led, clear 2nd until before 9th, headed and blundered 2 out, soon lost 2nd, chased leading pair, no impression when dropped to 4th approaching last, kept on again in closing stages and almost snatched 3rd
held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 9th, switched left before 3 out, went 4th and blundered 2 out, hung left under pressure and went modest 3rd before the last where went left, just held on for that placing
Monetaire's jumping let him down at Cheltenham earlier this month but he still finished ahead of Ut Majeur Aulmes and Next Sensation in a race in which Rio De Sivola unseated his rider and Anquetta fell three out when still going well. Nicky Henderson's charge is probably a few pounds too high at present, however, whereas the handicapper may not yet have a handle on David Pipe's French import. SOLAR IMPULSE is only a four-year-old and lacks the experience of his rivals but he beat a good yardstick in Turn Over Sivola, who runs earlier on the card, at Wetherby at the start of the month and could follow up in this. Arthur's Secret, another youngster, rates a danger but Rody is best watched on his reappearance.
Next Sensation (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) With leader and clear of rest, lost place 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 13th of 19, well behind Bold Henry (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft.
Anquetta (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, close up and every chance when fell next, in a race won by Bold Henry (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft, 19 ran.
Rody (FR) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders who went clear from 2nd until 4th, ridden after 3 out, one pace last, no extra flat, 4th of 6, 14l behind Sergeant Thunder (10-12) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Solar Impulse (FR) 10-11fav (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, blundered 8 out, led before 4 out, kept on, driven out, won at Wetherby 2m nov hcap ch (3) gd beating Turn Over Sivola (11-8) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Monetaire (FR) 6-1fav (10-4) Blundered 1st, behind, headway 8th, tracked leaders 4 out, led narrowly 2 out, headed last, ridden and kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 19, 4 1/2l behind Bold Henry (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft.
Rio De Sivola (FR) 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division when hampered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Bold Henry (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft, 19 ran.
Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway 4 out, tracked leaders next, effort 2 out, one pace before last, no impression flat, 5th of 19, 17l behind Bold Henry (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft.
Arthur's Secret (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Led, not fluent 6th, joined 3 out, pushed along and headed approaching 2 out, no chance with winner, went right and mistake last, 2nd of 4, 12l behind Ptit Zig (11-5) at Warwick 2m nov chs 4-5yo (3) sft.