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Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase - 26th October 2013  

2012 Old Roan Chase

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Conquisto Conquers Old Roan Rivals
26/10/13

1 Conquisto 17/2
2 Astracad 4/1
3 Viva Colonia 16/1
11 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1l, 5l
TIME 4m 50.30s (slow by 2.30s)

Tony McCoy guided Conquisto to a clear-cut victory in the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree on an afternoon when the champion rode three winners.

Conquisto
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Conquisto

Making his first start since early May and racing off a career-high mark of 150, the Steve Gollings-trained Conquisto was a 17-2 chance for this prestigious Grade Two prize and travelled sweetly throughout.

Astracad put up a bold effort from the front, with Mr Moonshine also bang there from the start, but Conquisto stalked that pair into the straight and responded when asked to come up early at the final fence, producing a giant leap to land running and take the lead. He galloped all the way to the line to score by a length and a quarter from Astracad.

Gollings said: "He's not very big, but he's 100 per cent heart. If he was a hand bigger he'd be an absolute world-beater. He's had a few maintenance issues in previous seasons and because of that probably hasn't achieved as much as he should have done, but last season went well and we've had no problems at all in the run-up to this race.

"He's just a fabulous horse to train. AP said to me he didn't know what he was made of, I told him 'probably the same stuff as you'!" Asked about a possible tilt at next month's BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, Gollings said: "That could be a possibility, we'll see. This race had been the target and we'll enjoy the day."

McCoy's treble moved him to within 13 winners of the magical 4,000 mark over jumps.

 

Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase (a Limited Handicap)
£75,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Good (Good to Soft in places)

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Conquisto
S Gollings
A P McCoy
11st 0lbs
17 - 2
Winner
2
Astracad
N A Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
10st 5lbs
4 - 1
1 1/4 length
3
Viva Colonia
B Ellison
Danny Cook
10st 4lbs
16 - 1
1 length
4
Mr Moonshine
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
10st 4lbs
8 - 1
5 lengths
5
Oiseau de Nuit
C L Tizzard
J Tizzard
11st 8lbs
28 - 1
11 lengths
6
Wishfull Thinking
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 10lbs
7 - 1
6 lengths
7
Edgardo Sol
P F Nicholls
Nick Scholfield
11st 5lbs
7 - 1
1 length
8
Saint Are
Tim Vaughan
D C Costello
10st 4lbs
10 - 1
5 lengths
9
Carrickboy
Miss V Williams
Joshua Moore
10st 8lbs
20 - 1
1 1/4 length
10
Pure Faith
P Bowen
B Hughes
10st 4lbs
25 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
UnseatedRider
Walkon
A King
R Thornton
11st 1lbs
7 - 2
       
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