BetBright Chase
Grade 3 Handicap,
Kempton Park 15:45
£100,000 added,
5yo plus, 3m, Class 1  
Saturday 21st February 2015

1 Rocky Creek 8/1
2 Le Reve 6/1
3 Bally Legend 25/1
NR: Lost Legend (IRE), What A Warrior (IRE)
14 ran Distances: 6l, 2¾l, 19l
TIME 6m 24.70s (slow by 26.70s)

Rocky Creek wins a dramatic Betbright Chase to give trainer Paul Nicholls another big Saturday winner

Rocky Creek
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Rocky Creek
The Paul Nicholls-trained 8-1 shot travelled well into the business end of the three-mile contest having headed the chasing pack behind early leader Renard.

Once called on for a maximum effort, the nine-year-old responded in style, pulling six lengths clear of runner-up Le Reve.

Following Rocky Creek's win, which completed the second leg of a double for Nicholls and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, his odds for the Grand National were cut to 12-1 with a handful of bookmakers.

Twiston-Davies said: "He was awesome, it's a great training performance, it was good fun. He was a different horse today, he took a pull on the way to the start. He's a pleasure to ride and very straightforward.

"We always felt better ground and Aintree would suit him. He ran a good race last year and this year I'd take a bit more time with him."

Nicholls added: "That is just what we wanted before Aintree. What happened at Newbury with the tongue-tie was that he seemed to spit the dummy out (when pulled up).

"I was never going to run him before the National weights came out as Aintree was always the number one target.

"Sam Twiston-Davies just ambled round and then ran away with him coming to the second-last.

"He jumped and travelled well in last year's National and now that we have got his breathing right, the National should be right up his street."

Betbright Chase
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Soft (Heavy on bend adjacent to lake)

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey /Weight Trainer Age
1st Rocky Creek (IRE) 8/1 S Twiston-Davies
11-11
P F Nicholls 9
2nd 6 Le Reve (IRE) 6/1 L P Aspell
11-3
Mrs L Wadham 7
3rd Bally Legend 25/1 T J O'Brien
10-11
Mrs Caroline Keevil 10
4th 19 Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 20/1 W Kennedy
10-10
Dr R D P Newland 9
5th Godsmejudge (IRE) 33/1 W Hutchinson
11-3
A King 9
6th nk Tenor Nivernais (FR) 9/1 Aidan Coleman
10-6
Miss V Williams 8
7th Rajdhani Express 20/1 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
11-12
N J Henderson 8
8th 21 Ballinvarrig (IRE) 10/1 P J Brennan
10-4
T R George 8
PU The Rainbow Hunter 33/1 N D Fehily
11-1
K C Bailey 11
PU Easter Day 9/2f Nick Scholfield
10-13
P F Nicholls 7
PU Renard (FR) 20/1 L Treadwell
10-10
Miss V Williams 10
PU Chartreux (FR) 11/1 B J Geraghty
10-9
T R George 10
UR Fox Appeal (IRE) 7/1 R P Mclernon
11-9
Miss E C Lavelle 8
UR Tap Night (USA) 8/1 R Johnson
10-1
Miss Lucinda V Russell 8
NR What A Warrior (IRE) Non Runner
10-13
D Skelton 8
NR Lost Legend (IRE) A P McCoy
10-12
Jonjo O'Neill 8

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