188Bet Old Roan Chase
Limited Handicap, Aintree 15:00
£70,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 3f 200y, Class 1   
Sunday 29th October 2017

1 Smad Place 12/1
2 Cloudy Dream 9/2
3 Oldgrangewood 9/1
12 ran NR: Ballybolley Distances: ¾l, 9l, 4½l
Time: 5m 1.40s (slow by 13.40s)

Ten-year-old Smad Place gets the better of Cloudy Dream

Smad Place
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Smad Place

Smad Place showed he is still a force to be reckoned with as Alan King's 10-year-old won a battle of the greys.

Cloudy Dream loomed up menacingly in the straight and looked a big threat, but Smad Place (12-1) would not be denied.

Jumping into the lead three from home, the 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup hero was given a reminder by Wayne Hutchinson before taking the last better than Cloudy Dream and galloping on stoutly to score by three-quarters of a length.

Oldgrangewood was nine lengths away in third.

Hutchinson said: "That was fantastic. There's still life in the old boy yet. The ground is a bit slower than last year and he's a bit lower in the weights. It turned into a staying race up the straight and that obviously suited him.

"He's a little bit caught between two stools as he's not good enough to win a Gold Cup or a King George, but he doesn't know how to run a bad race and doesn't owe the yard or me anything."

Cloudy Dream
© Racehorse Photos
Cloudy Dream

Trainer Malcolm Jefferson said of Cloudy Dream: "He ran a blinder. He's settling down now and settled into the race and jumped well.

"He's in the race at Cheltenham next month (BetVictor Gold Cup) and he'll probably go for that, as long as the ground is suitable.

"I'm sure he'll get three miles now he's settling more in his races. I'm very happy with him.

"I'd liked to have won, but he's come to Liverpool and run another good race."

188Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase (Limited Handicap)
£70,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 200y, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)

Pos D Horse Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Smad Place (FR) 12/1 Wayne Hutchinson
11-3
A King 10
2nd ¾ Cloudy Dream (IRE) 9/2 B Hughes
10-13
J M Jefferson 7
3rd 9 Oldgrangewood 9/1 Harry Skelton
10-5
D Skelton 6
4th Traffic Fluide (FR) 8/1 J E Moore
11-0
G L Moore 7
5th 5 Aso (FR) 16/1 Charlie Deutsch (3)
11-0
Miss V Williams 7
6th God's Own (IRE) 12/1 A P Heskin
11-10
T R George 9
7th 5 Bouvreuil (FR) 13/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
10-4
P F Nicholls 6
8th 7 Third Intention (IRE) 12/1 Aidan Coleman
10-8
C L Tizzard 10
9th 8 Tea For Two 11/1 Lizzie Kelly (3)
11-8
Nick Williams 8
10th 42 Devils Bride (IRE) 50/1 Jonathan Moore
10-12
H de Bromhead 10
PU Royal Regatta (IRE) 28/1 R Johnson
10-12
P J Hobbs 9
PU Shantou Village (IRE) 7/2f N D Fehily
10-6
N P Mulholland 7
NR Ballybolley (IRE) D A Jacob
10-7
N A Twiston-Davies 8