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  • 17:15 Weatherbys Wealth Management Champion Standard Open NH Flat Race 2m 1f

  • (Grade 2) £30,000 added 4-6yo 19 ran
  • Winner £16,881 2nd £6,360 3rd £3,183 4th £1,590
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 0.50s
  • Off time: 17:15:24

Full result

17:15 Aintree Result 10th April 2015
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Barters Hill (IRE) 11-4 David Bass B Pauling 5 11/2
Made all, ridden 3f out, pressed 2f out, stayed on gamely, in command final 75 yards opened 13/2 touched 13/2
2nd Bellshill (IRE) 11-4 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 5 8/1
Tracked leaders, close 3rd going well 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, stayed on, no impression final 75 yards opened 11/2 touched 8/1
3rd 12 Potters Corner (IRE) 11-4 Ruby Walsh Paul Morgan 5 20/1
Held up towards rear on outside, stayed on from 2f out, went 3rd close home, no impression on leading pair opened 50/1 touched 50/1
4th 1 Buveur D'Air (FR) 10-12 N D Fehily N J Henderson 4 8/1
Held up in rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, went 3rd just over 1f out, no impression on front pair, lost 3rd close home opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th Archive (FR) 11-4 D J Mullins (5) E Griffin 5 10/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 9/1 touched 12/1
6th 2 Duncomplaining (IRE) 11-4 P Buchanan W Kinsey 6 100/1
Held up towards rear, stayed on final 2f, not trouble leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
7th 5 Persian Delight 11-4 Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls 5 7/2f
Held up in touch on inside, not much room over 3f out, hanging left 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 7/2 touched 7/2
8th ¾ Chitu (IRE) 11-4 Mr S Crawford S R B Crawford 5 40/1
Held up in rear, hanging left over 2f out, never involved opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th hd Double W's (IRE) 11-4 B S Hughes J M Jefferson 5 25/1
Mid-division, headway over 3f out, no further impression 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
10th Brain Power (IRE) 10-12 Peter Carberry N J Henderson 4 6/1
Held up in touch, not much room and pushed wide over 3f out, effort over 2f out, not able to get on terms, weakened over 1f out opened 7/1 touched 7/1
11th Davy Doubt (IRE) 11-4 G Sheehan W Greatrex 6 25/1
Tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, not much room over 3f out, weakened over 2f out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
12th nse Justanother Muddle 11-4 Matthew Batchelor Miss S West 6 40/1
Tracked leaders, ridden over 5f out, weakened over 3f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
13th ½ Jurby 11-4 D C Costello J M Jefferson 5 16/1
Mid-division, not clear run on inside over 3f out, no impression, weakened 2f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
14th 2 Western Rules (IRE) 11-4 B P Harding N G Richards 5 16/1
Mid-division, ridden and no impression final 3f opened 16/1 touched 20/1
15th 2 Armchair Theatre (IRE) 11-4 Conor Ring (5) Evan Williams 5 20/1
Held up in mid-division, pushed along and struggling on outside 3f out, soon well beaten opened 16/1 touched 20/1
16th 7 Wabanaki (IRE) 11-4 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 5 66/1
Held up, always in rear, well beaten final 3f opened 50/1 touched 66/1
17th 17 Virnon 10-12 R Johnson G A Swinbank 4 25/1
Held up in touch, lost place over 5f out, well beaten over 3f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
18th 18 Rushvale (IRE) 11-4 D A Jacob B I Case 6 33/1
Tracked leader until over 3f out, soon weakened opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Sakhee's City (FR) 10-12 A Nicol (3) P A Kirby 4 100/1
Held up towards rear, ridden struggling after 5f, pulled up 10f out opened 66/1 touched 100/1
NR Kerisper (FR) 11-4 Ryan Hatch (5) N A Twiston-Davies 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.70,£3.10,£7.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2 £8.90,1&3 £28.10,2&3 £52.40

Jackpot: £57,738.43 carried forward to Aintree, 11th Apr
Placepot: £359.10, Pool: £500919.03, 1018.02 winning tickets
Quadpot: £75.90, Pool: £28936.7, 281.78 winning tickets

Verdict

Ben Pauling: "I genuinely thought at the start of this year that he wouldn't be winning for two years because he was so big and backward. Winning at Huntingdon was the biggest surprise. What he has done since has been quite phenomenal; he's gone from being the worst work horse we have to a horse that no one can live with. Winning a Listed race at Newbury was fantastic - we probably thought we'd draw stumps there and it was by chance that I needed a work horse to go with a good horse after Newbury, probably three weeks before Cheltenham, and I thought I'd give him a chance, and he produced a bit of work that was not short of exceptional. I was very tempted to run him at Cheltenham but I just thought that waiting for this was a better option, although I thought the flat track wouldn't suit necessarily, I thought the hustle and bustle of Cheltenham with him being so green was too much of an ask. He never misses a beat, he's the most relaxed, laid-back horse we've trained and he's quite clearly the best. What has brought on the improvement is confidence. The horse has thrived on what he has done, and it just goes to show that they do know when they've done well. The Circle of Friends are eight people who are all my parents' greatest mates, my family, people who really took a risk on me starting out, and my God, it has paid off. Not many horses win four bumpers in a row. He's already jumping - he's a lovely jumper. I never thought I'd think about two miles, but maybe at a good gallop he'll kill them every time. Dave Bass said Patrick Mullins poked his head up the inside and he knew he wasn't going to be there for long, because as soon as a horse came to his girths he picked up."

David Bass: "At the start of his career we thought he was pretty limited, so it's pretty unbelievable that he has now won four bumpers. He's obviously very good and improving. He cruises along at a fair old gallop, but he's not doing much in front because he's still green and looking about. You can keep winding it up in front on him and I knew they wouldn't outstay me because he stays so well. He's a big, strong horse and takes the sting out of others. Fair play to Ben and everyone at his yard - the horse won best-turned-out beforehand and looked amazing. It was brilliant to finally get a Cheltenham Festival winner and you want to come to Aintree and ride winners because it's such a brilliant buzz. Ben has only just started training and he has supported me so it's great to reward him with a winner. I'm very grateful to the trainers who have used me - I started riding for Kim Bailey this season and although Nicky Henderson has a lot of jockeys he gives us all a chance. I'm riding for some good yards and hope to keep it going."

Willie Mullins: "I'm delighted with that, he left his Cheltenham run behind. I don't know what it was at Cheltenham but perhaps they went too slowly which just didn't suit him. We'll see how he comes out of this but he could go to Punchestown."

Paul Morgan: "He hasn't run since September so I can't fault that. He's so genuine and he'll jump a hurdle now next time but he galloped all the way to the line and you can't ask for more than that. That's him finished now for the season. Ruby came back and said he'd prefer softer ground."