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15:35 Haydock Park

Better Value On The Betfair Exchange Handicap Chase (Class 2)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 1f 125y
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places )
  • Surface: Turf
  • £50,000 added
  • Winner: £31,280
  • 2nd: £9,240
  • 3rd: £4,620
  • 4th: £2,310
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 44.50s
  • Off Time: 15:38:05
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - Red, large Emerald Green spots, Grey sleeves, Red spots, Emerald Green and Red quartered cap
  • Form 6121U-3
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 144

in touch, mistake 1st, hampered 10th, hampered and left in 3rd at 13th, every chance from 3 out, no extra closing stages

2
Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
  • Form 124233-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 143

prominent, led after 2nd, headed approaching 12th, left in lead again next, strongly challenged from 3 out, hard ridden approaching last, held on well

3
Silk - Emerald Green, Red Cross of Lorraine, Light Green sleeves, Red cap
33/1
  • Form 8610U-6
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 143

held up in rear, lost touch 12th, tailed off 5 out, remote 4th

4
Silk - Light blue, emerald green chevron, white and emerald green striped sleeves, emerald green cap
  • Form 3420-91
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 137

chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led before 12th, stumbled badly on landing and unseated rider next

5
Silk - Black, yellow disc, halved sleeves, black and yellow quartered cap
  • Form 53P8-55
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 134

led until after 2nd, remained prominent, until fell 10th

6
Silk - Mauve, Yellow star, armlets and star on cap
  • Form 4213-51
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 130

chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 11th, left in 2nd at 13th, outpaced approaching 4 out, stayed on strongly into 2nd towards finish, never reached winner

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In depth

Verdict

Third in the Grand National when last in action, Vintage Clouds has gone well fresh before and is not out of this. Captain Redbeard has a recent run over hurdles under his belt having won a chase in heavy going over a shorter trip here last year while Takingrisks also reverts to chasing after making a winning comeback in a handicap hurdle at Ayr. But BRAQUEUR D’OR returned to winning ways on fast ground at Taunton last week and though this is tougher, there should be more to come from Paul Nicholls’ charge now he’s got his head back in front. Buywise has lost his way since scoring at Sandown in January though is still preferred to Delusionofgrandeur if back to his best.

Formwatch

Captain Redbeard (IRE) 28-1 (11-8) Prominent, hit 2nd, led before 6th, headed approaching 2 out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 9, 6 3/4l behind Aspen Colorado (10-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Nov.

Vintage Clouds (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 19th, hit 23rd, headed 3 out, 3rd and held flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 29, 4l behind Joe Farrell (10-6) at Ayr 4m hcp (1) gd in Apr.

Buywise (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Held up, always in rear, struggling before 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, dist behind Exitas (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (2) gd in Oct.

Braqueur D'Or (FR) 5-4fav (11-9) 2nd or 3rd, not fluent 8th, challenged 3 out, led next, clear last, comfortably, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (3) gf in Nov beating Fox Appeal (11-9) by 6l, 3 ran.

Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Led, headed 3rd, led again 10th, ridden 13th, headed 4 out, tracked leaders, left 5th at last, 5th of 12, 17 1/2l behind Yala Enki (11-12) at Bangor 3m hcp (2) gs in Nov.

Takingrisks (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, led before not fluent last, pressed flat but stayed on well and always holding rival, won at Ayr 3m hcp (3) gd in Nov beating Justatenner (10-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.