Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap, Wetherby 15:15
3m 45y, Class 1
|Saturday 4th November 2017
1 Bristol De Mai 6/1
Definitly Red 8/1
8 ran NR: Double Shuffle, VirgilioDistances: ½l, 23l, 20l
Time: 6m 28.20s (slow by 31.20s)
Nigel Twiston-Davies' Bristol De Mai beats stable companion Blaklion
Prior to the race, all the talk concerned 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree and the ever-popular Cue Card but neither horse managed to finish.
Coneygree made an error at the third fence and jumped erratically after that, while Cue Card had just moved into contention on the second circuit when he took a crashing fall.
Coneygree's jockey Nico De Boinville and Paddy Brennan on Cue Card were inclined to blame the low sun. Both horses were sound, apart from an overreach to Coneygree.
Bristol De Mai (6-1) was always travelling sweetly for Daryl Jacob in the soft ground he loves but he had to fight hard with a 6lb penalty to see off Blaklion by half a length. Definitly Red was beaten a long way back in third.
The Naunton handler, who was winning the Charlie Hall for a record fifth time, said: "Bristol De Mai doesn't turn seven for a few weeks so he should be coming into his own this season, which is amazing given what he has already achieved.
"It will be the Betfair (Chase, Haydock) next for him. He should get his soft ground and he likes it there.
"He was always travelling and I was just very happy with him.
"Blaklion pleased me, too. He was getting 6lb so the handicapper shouldn't be putting him up.
"That should leave him spot-on for the Becher Chase (Aintree)."
Jacob received a two-day whip ban (November 18-19) for not giving his mount time to respond. The dates coincide with Cheltenham's BetVictor Gold Cup meeting but he can ask to serve the ban on other days.
Connections of Coneygree were left dejected by the injury-plagued chaser's latest setback.
Assistant trainer Sara Bradstock said: "He simply frightened himself at the ditch. He doesn't do that normally and after that Nico said he was just scared.
"He pulled him up because he simply wasn't jumping like he normally does and he wasn't going to win. He is the best jumper in the world normally so something wasn't right.
"Thankfully he seems fine, he's got a little cut but nothing serious.
"Nico said the sun was very bright and it might be that he didn't see the fence.
"We'll go back to the drawing board now and try and get schooling him on the grass. We've only been able to do it on the all-weather up to now."
Colin Tizzard reported Cue Card to be none the worse for his fall.
He said: "He's OK, that's the main thing, and so is Paddy (Brennan).
"He moved upsides just as the real race was starting and he just got it all wrong, which he has done in the past."
Brennan added: "He couldn't see the fence. He just took his eye off it and at this level you can't do that.
"The further he went the better he travelled but early on he wasn't enjoying the ground so I rushed him up and then got there a bit sooner than I wanted."
Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 45y, Class 1
||Bristol De Mai (FR) 6/1
||D A Jacob
|N A Twiston-Davies
|N A Twiston-Davies
||Definitly Red (IRE) 8/1
||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 25/1
||Shantou Flyer (IRE) 40/1
||Nico de Boinville
||Village Vic (IRE) 33/1
|P J Hobbs
||Cue Card 5/2
||P J Brennan
|C L Tizzard
||Double Shuffle (IRE)
||A P Heskin
|T R George
The bet365 Charlie Hall Chase - Roll of Honour
YEAR HORSE AGE/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2016 Irish Cavalier
7-11-06 Andrew McIver Rebecca Curtis Jonathan Moore 16/1 7
2015 Cue Card
9-11-00 Jean Bishop Colin Tizzard Paddy Brennan 11/4F 7
9-11-10 Diana Whateley
Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 8/1 7
