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  • 15:35 bet365 Charlie Hall Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade 2) £100,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 8.60s
  • Off time: 15:38:18

Full result

15:35 Wetherby Result 2nd November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Harry Topper 11-6 J M Maguire K C Bailey 6 5/1
Held up, jumped slowly 1st, blundered next, not fluent 9th, headway on outside 11th, challenged 4 out, led 2 out, driven flat, held on opened 13/2 touched 13/2
2nd nk Wayward Prince 11-10 Jack Doyle Mrs H Parrott 9 50/1
Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, soon led, not fluent and headed 2 out, stayed on, just held opened 40/1 touched 50/1
3rd 4 Unioniste (FR) 11-6 S Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 5 13/2
Tracked leader until before 2nd, in touch, niggled along before 5 out, challenged 4 out, mistake 3 out, every chance when not fluent last, no extra flat opened 5/1 touched 13/2
4th 32 Benefficient (IRE) 11-5 A P McCoy A J Martin 7 17/2
Led until 13th, beaten when left 4th 3 out, weakened next opened 13/2 touched 17/2
5th 5 Long Run (FR) 11-10 Mr S Waley-Cohen N J Henderson 8 4/5f
Tracked leaders, mistake 11th, outpaced when not fluent 4 out, mistake and weakened 3 out, jumped left 2 out opened 11/10 touched 11/10 £550-£500(x2) £1000-£1000 £500-£500(x2) £400-£400(x2)
PU Cape Tribulation 11-10 D C Costello J M Jefferson 9 15/2
Held up in rear, outpaced before 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next opened 13/2 touched 8/1
F Master Of The Hall (IRE) 11-0 D Elsworth Micky Hammond 9 66/1
Prominent, went 2nd before 2nd, led 13th, headed after 4 out, still close 4th when fell next opened 50/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.20 Tote Place: £2.20,8.90
Straight Forecast: £116.03 Exacta: £170.40 Trifecta: £1,069.50 Swingers: 1&2:17.20 2&3:8.90 1&3:4.40

Placepot: £229.30, Pool: £75495.06, 240.3 winning tickets
Quadpot: £152.40, Pool: £6529.56, 31.7 winning tickets

Verdict

The news that Long Run scoped badly after the race goes a long way to explaining away the performance of the favourite who had upwards of 11lbs in hand of his rivals on official ratings. It's to be hoped that he suffers no lasting effects and returns to his consistent best. He was not the only horse to run below par with the second highest rated runner, Cape Tribulation, failing to complete. He did finish well beaten at this meeting 12 months ago before bouncing back and connections will be hoping that he can repeat the trick. Last season's Jewson Novices' Chase winner, Benefficient also failed to reproduce his best form over this longer trip and will surely revert to shorter distances. The proximity of Wayward Prince will be used to hold the form down but the nine year old has shown flashes of smart form, including when second in this race last year. While he couldn't be relied upon to reproduce this effort next time, it's more reasonable to hope that HARRY TOPPER can build on this career best performance. Compared favourably with his trainer's Gold Cup winner Master Oats, the six year old was brought along relatively gradually during his novice season but connections may now be forced to step him up to the top level after this performance. Whether he's quite ready for that at this stage of his career is debateable as his jumping still leaves something to be desired and he can get behind in his races. His trainer admitted as much, commenting that he was 'here a year earlier' than he'd expected and he could be difficult to place in the short-term. The third home, Unioniste, is still just five and he ran a perfectly respectable race on his reappearance. His usual sound jumping was in evidence and he was right there until the last. He's entitled to come on for this run and strip fitter next time and would be an interesting contender if allowed to take his chance in the Hennessy although his powerful yard appear to have stronger candidates for Newbury.