HOW THEY RAN: THE JOCKEYS' VERDICTS

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1st Rough Quest 7-1f

Held up and kept wide, headway to track leaders at the fourth last fence, tracked leader between last two, led and hung left run-in, stayed on.

Jockey Mick Fitzgerald: "He was so balanced all the way, and never made a mistake. As soon as he's jumped the first four, I thought: `This is it.' I have never enjoyed nine minutes so much. Sex is an anti-climax after that."

2nd Encore Un Peu 14-1

11/4 lengths

Jumped well, patiently ridden, headway final circuit, joined leader fourth last, led and quickened two out, headed and hampered run-in, ran on.

David Bridgwater: "Going to the second last I thought he might win; jumping the last, I thought he would; coming to The Elbow, I knew he wouldn't."

3rd Superior Finish 9-1

16l

Tracked leaders, lost place six out, rallied between last two, stayed.

Richard Dunwoody: "He hit Valentine's on the second circuit. He was staying on at the time, and that set me back. At the last, I thought I might finish sixth, but he stayed on well. Softer ground might have helped."

4th Sir Peter Lely 33-1

Short head

Always prominent, hit 13th, led 23rd to five out, headed and one-paced.

Chris Bonner: "He's run a cracker, and kept going to the line. He fell at the second last time, so he hadn't had the ideal preparation."

5th Young Hustler 8-1

3/4l

Jumped well with leaders, led 17th to 23rd, led five out, headed three out.

Chris Maude: "He gave me a brilliant ride. It was sheer grit that took him up the run-in. Four out, we were bang there, but three out the tank was empty."

6th Three Brownies 100-1

4l

Jumped well, disputed lead to 17th, led three out, mistake and faded next.

Paul Carberry: "I thought I'd win going to the third last, but into the second last he just got tired."

7th Life of a Lord 10-1

14l

In touch, headway 19th, mistakes last seven fences, weakened.

Charlie Swan: "Going to Becher's second time, I thought he had a chance - but he made a mistake at the smallest fence on the course."

8th Antonin 28-1

13l

Held up, struggling from 20th.

John Burke: "He jumped like a buck, and gave me a lovely ride. He tired from the Canal Turn, but ran on at the finish."

9th Over the Deel 33-1

21/2l

Chased leaders, outpaced four out.

Mr Tim McCarthy: "His jumping kept him in it until the Canal Turn. He could have won a National 20 years ago, but now it's for Gold Cup types."

10th Vicompt De Valmont 22-1

15l

Jumped slowly at the rear, tailed off.

Philip Hide: "I got hiplock at the first and was in agony. I nearly pulled him up."

11th Captain Dibble 33-1

4l

Behind eighth, tailed off final circuit.

Tom Jenks: "He jumped superbly, but was always outpaced."

12th Riverside Boy 66-1

2l

Held up, mistake tenth, chasing leaders when blundered 21st, faded.

David Walsh: "The horse jumped very well but found the ground too fast."

13th Over the Stream 50-1

14l

Held up, outpaced six out, soon beaten and eased from last.

Andrew Thornton: "He jumped well, and got back into it at the Canal Turn, but he was tired in the end."

14th Greenhill Raffles 100-1

2l

Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 10th, faded 18th.

Martin Foster: "He needed the race. That date at the sales [at Doncaster five days earlier] might have taken the edge off him. He blew up with a circuit to go and I hacked him round."

15th Into the Red 33-1

3l

Held up, headway 18th, under pressure when hit 20th, soon tailed off.

Richard Guest: "Grand ride. I schooled him round on the first circuit but he was beaten by Becher's second time."

16th Lusty Light 14-1

Distance

Held up, jumped slowly ninth (Valentine's), struggling final circuit, well behind 24th (Canal Turn), tailed off.

Warren Marston: "My horse jumped very well but was always travelling a bit flat."

17th Sure Metal 200-1

Distance

Disputed lead until 15th (The Chair), lost touch final circuit, tailed off.

Donald McCain: "I'm delighted with him."

Deep Bramble 12-1

Pulled up 29th

Mistake 22nd (Becher's), faded four out, pulled up lame before second last.

Tony McCoy: "I had to pull him up because sadly he broke down."

Wylde Hide 12-1

Unseated rider 24th

Lost place 19th, hampered and unseated rider at Canal Turn.

Francis Woods: "He was in touch when he went at the Canal Turn."

Son of War 8-1

Unseated rider 24th

Headway halfway, mistake 22nd (Becher's), staying on when unseated rider at Canal Turn.

Conor O'Dwyer: "The horse jumped away well from the start, but got a bit close and had no chance of recovering."

Far Senior 150-1

Pulled up 22nd

Tailed off by halfway, pulled up before Becher's.

Tim Eley: "He never got into the race."

Brackenfield 100-1

Unseated rider 19th

Jumped badly, unseated rider.

Guy Lewis: "He put his feet in the ditch!"

Rust Never Sleeps 20-1

Pulled up 13th

Broke shoulder and was put down.

Trevor Horgan: "He was giving me the ride of my life when he broke down."

Chatam 40-1

Pulled up 5th

Pulled up approaching fifth.

Jonathan Lower: "He landed steeply and my saddle slipped round his neck."

Party Politics 10-1

Fell 3rd

Held up towards rear when fell.

Carl Llewellyn: "He may now be retired."

Bishops Hall 22-1

Unseated rider 1st

Blundered and unseated rider.

Marcus Armytage: "He did what he did last year - caught out by the drop."

Bavard Dieu 50-1

Unseated rider 1st

Blundered and unseated rider.

Jason Titley: "I broke two ribs and will be out for two weeks."

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