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Aintree

  • 14:30 John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade 2) £75,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:30:34

Full result

14:30 Aintree Result 13th April 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Silviniaco Conti (FR) 11-4 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 7/4f
In rear, smooth headway before 13th, went 2nd after 5 out, led after 4 out, shaken up to draw clear before last, kept on strongly opened 13/8 touched 7/4 £1750-£1000 £700-£400(x3)
2nd 13 Champion Court (IRE) 11-4 A P Cawley M Keighley 7 15/8
Tracked leaders, headway before 4 out, soon joined winner, every chance 3 out, ridden and beaten before last opened 2/1 touched 9/4 £1800-£800(x2) £3000-£1600 £1500-£800(x7) £750-£400(x2)
3rd 12 Join Together (IRE) 11-4 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 7 9/2
Led, jumped right 1st and badly bumped, headed 3rd, led again 10th, headed 11th, mistake 14th, led again 5 out, headed after 4 out, weakened before 3 out opened 9/2 touched 9/2
4th 68 Solix (FR) 11-4 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 6/1
Tracked leaders, dropped to rear after 3rd, mistake next, chased leaders 9th, hit next, weakened from 5 out opened 11/2 touched 13/2
5th 21 Yes Tom (IRE) 11-4 P J Brennan R T J Wilson 7 20/1
With leader and badly bumped 1st, switched left to lead before 3rd, not fluent and headed 10th, led again 11th, headed 5 out, soon weakened opened 20/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.40,£1.60
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £76,491.55 carried forward to Aintree, 14th Apr
Placepot: £33.30, Pool: £454402.7, 9946.44 winning tickets
Quadpot: £22.10, Pool: £18309.83, 610.59 winning tickets

Verdict

SILVINIACO CONTI had something to prove after flopping in the Reynoldstown at Ascot but he managed to in some style here. He also proved he truly stayed 3m+ for the first time and had to on rain-softened ground following a sharp shower in the run up to the race. Yes Tom and Join Together almost joined together jumping the first fence but they soon settled down into a rhythm up front and that allowed the winner to just track the pace in behind. When the going tough towards the business end of the contest the former was readily outclassed while the latter tried to go with Silviniaco Conti and Champion Court but just didn't have the tactical speed. He looks an out-and-out stayer and might excel at marathon trips. Champion Court is a very good yardstick and he holds the form up well as he was beaten by the classy Sir Des Champs at Cheltenham and he bumped into another good one here. He looks just short of top class but can win races. As for Silviniaco Conti, the future looks bright as he has a touch of class and plenty of tactical speed for a stayer. The big disappointment was Solix who didn't look to be going at any stage and was well beaten.