Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase 2012  

2011 result



For Non Stop Romps Away With Old Roan Chase

1 For Non Stop 4/1J
2 Wishfull Thinking 9/1
3 Stagecoach Pearl 16/1
11 ran Distances: 23l, 9l, 4½l
TIME 4m 50.80s (slow by 2.80s)

The Nick Williams-trained For Non Stop oozed class from the outset, on his first start for 226 days, and could not have won the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree more easily.

For Non Stop
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For Non Stop

Noel Fehily quashed bitter memories of a horror fall in the Grand National that ruled him out for almost six months as he made a jubilant return to Aintree, steering the seven-year-old home.

Fehily broke a leg in the fall from State Of Play and had been back just a fortnight to the day as he steered the Nick Williams-trained gelding, 4-1 joint-favourite, to the smoothest of triumphs in the day's feature.

For Non Stop made a big move rounding the homeward turn and had reeled in long-time leader Stagecoach Pearl approaching the second-last. Fehily conjured a great leap out of him at the last and the combination pulled 23 lengths clear of the staying-on Wishfull Thinking.

The jockey said: "I came back two weeks ago after a long time off. It takes a bit of time to get back to your very best, but I'm in better shape now and feel good. I can hardly believe the last time I was here I left in an ambulance."

Of For Non Stop, Fehily added: "It was a very smart performance. He's probably an improving horse."

Williams said: "Each year he seems to get better and this flat course and the strong pace suited him.

"His Cheltenham form is not as good as elsewhere, but as the BetVictor Gold Cup closes on Tuesday it has to be an option. I think two and a half miles is his best distance."


Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap)
£65,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
11 ran

Going: Good

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
For Non Stop
Nick Williams
N Fehily
10st 11lbs
4 - 1
Wishfull Thinking
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 10lbs
9 - 1
23 lengths
Stagecoach Pearl
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
10st 10lbs
16 - 1
9 lengths
Mad Max
N P Mulholland
D C Costello
10st 10lbs
25 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
Mahogany Blaze
N A Twiston-Davies
B Hughes
10st 4lbs
16 - 1
1 length
T R George
P J Brennan
11st 8lbs
10 - 1
3 lengths
Noble Prince
P Nolan
D N Russell
11st 4lbs
5 - 1
Short Head
Giorgio Quercus
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
10st 8lbs
12 - 1
55 lengths
P J Hobbs
J M Maguire
11st 5lbs
8 - 1
Hector's Choice
R Lee
J E Moore
10st 11lbs
9 - 1
Pacha Du Polder
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
10st 10lbs
4 - 1
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