Randox Health Topham Chase
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Grade 3 Handicap,
Aintree 16:05
£140,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 5f 19y, Class 1   
Friday 5th April 2019

1 Cadmium 8/1
2 Sub Lieutenant 25/1
3 Doitforthevillage 25/1
4 Janika 9/2F
27 ran NR: Born Survivor, Dimple, Voix D'Eau
Distances: 6l, 3¼l, 3¼l Time: 5m 31.20s (slow by 10.20s)

Another for the Mullins' stable as Cadmium wins

The Willie Mullins-trained Cadmium put up a brilliant performance of jumping and galloping to run away with the Topham Chase.
 
Ridden by Paul Townend, for whom it was a first winner over the Grand National fences, seven-year-old Cadmium was an 8/1 chance. He beat Sub Lieutenant, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore, by six lengths.
 
Mullins was winning the Randox Health Topham Chase for the second time, having first taken it in 2002 with Its Time For A Win.
 
He said: "That was very good. He was going at his own speed limit, but you'd have to worry, watching him, if he'd stay. His jumping was phenomenal. He was very clean, and Paul got a great line. He [Townend] was very good at the Canal Turn with the loose horse near him. 
 
"I think we'll keep him at that sort of trip, rather than run him in the National next year - I think he runs to free for that sort of distance.
 
On Cadmium's owners, Supreme Horse Racing Club/K Sharp, Mullins said: "They are great to train for - a great bunch. They don't have huge expectations, they really enjoy their racing and are delighted when a horse wins. We all know we are lucky to have horses like these; they don't have super-expensive horses, they have middle-of-the-road horses that anyone can have."

Trainers Quotes

The rider said: "Cadmium was deadly, wasn't he? He was fairly lit up before the race but it was not a bad thing because I was able to get a position and hold it early on. I got into a beautiful rhythm and it was straightforward.

"You can only go as fast as they are able. Luckily, this lad has a little bit of class and he was able to go that gallop within himself.

"This is brilliant. Like I said after the Gold Cup, you dream of riding big winners on TV. The race is something special over those fences and I had not got close to riding a winner over them until today. Hopefully, it is a good omen for tomorrow."

"I got into a great rhythm early - Cadmium has a little bit of class and I was able to get into the positon I wanted to be in early on. He just loved it, he winged from fence to fence and gave himself breather whenever he needed. He was getting lonely up the straight as much as anything.

"You usually know after the first or second what kind of ride you are going to get. The way he took them on, he was deadly. He was measured but was attacking them at the same time. It's a joy to ride a horse like him that takes those fences that well. It's a different buzz to riding any other race.

"We got low at one of the ditches but, on the whole, you would take one mistake doing a lap around there.

"It's daunting running into all the noise and you are running into a tunnel. He had a little look but, once I grabbed hold of him and got the rail again, he wasn't for passing."

Randox Health Topham Chase (Grade 3 Handicap)
£120,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 5f 19y, Class 1
27 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Cadmium (FR) 8/1 P Townend
11-2
W P Mullins 7
2nd 6 Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 25/1 Rachael Blackmore
11-5
H De Bromhead 10
3rd Doitforthevillage (IRE) 25/1 T J O'Brien
10-4
P Henderson 10
4th Janika (FR) 9/2f D A Jacob
11-12
N J Henderson 6
5th 4 Woods Well (IRE) 20/1 J W Kennedy
10-6
G Elliott 8
6th ¾ Flying Angel (IRE) 10/1 Thomas Bellamy
10-6
N A Twiston-Davies 8
7th 13 San Benedeto (FR) 18/1 Nick Scholfield
11-4
P F Nicholls 8
8th O O Seven (IRE) 20/1 Nico de Boinville
11-1
N J Henderson 9
9th 8 Beau Bay (FR) 66/1 Charlie Deutsch
10-0
Dr R D P Newland 8
10th Highland Lodge (IRE) 50/1 Henry Brooke
10-0
James Moffatt 13
11th hd Bigmartre (FR) 40/1 L P Aspell
10-6
H Whittington 8
12th Double Shuffle (IRE) 33/1 J J Burke
11-8
T R George 9
13th ¾ Adrien Du Pont (FR) 12/1 H Cobden
11-1
P F Nicholls 7
14th Fact Of The Matter (IRE) 66/1 G Sheehan
10-4
Jamie Snowden 9
15th 3 Kilcrea Vale (IRE) 16/1 J McGrath
10-0
N J Henderson 9
16th 3 Ballyhill (FR) 9/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
10-6
N A Twiston-Davies 8
17th 10 Henryville 33/1 R T Dunne
10-0
P Bowen 11
18th 14 Equus Secretus (IRE) 66/1 J E Moore
10-0
B Pauling 7
19th Mercian Prince (IRE) 33/1 Jack Quinlan
10-10
Miss Amy Murphy 8
20th Activial (FR) 16/1 T Scudamore
11-0
T R George 9
NR Born Survivor (IRE) Non Runner
10-6
D Skelton 8
NR Voix D'Eau (FR) Callum Bewley
10-0
Miss Lucinda V Russell 9
NR Dimple (FR) Sean Quinlan
10-0
A M Thomson 8
PU Polidam (FR) 25/1 D J Mullins
10-4
W P Mullins 10
PU Forest Des Aigles (FR) 22/1 D R Fox
10-0
Miss Lucinda V Russell 8
F Peregrine Run (IRE) 14/1 B J Geraghty
11-1
Peter Fahey 9
F Indian Temple (IRE) 50/1 Harry Reed (3)
10-0
T Reed 10
F Divine Spear (IRE) 33/1 James Bowen
10-0
N J Henderson 8
UR Call It Magic (IRE) 6/1 M A Enright
10-0
Ross O'Sullivan 9
UR More Buck's (IRE) 66/1 Sean Bowen
10-0
P Bowen 9
NR Born Survivor (IRE) Non Runner
10-6
D Skelton 8
NR Voix D'Eau (FR) Callum Bewley
10-0
Miss Lucinda V Russell 9
NR Dimple (FR) Sean Quinlan
10-0
A M Thomson 8