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  • 13:30 Racing Post Celebrates 200,000 Social Followers Novices' Chase 2m 5f

  • (Registered As The Altcar Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) £30,500 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £17,370 2nd £6,518 3rd £3,264 4th £1,626
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 17.50s
  • Off time: 13:30:39

Full result

13:30 Haydock Park Result 18th January 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 11-7 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 7 8/11f
Tracked leaders in 4th and in rear, went 3rd from 7th, led 5 out, clear when blundered 2 out, jumped left last, kept on well opened 4/5 touched 4/5 £1000-£1100 £500-£600 £800-£1000 £400-£500(x2)
2nd 17 Coverholder (IRE) 11-4 Jonathan England Mrs S J Smith 7 16/1
With leader, led before 8th, headed 5 out, with winner 4 out, not fluent 3 out, soon beaten opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd 23 Knock A Hand (IRE) 11-4 T Scudamore R Lee 9 8/1
Led, headed before 8th, lost place from 5 out opened 15/2 touched 8/1
PU O'Faolains Boy (IRE) 11-0 B J Geraghty Miss R Curtis 7 9/4
Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 8th, pulled up before 5 out opened 9/4 touched 9/4
NR Gevrey Chambertin (FR) 11-0 Non Runner D Pipe 6
NR Mondo Cane (IRE) 11-0 A Pogson C T Pogson 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00

Jackpot: £40,339.04 carried forward to Kempton Park, 19th Jan
Placepot: £34.20, Pool: £107821.13, 2295.31 winning tickets
Quadpot: £6.30, Pool: £7350.84, 859.58 winning tickets

Verdict

This appeared to be a far from straightforward task for TAQUIN DU SEUIL on paper but with his two main rivals (on paper at least), O'faolains Boy and Knock A Hand, running a long way below form then the race, ultimately, took little winning. His jumping, bar a mistake two out, was a little better than the last twice and he wasn't winning out of turn having played second fiddle to Oscar Whisky since finishing third in the King Henry VIII; both those runs, it's worth noting, came when his yard was struggling for a little form. He will be given all of the available options at the Cheltenham Festival although the JLT Novices' Chase over the intermediate distance remains the most obvious destination and his form certainly entitles him to be in the mix without having you scrabbling for the ante-post docket. Coverholder had won his first two starts over fences before pulling up at Chepstow; a poor run at that idiosyncratic course can readily be forgiven and he returned to form. He stays further, handles better ground and can make his presence felt back in handicap company. Knock A Hand relishes these conditions but may have found this coming too soon after his run in the Welsh National. This circuit was unlikely to bring out the best in O'faolains Boy but he was desperately disappointing even allowing for that having shaped with great promise on his chase bow and his trainer reported that he scoped dirty after the race.