Betfred Grand Sefton Chase
Handicap Chase, Aintree 15:15
£70,000 added,
6yo plus,
2m 5f 19y, Class 2  
Saturday 3rd December 2016


1 As De Mee 4/1F
2 Seefood 8/1
3 Henryville 10/1
4 Seventh Sky 12/1
17 ran Distances: 5l, 2l, 17l
TIME 5m 37.50s (slow by 16.50s)

As De Mee just Grand in Sefton

As De Mee
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As De Mee

As De Mee, owned by Andy Stewart's family and actress Dame Judi Dench, stamped his authority on the race over the Grand National fences from the penultimate obstacle.

Paul Nicholls' charge, backed down to 4/1 favourite, galloped on resolutely for Sean Bowen to come home five lengths clear of Seefood. Henryville was two lengths away in third, with Seventh Sky fourth.

Witness In Court had made the running until falling at the ninth fence with Seventh Sky going on at the Canal Turn, but it was just a matter of time before As De Mee took command.

Speaking from Sandown, Nicholls said: "He's a really good horse for a novice. Sean gave him a fantastic ride - you can't go for him too soon, you've got to keep taking a pull on him.

"It was a really good ride and good to have a winner for Andy and Dame Judi Dench.

"He's got plenty of talent, but he's just a bit naughty. At Cheltenham the other day he got a bit behind and didn't want to know.

"He just loves to be up there and hopefully we'll aim him for the Topham back there in the spring."

Mathematician Betting

Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase
£70,000 added, 6yo plus, 2m 5f 19y, Class 2
17 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st As De Mee (FR) 4/1f Sean Bowen
P F Nicholls 6
2nd 5 Seefood (IRE) 8/1 D A Jacob
Dr R D P Newland 9
3rd 2 Henryville 10/1 N P Madden
H Fry 8
4th 17 Seventh Sky (GER) 12/1 Wayne Hutchinson
C J Mann 9
5th 8 La Vaticane (FR) 9/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 7
6th 1 Federici 25/1 B Hughes
D McCain Jnr 7
7th The Italian Yob (IRE) 25/1 Alan Johns (3)
Nick Williams 8
8th Vintage Vinnie (IRE) 14/1 Jonathan Moore (3)
Miss R Curtis 7
9th ¾ Astracad (FR) 12/1 Jamie Bargary (3)
N A Twiston-Davies 10
PU Bennys Mist (IRE) 10/1 L Treadwell
Miss V Williams 10
PU Valadom (FR) 8/1 C O'Farrell
Richard Hobson 7
PU Troika Steppes 10/1 Conor Shoemark
F O'Brien 8
PU Milgen Bay 33/1 Thomas Garner (3)
O Sherwood 10
F Howlongisafoot (IRE) 33/1 Ryan Hatch
C Gordon 7
F Voyage A New York (FR) 33/1 Henry Brooke
Miss Lucinda V Russell 7
UR Witness In Court (IRE) 40/1 Sean Quinlan
D McCain Jnr 9
UR Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 25/1 L P Aspell
O Sherwood 11