There was victory for Ireland in the opening Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Thursday as Clarcam bounced back from his Arkle flop to make all under Ruby Walsh. Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old won at odds of 5-1 from Vibrato Valtat with 13-8 favourite Josses Hill only fourth.
Afterwards, Elliott said: “The way he travelled and jumped, we would definitely be staying at this trip or going further. I don’t think that we will back to two miles with him. I doubt he’ll go to Punchestown but we never say never.”
All Yours sprung a 16-1 surprise in the Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle for Paul Nicholls. Devilment led over the last for John Ferguson but Sam Twiston-Davies produced the Halling gelding to secure him a Grade 1 after his fifth-place finish in last month’s Fred Winter at Cheltenham.
Nicholls said: “He got into all sorts of trouble in the Fred Winter and Sam said he’d have come very close with a clear run. We thought we might have left today behind there.”
“There’s lots of improvement to come over the summer. He’s a quick jumper and, while I can’t say he’ll never make a chaser, his future is over hurdles. He’ll be aimed at all the big races next season.”
He was given a quote of 33-1 by the sponsors for next year’s StanJames Champion Hurdle.
Rory Jiwani 09/04/15
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