Betfred Grand Sefton Chase
|Handicap Chase, Aintree 15:15
2m 5f 110y, Class 2
|Saturday 6th December 2014|
1 Poole Master 25/1
2 Cedre Bleu 20/1
3 Bennys Mist 8/1
4 Rolling Aces 8/1
16 ran Distances: 1¾l, 3¼l, 1¾l
TIME 5m 32.10s (slow by 11.10s)
Poole Master wins for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore
Poole Master was a 25-1 winner of the Betfred Grand Sefton Chase at Aintree, the second race of the day over the National fences.
Given a positive ride by Tom Scudamore, the David Pipe-trained nine-year-old made most of the running, accompanied for a long way by Orpheus Valley, but he looked like he might be a sitting duck for Aintree specialist Sam Waley-Cohen on Cedre Bleu.
On the mark in the Becher Chase, Waley-Cohen waited as long as he could on Cedre Bleu, still with a double handful at the last , but Poole Master dug deep where it mattered and try as he might, Waley-Cohen had to settle for second this time, a length and three-quarters in arrears.
Scudamore said: "He was electric, he loves it round here. I've had a couple of goes here but never really been in contention and that's my first win over these fences. It's a tremendous thrill, the thrill of a lifetime.
"Winning any race is a thrill, but to win here is fantastic and it was a great effort by David to get him back.
"It's a long time since a Scudamore won over these fences!
Waley-Cohen said "He's run a cracker and he likes it here, but he's not an easy horse to win with."
John Baker, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses North West, welcomed the biggest crowd ever seen on Betfred Becher Chase Day: "I am absolutely thrilled with the attendance of around 30,000 at Aintree today.
"The atmosphere has been terrific, with a lot of new racegoers attending and they have been very engaged with the day, cheering home the winners. The hospitality areas have also been very busy.
"It feels like a Grand National Festival day today, which is what we wanted.
"The best thing is that everybody seems to have had a good time."
Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
£70,000 added, 6yo plus, 2m 5f 110y, Class 2
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
|Pos||Dist||Horse / Jockey||Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Poole Master 25/1
|2nd||1¾||Cedre Bleu (FR) 20/1
Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
|10-8||C J Mann||7|
|3rd||3¼||Bennys Mist (IRE) 8/1
|10-8||Miss V Williams||8|
|4th||1¾||Rolling Aces (IRE) 8/1
|11-12||P F Nicholls||8|
|5th||¾||Rebel Rebellion (IRE) 8/1
|11-0||P F Nicholls||9|
|6th||1¾||Hunt Ball (IRE) 8/1
|11-11||N J Henderson||9|
|7th||2¼||Persian Snow (IRE) 10/1
T J O'Brien
|10-10||P J Hobbs||8|
|8th||nk||Dolatulo (FR) 15/2f
D F O'Regan
|9th||2||Orpheus Valley (IRE) 33/1
A P Heskin
|10th||10||Bob Ford (IRE) 12/1
J E Moore
|10-2||Miss R Curtis||7|
|11th||11||Witness In Court (IRE) 20/1
J M Maguire
|10-7||D McCain Jnr||7|
|12th||4||Champion Court (IRE) 10/1
Ryan Hatch (5)
|13th||48||King Of The Wolds (IRE) 8/1
|10-0||J M Jefferson||7|
|PU||Foundation Man (IRE) 20/1
R P Mclernon
|PU||Too Cool To Fool (IRE) 66/1
|10-0||J S Goldie||11|
|F||Up To Something (FR) 12/1
D A Jacob
|10-8||C E Longsdon||6|