Allmankind beats Itchy Feet and Midnight Shadow in Grade Two Old Roan Chase at Aintree; five-year-old defies top weight and justifies 9/4 favouritism; Allmankind cut to 10/1 for Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham Festival in March
Sunday 24 October 2021 16:07, UK
Allmankind made almost all to defy top weight in the Jewson Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase at Aintree.
A Grade One winner over hurdles as a juvenile and a top-level scorer too as a novice chaser last term, a mark of 160 ensured Allmankind shouldered the steadier of 11st 10lb in this Grade Two.
Trainer Dan Skelton had given him a prep run over hurdles at Chepstow this month - and while he could finish only third as favourite on that occasion, he made no mistake back over the bigger obstacles.
A noted front-runner, Harry Skelton's mount was swiftly into stride, with Killer Clown and Itchy Feet trying to make their presence felt in the early exchanges as Allmankind set a decent pace.
He built up a couple of lengths lead at one point, but at the top of the straight, there were really only three in contention - with Midnight Shadow travelling well in the hands of Ryan Mania.
A mistake from Allmankind three fences out briefly handed the initiative to Midnight Shadow, but the 9-4 favourite took the last obstacle much better to grab back the lead - and he kept finding for pressure all the way to the line.
Itchy Feet, who made a couple of errors in his fencing, finished with real purpose but was beaten a length at the line - with the same distance back to Midnight Shadow in third.
Paddy Power make Allmankind a 10-1 from 20s for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, while he is 20s from 33-1 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.