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16:15 Ascot

grandnational2017.com Veterans' Handicap Chase (Leg 5 of The Veterans Chase Series) (Class 2)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 180y
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £30,000 added
  • Winner: £18,768
  • 2nd: £5,544
  • 3rd: £2,772
  • 4th: £1,386
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 54.20s
  • Off Time: 16:15:14
  • 9 Ran
1
Silk - Emerald Green, White chevrons, Orange cap
10/1
  • Form 6-1P21P
  • Age 12
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 149

held up and always last, never involved

2
Silk - Yellow, dark blue chevrons, yellow sleeves, dark blue stars and stars on cap

No Duffer

29 t D
6/1
  • Form 11-61P2
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 145

chased leaders, went 2nd 10th until ridden before 2 out, chased leading pair, no impression when lost 3rd last, weakened run-in

3
Silk - White, Grey spots, White cap
9/2
  • Form 7451F6
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 142

edgy, held up in last pair, never on terms

4
Silk - Dark green, yellow seams, yellow sleeves, dark green armlets, yellow cap
10/1
  • Form 612-810
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 142

chased leaders, ridden hung right and outpaced before 2 out, plugged on run-in, went 3rd post

5
Silk - Dark blue, beige star, maroon sleeves, beige cap

Loose Chips

29 b D
12/1
  • Form 217325
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 138

jumped well, made all, ridden before 2 out, strongly pressed near finish, held on gamely, all out

6
Silk - Black, Yellow disc, Black sleeves, Yellow stars, quartered cap
11/2
  • Form P6F232
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 137

chased winner, hit 2nd, lost 2nd 10th, chased leaders, hit next, weakened 3 out

10
Silk - Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap
15/2
  • Form 603254
  • Age 11
  • Weight 10-8
  • Official Rating 131

raced wide, held up towards rear, never involved

11
Silk - Dark blue and white check, white sleeves, dark blue stars, white cap, dark blue star
5/1
  • Form 554457
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 123

chased leaders, went left 2nd, 3rd going well 3 out, 2nd before next,driven upsides last, strong challenge near finish, just held

12
Silk - Black, Black and Pink check cap
  • Form P28465
  • Age 12
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 123

held up, dropped to last pair after 10th, rallied before 4 out, 4th next, modest 3rd at the last, no chance with leading duo, lost 3rd post

8
NR

Al Alfa

310 D
5/1
  • Form 13P0-41
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-8
  • Official Rating 131

Withdrawn

7
NR

Vino Griego (FR)

511 CDCD
11/2
  • Form PP07/P1-
  • Age 12
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 133

NonRunner

9
NR
10/1
  • Form 719284
  • Age 11
  • Weight 10-8
  • Official Rating 131

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Many of these are old rivals but Forgotten Gold won the race last year, though is 10lb higher. Al Alfa is a newcomer to veterans’ races but hasn’t raced since successful over a shorter trip at Worcester last May. Vino Griego has an even longer absence to overcome but No Duffer should be thereabouts if on a going day, as he was at Newbury last month when ahead of Sandown specialist Loose Chips. Fox Appeal and Astracad are worth a market check but MASTERS HILL has gone close the last twice off today’s mark and the grey’s turn may have come around again. He makes more appeal than stable companion Theatrical Star.

Formwatch

Shuil Royale (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off 4 out, pulled up soon after, at Sandown 3m hcp (2) sft in Jan.

No Duffer 16-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 2nd before 4 out, led 3 out, went badly right 2 out, strongly pressed when went right again last, ridden and headed run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Just A Par (11-10) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp (2) sft in Mar.

Fox Appeal (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 13th, ridden 4 out, 6th 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 21l behind Foxtail Hill (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Jan.

Forgotten Gold (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Prominent, outpaced before omitted 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 24, 17 3/4l behind Domesday Book (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (2) gd in Mar.

Loose Chips 6-1 (11-3) Led until after 16th, chased leader until before 4 out, chased leaders, weakened next, 5th of 12, 36 1/4l behind Just A Par (11-10) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp (2) sft in Mar.

Masters Hill (IRE) 11-2 (12-1) Led until before 2nd, led 4th, jumped left 7th, mistake 16th (water), pressed 2 out, headed narrowly last, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Shanroe Santos (11-4) at Sandown 3m hcp (3) gs in Mar.

Theatrical Star 10-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, pushed along before 4 out, soon ridden, plugged on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 7 1/2l behind Kingswell Theatre (11-9) at Exeter 3m 7f hcp (3) gs in Feb.

Bob Tucker (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, not fluent 13th, some headway 3 out, weakened next, mistake last, 7th of 13, 13 1/2l behind Brandon Hill (11-9) at Newbury 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Jan.

Court By Surprise (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, lost place 10th, soon in rear, plugged on from 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, dist behind Killala Quay (10-9) at Doncaster 3m hcp (2) gd in Feb.

Al Alfa 7-2fav (11-3) Led, ridden before 9th, headed last, led again flat, stayed on gamely, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in May beating Presenting Arms (11-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.

Vino Griego (FR) 5-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, led 8th, made rest, driven before last, stayed on gamely run-in, won at Sandown 3m hcp (2) gs in Nov beating Pineau De Re (11-12) by 5l, 7 ran.

Astracad (FR) 8-1 (10-13) In rear, headway before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 8, 14 1/4l behind Killala Quay (10-9) at Doncaster 3m hcp (2) gd in Feb.