Many Clouds Chase
|Grade 2 Handicap,
Mildmay Course, Aintree 14:35
3m 210yds, Class 1
|Saturday 9th December 2017|
1 Definitly Red 9/4JF
2 Cloudy Dream 9/4JF
3 Flying Angel 4/1
4 ran Distances: 7l, 8l, 5l
Time: 7m 12.00s (slow by 1m 5.00s)
Definitely Red wins the Many Clouds Chase! What a performance in tough conditions!
Brian Ellison's Definitly Red was sent off the 9-4 joint-favourite along with Cloudy Dream and they had it to themselves from some way out.
While Malcolm Jefferson's grey, who runs in the Trevor Hemmings colours of Many Clouds, travelled strongly for most of the race, he was found wanting at the finish as he tried three miles for the first time in heavy ground
Danny Cook asked Definitly Red for several big leaps on the way round and his mount kept on responding and after seeing off Cloudy Dream from two out, came home unchallenged.
Ellison said: "He was brilliant today, his jumping was immaculate, that's what won him it.
"We knew the others might have stamina worries so Danny could be aggressive on him.
"I don't know where we'll go next, we could even look for a three-mile hurdle for him somewhere.
"We'll give him plenty of time to get over this, but I'd say we won't be aiming at Cheltenham.
"The plan will be to be back at Aintree in April for the Grade One Bowl Chase, I think.
"He doesn't mind good ground, he just doesn't like it tacky like it was at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall."
Many Clouds Chase
(Grade 2) (Mildmay Course)
£50,000 added, 3m 210yds, Class 1
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Definitly Red (IRE) 9/4j||Danny Cook
|2nd||7||Cloudy Dream (IRE) 9/4j||B Hughes
|J M Jefferson||7|
|3rd||8||Flying Angel (IRE) 4/1||Thomas Bellamy
|N A Twiston-Davies||6|
|4th||5||Alpha Des Obeaux (FR) 5/2||J J Burke
|M F Morris||7|