One Magnificent City Manifesto Novices' Chase
|Grade 1, Aintree 13:40
2m 4f, Class 1
|Thursday 9th April 2015|
1 Clarcam 5/1
2 Vibrato Valtat 9/4
3 Val De Law 16/1
6 ran Distances: 4l, 7l, ¾l
TIME 4m 58.40s (slow by 10.40s)
The One Magnificent City Manifesto Novices' Chase goes to Clarcam. A winning start for Gordon Elliott, Ruby Walsh and Gigginstown.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam bounced back from a disappointing run at last month's Cheltenham Festival to win at 5/1.
"It's great to get the week off to a good start. I wasn't happy with him at Cheltenham and you could see that he was never going after a couple of fences. We thought he was going to be placed at Cheltenham, but he just never got into the race - Un De Sceaux is such freak, he sickened everything," said Elliott.
"It was good to see him back and Ruby gave him a great ride today, Bryan (Cooper) is unlucky to be suspended. He does a lot of work with these horses at home and he will be on this horse again.
"He jumped great today. I think he got a bit close to one but this is what it is all about - Grade Ones and Aintree, all the big Festivals - so we are very happy.
"The way he travelled and jumped, we would definitely be staying at this trip or going further. I don't think that we will go back to two miles with him. I think we'll put him out in a field now and look forward to next season. I doubt he'll go to Punchestown but we never say never."
Looking ahead to the Crabbie's Grand National, Elliott added: "Cause Of Causes is in good form and schooling well so he's in great nick. We're looking forward to Saturday."
Winning rider Ruby Walsh added: "Clarcam travelled super and jumped brilliantly. He bounced out of Cheltenham, which was great.
"It's good ground and he probably appreciated it too - he ran well here last year."
Pinsent Masons Manifesto Novices' Chase
£90,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
|Dist||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Clarcam (FR) 5/1||R Walsh
|2nd||4||Vibrato Valtat (FR) 9/4||Sam Twiston-Davies
|P F Nicholls||6|
|3rd||7||Val De Law (FR) 16/1||Brendan Powell
|4th||¾||Josses Hill (IRE) 13/8f||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||7|
|5th||26||Three Kingdoms (IRE) 7/1||A P McCoy
|J P Ferguson||6|
|UR||Cash And Go (IRE) 16/1||L Treadwell
|Miss V Williams||8|
OWNERS DELIGHTED WITH RUNNER-UP VIBRATO VALTAT
Second-placed Vibrato Valtat, trained by Paul Nicholls, may have a last outing of the season at Sandown.
Dan Downie, racing manager of owners Axom, said: "We're delighted, very happy with him. He had a hard race at Cheltenham [where he was fourth in the Arkle Chase] but came back here and ran as good as we could hope.
"We won't go to Punchestown - the only race we would consider would be at Sandown on the last day of the season, the Celebration Chase. He takes his races so well that he'll probably be fresh and bucking on Monday morning."
The Jamie Snowden-trained Val De Law finished third.
Snowden said: "What a run. What a fabulous run. That's only his third ever novice chase - he fell in his first one and was second in his next, so to step him in at the deep end in a Grade One, we thought win, lose or draw, if we win happy days, if we don't and get placed we've got a fabulous novice for next season.
"He's in at Punchestown, which is next season - he won't go to Sandown because it's this season - in the two-mile novice chase. He might have found two and a half miles a bit beyond him so we will drop him back to two miles."