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Triolo D'Alene takes Topham Chase at Aintree

Updated: Friday, 05 Apr 2013 18:35 | Comments

Triolo D'Alene claimed the Topham Chase at the Aintree Festival at 14-1
Triolo D'Alene claimed the Topham Chase at the Aintree Festival at 14-1

Triolo D'Alene held on to claim a thrilling John Smith's Topham Chase At the Aintree Festival for the red-hot Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty.

A little over half an hour after stable star Sprinter Sacre turned in a brilliant display in the Melling Chase, Triolo D'Alene was a 14-1 shot to claim this two-mile-five-furlong handicap run over the Grand National fences.

Geraghty was never too far off the pace and sent his mount to the lead jumping the final obstacle.

The six-year-old galloped on strongly all the way up the gruelling run-in to hold off the determined challenge of Walkon by three-quarters of a length.

Last Time D'Albain and the front-running Dunowen Point rounded off the placings.

Henderson said of the winner: "Everything was going swimmingly well at home until the weekend when he decided to take one of his shoes off during the night and tread on it. The boys have done an amazing job.

"His jumping is exemplary and the trip was right."

An excellent day for the Seven Barrows handler was completed when Minella For fitness (10-1) and David Bass took the John Smith's Daily Mirror Punters Club Handicap Hurdle.

At Fishers Cross won his sixth race from as many starts this season with a brilliant performance in the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle, completing a double on the day for Tony McCoy and his retaining owner JP McManus.

So impressive in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, Rebecca Curtis' stable star was an 11-8 favourite to secure a second Grade One haul and the result was scarcely in doubt as he quickened up under McCoy to beat Just A Par by eight lengths.

Curtis said: "I was a bit worried about the ground today, but he's proving to be really versatile.

"He jumped brilliantly and he still seems to be improving. I don't see any rush to go over fences and we'll go down the staying hurdle route next season."

Stuart Crawford's Irish raider Legacy Gold (9-1) made it three wins from as many starts with a runaway victory in the Listed mares' bumper.

The trainer's brother and winning jockey, Steven Crawford, said: "She's good. I thought they were going quick so I was happy to sit where I was.

"I got there too soon, but horses were coming back at me. I tried to hold her but there comes a time you've got to go and I was confident enough she'd see it out."

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