randoxhealth.com Henry VIII Novices' Chase
Grade 1, Sandown 13:50
£50,000 added,
4yo plus,
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

Dynamite Dollars
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Dynamite Dollars

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
6 ran
Going: Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Dynamite Dollars (FR) 9/2 H Cobden
P F Nicholls 5
2nd Ornua (IRE) 9/1 D Robinson
H De Bromhead 7
3rd 10 Lalor (GER) 8/11f R Johnson
Kayley Woollacott 6
4th Highway One O One (IRE) 9/1 Tom Cannon
C Gordon 6
5th 9 Pingshou (IRE) 12/1 Aidan Coleman
C L Tizzard 8
PU Diakali (FR) 11/1 Joshua Moore
G L Moore 9