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  • 16:50 totepool Manifesto Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) £75,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 3.90s
  • Off time: 16:50:15

Full result

16:50 Aintree Result 7th April 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Wishfull Thinking 11-4 R Johnson P J Hobbs 8 9/4
Jumped well, tracked leader, led from 3rd, clear 2 out, ridden after last, eased towards finish opened 2/1 touched 9/4
2nd 10 Medermit (FR) 11-4 R Thornton A King 7 15/8f
Held up in touch, chased winner before 9th, mistake 5 out, kept on from 3 out, no chance with winner opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £2000-£1000 £1000-£500
3rd 23 Royal Charm (FR) 11-4 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 10/3
Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 5 out, no impression from next opened 3/1 touched 10/3
4th 7 Tharawaat (IRE) 11-4 D N Russell G Elliott 6 10/1
Led to 3rd, in 3rd when blundered 9th, weakened from 5 out opened 12/1 touched 14/1
5th 41 Hollo Ladies (IRE) 11-4 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 6 33/1
In rear and not fluent, reminders and struggling from 8th opened 40/1 touched 40/1
F Shirley Casper (IRE) 10-11 A E Lynch D T Hughes 10 16/1
Held up towards rear, in 5th when fell 5 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
UR Hold Fast (IRE) 11-4 B Hughes J Howard Johnson 7 25/1
Held up in touch, blundered 8th and lost place, towards rear from 9th, well held when blundered and unseated rider 5 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.10,£1.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.40 2&3:£3.00 1&3:£2.50

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


A destructive performance from the bold-jumping WISHFULL THINKING, as Philip Hobbs' charge jumped from fence to fence to pulverise his rivals. He was in third going into the first fence, but was so quick that he came out of it in front. From then on it was relatively straight-forward, as, despite racing keenly, he measured his fences well and when his jockey asked for a big jump he was rewarded every single time. All of his rivals were off the bridle before three from home, and Medermit only closed briefly when Richard Johnson steadied the winner into the second-last to ensure victory; this was the run of a true champion. He was shortened for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after this run, and if he learns to settle better, then his electric jumping should see him very much in the shake-up next March, with the King George at Kempton an obvious starting point for a horse who shapes like three miles will suit. Medermit ran ok in second, but was basically chasing a shadow. He made a slight mistake five fences from home, but in the main he jumped accurately. He won't always bump into a horse in such fine form as the winner, and he will be no back number if aimed at races such as the King George next season. Royal Charm was well-held back in third, and just looked to find things happening too quickly for him. His best form has come on much more testing ground, and he certainly wasn't disgraced here, despite the margin of defeat suggesting otherwise. Like Medermit, he wasn't great at the fifth-last fence, and he never looked like getting close to the winner from that point. Tharawaat came next. He set out to make all but had to settle for a chasing role after the first. After a bad blunder at the ninth he dropped back, but to his credit he plugged on. He lacks the class for this level, but no doubt his trainer will place him to good effect on decent ground over the summer. As alluded to, the fifth fence was a key point of the race, as not only did the second and third make mistakes, but Shirley Casper took a crashing fall whilst Hold Fast, having made earlier mistakes, finally paid the price for his sloppy jumping as he got rid of his jockey with a bad blunder.