randoxhealth.com Henry VIII Novices' Chase
|Grade 1, Sandown 13:50
1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Saturday 8th December 2018|
1 Dynamite Dollars 9/2
2 Ornua 9/1
3 Lalor 8/11F
6 ran Distances: 1¾l, 10l, 2½l
Time: 3m 59.30s (slow by 13.30s)
Dynamite Dollars edges out the gallant Ornua
Lalor had looked so impressive at Cheltenham when winning on his chasing debut with Dynamite Dollars seven lengths back in second – but Paul Nicholls has not been a multiple champion trainer by shying away from a challenge and took him on again.
Unfortunately for favourite-backers, Lalor never looked completely happy on much softer ground and going right-handed, as Diakali and Irish raider Ornua set a searching early pace.
When Diakali dropped away, Ornua was left in front under young Dylan Robinson, but Dynamite Dollars (9-2) was stalking and Lalor struggling on back in third.
Jumping the last it looked as if Ornua may hold on, but Harry Cobden persevered on the 9-2 chance and he stayed on strongly up the hill to win by a length and three-quarters in a stirring finish to the Grade One affair.
Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
£50,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Dynamite Dollars (FR) 9/2||H Cobden
|P F Nicholls||5|
|2nd||1¾||Ornua (IRE) 9/1||D Robinson
|H De Bromhead||7|
|3rd||10||Lalor (GER) 8/11f||R Johnson
|4th||2½||Highway One O One (IRE) 9/1||Tom Cannon
|5th||9||Pingshou (IRE) 12/1||Aidan Coleman
|C L Tizzard||8|
|PU||Diakali (FR) 11/1||Joshua Moore
|G L Moore||9|