent effort albeit one whose initial impression was of disappointment. Mr Moonshine had made a big impression with two wins in the north and wasn't disgraced in open company in the Peterborough but it's beginning to look as though he may have been overestimated by the handicapper (rated just 7lbs below Grands Crus). The gallop he helped set was unsustainable but he was beaten setting out on the final circuit and one would have liked to have seen him sustain his run for a little longer. That said, he should win more races in the right company. Connections were always concerned that this test would be too quick for Teaforthree and his jockey sensibly pulled him up once his race was run. It's to be hoped that this doesn't dent his confidence as he'd been progressing well prior to this race and could pick up a nice prize with staying handicap chases an option. Emmaslegend ran about as well as can have been expected and should be a force to be reckoned with back against her own sex.