2013 Harry Topper
6-11-06 D J Keyte Kim Bailey Jason Maguire 5/1 7
2012 Silviniaco Conti
6-11-05 Chris Giles & Potensis Ltd Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 11/10F 6
2011 Weird Al
8-11-06 Brannon Dennis Dick Holden Donald McCain Timmy Murphy 7/1 7
9-11-00 Simon Clarke Tom George Sam Thomas 6/1 8
2009 Deep Purple
8-11-05 Paul Green Evan Williams Paul Moloney 9/2 5
2008 State Of Play
8-11-00 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams Paul Moloney 5/2F 6
2007 Ollie Magern
9-11-00 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies Paddy Brennan 11/4 7
2006 Our Vic
8-11-10 David Johnson David Pipe Timmy Murphy 6/1 10
2005 Ollie Magern 7-11-05 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/4F 8
2004 Grey Abbey 10-11-06 Ken & Elinor Roper, Norman Furness Howard Johnson Graham Lee 5/1 6
2003 Ballybough Rasher 8-11-00 Comtake-Welding Engineering Specialists Howard Johnson Graham Lee 40/1 6
2002 Marlborough 10-11-00 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 7/2 8
2001 Sackville 8-11-05 Seamus O'Farrell Frances Crowley IRE David Casey 5/1 9
2000 See More Business 10-11-12 Paul Barber Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 1/3F 4
1999 See More Business 9-11-12 John Keighley & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 11/4JF 6
1998 Strath Royal 12-11-03 Lady Anne Bentinck Owen Brennan Martin Brennan 14/1 5
1997 One Man 9-11-10 John Hales Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 4/7F 4
1996 One Man 8-11-10 John Hales Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 8/11F 4
1995 Barton Bank 9-11-02 Jenny Mould David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 8/15F 3
1994 Young Hustler 7-11-10 Gavin Macechern Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 8/1 7
1993 Barton Bank 7-11-02 Jenny Mould David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 12/1 7
1992 Tipping Tim 7-11-02 Jenny Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/4 7
1991 Celtic Shot 9-11-10 D E H Horton Charlie Brooks Graham Bradley 4/5F 6
1990 Celtic Shot 8-11-02 D E H Horton Charlie Brooks Peter Scudamore 7/4F 7
1989 Durham Edition 11-11-02 Robert Oxley Arthur Stephenson Alan Merrigan 33/1 7
1988 High Edge Grey 7-11-02 J B Stone Ken Oliver Tim Reed 13/2 10
1987 Cybrandian 9-11-02 Ian Bray Peter Easterby Chris Grant 7/4 4
1986 Forgive'n Forget 9-11-10 T Kilroe & Sons Ltd Jimmy FitzGerald Mark Dwyer 5/2 6
1985 Wayward Lad 10-11-06 Mrs S N Thewlis Monica Dickinson Graham Bradley EvensF 4
1984 Burrough Hill Lad 8-11-09 Stan Riley Jenny Pitman Phil Tuck 10/11JF 4
1983 Wayward Lad 8-11-10 Mrs S N Thewlis Michael Dickinson Robert Earnshaw 1/3F 3
1982 Righthand Man 5-11-07 Mrs M Haggas Michael Dickinson Graham Bradley 11/10F 10
1981 Gay Return 6-11-10 Mrs R Quinn Edward O'Grady IRE Tommy Ryan 12/1 11
1980 Manton Castle 6-11-09 Mrs M Pett Maurice Camacho Gordon Holmes 16/1 9
1979 Sparkie's Choice 6-11-09 Mrs P Brewitt Neville Crump Colin Hawkins 9/2 8
1978 Fighting Fit 6-11-09 Mrs L Carr Ken Oliver Ridley Lamb 6/5F 5
1977 Goolagong 7-11-09 H Orde-Powlett Neville Crump Mr Harry Orde-Powlett 8/1 8
1976 DH Current Gold 5-11-07 A Picken Gordon Richards David Goulding 4/1 9
Set Point 8-11-09 Lavinia, Duchess Of Norfolk Lady Herries Tommy Stack 20/1
1975 Davy Lad 5-11-07 Mrs J McGowan Mick O'Toole IRE Dessie Hughes 2/5F 5
1974 Tamalin 7-11-09 T Metcalfe Gordon Richards Jonjo O'Neill 9/4 7
1973 Dunrobin 6-11-05 Wing-Commander R Stevenson Bill Crawford S P Taylor 4/5F 6
1972 Coxswain 7-11-10 Major E Cliff-McCulloch Arthur Stephenson Mr Graham Macmillan 4/5F 8
1971 Abandoned - snow and frost
1970 Kildrummy 5-11-07 Mrs M Milne Green Bill Crawford Ron Barry 100/30 8
1969 Arcturus 8-11-10 Lady Hay Neville Crump Pat Buckley 11/4 3