Badger Ales Trophy is open to 4 year olds and upwards and is a national hunt chase.
The race is a listed Class 1 handicap chase and is a race for horses that are at least four years old.
This is usually a competitive early season chase.
For 4yo+ Rated 0-150 Minimum weight 10-0 Penalties after October 29th, a winner of a chase 4lb. Cocktails At Dawn's Handicap Mark 150
Attracting 11 runners this 3 miles 1 furlong and 30 yards handicap chase has some promise about it this year and is quite a competitive event.
The first horse we consider today is the eight-year-old Bay gelding Southfield Theatre trained by Paul Nicholls. If you consider last year's disappointing results it's easy to forget what a really good novice chaser this was the season before last. He was constantly on the upgrade and was second behind Don Poli in the RSA chase that year. Some horses do struggle in their first year out of novice company but then recover the season after. He looks a very interesting prospect to chasing and I think this could be the start of something good.
Another from his stable is the six-year-old Bay gelding Present Man. This horse likes Wincanton and runs here often. In terms of rating he is a fair way behind his stablemate but is an improving type and he already has a win under his belt this season when he won on this course back in October. Sure to run well today.
Putting up a great display at the end of last season The Young Master won the BET365 gold cup chase over a distance half a mile further than he faces today. He will be a very interesting runner today and will have the very talented amateur Sam Waley-Cohen in the saddle. A highly rated gelding and an interesting runner here.
Neil Mulholland not only sends the Young Master but also sends his eight-year-old Bay gelding Carole’s Destrier to the race. A nice horse who's form was little in and out last year and he is one who seems to improve for his first run so is probably better watched today.
A horse that does not fall into that category and usually starts his season well is the Collin Tizard trained Gentleman Jon. He has already been on the go for a while and this will be his third run since the start of October. The main thing this horse has in his favor is the course. A three-times winner on the course he seems to keep his best for running here. Another interesting runner from a stable who has been in good form this season so far.
Not content with two in the race Neil also sends the youngest contender today Fingerontheswitch. Young and improving he could be anything really.
The top weight Cocktails at Dawn comes from the Nicky Henderson yard. He is a high enough in the weights and will have plenty to today.
The Alan King trained Ziga Boy is one on the upgrade. And has to start his campaign somewhere. Another who looks to have plenty to do on the books.
Roc D’Apsis looks to be better running in races that are half a mile shorter than this. He is being tried at the 3 miles and now he is a little bigger and a little stronger it will be interesting to see if he gets the trip better.
Set List is Emma Lavell's runner. He is a nice young horse that looks to have plenty on his plate, and has been kept on the go most of the year. Needs to improve to win here today.
Bob Tucker is the outsider of the field today and may have it tough today.
|1||10F-P||Cocktails At Dawn||8||11-12||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville||150|
|2||U4631-||The Young Master||7||11-12||Neil Mulholland||Mr S Waley-Cohen3||150|
|3||51P0-||Carole´s Destrier||8||11-10||Neil Mulholland||Wayne Hutchinson||148|
|4||34B4-||Southfield Theatre||8||11-9||Paul Nicholls||Harry Cobden3||147|
|5||3118-6||Ziga Boy||7||11-0||Alan King||Tom Bellamy3||138|
|6||P13P-4||Roc D´Apsis||7||10-9||Tom George||Paddy Brennan||133|
|7||242-21||Present Man||6||10-8||Paul Nicholls||Jack Sherwood5||132|
|8||P-1P31||Gentleman Jon||8||10-6||Colin Tizzard||Tom O'Brien||130|
|9||631F4||Set List||7||10-5||Emma Lavelle||Daryl Jacob||129|
|10||91-155||Bob Tucker||9||10-5||Charlie Longsdon||Graham Watters3||129|
|11||28-42F||Fingerontheswitch||6||10-0||Neil Mulholland||James Best||123|
|1||8||P-1P31||Gentleman Jon||8||10-6||Colin Tizzard||Tom O'Brien|
|2||9||631F4||Set List||7||10-5||Emma Lavelle||Daryl Jacob|
|3||11||28-42F||Fingerontheswitch||6||10-0||Neil Mulholland||James Best|
|4||10||91-155||Bob Tucker||9||10-5||Charlie Longsdon||Graham Watters3|
|5||6||P13P-4||Roc D´Apsis||7||10-9||Tom George||Paddy Brennan|
|Fell||4||34B4-||Southfield Theatre||8||11-9||Paul Nicholls||Harry Cobden3|
|UR||7||242-21||Present Man||6||10-8||Paul Nicholls||Jack Sherwood5|
A good race but perhaps one where the result does not tell the whole story.
Present Man led the field early on but made a very bad mistake at the second and unseated his rider.
The winner Gentleman Jon was at the front of the field over the first few fences but the pace was slow so the lead was taken up by Set List. Set List showed a good front running display leading the field for most of the race. He made a bad mistake at the 3rd last which knocked the stuffing out of him. He dropped back to 3rd and then made another mistake at the second last. He was left in second position at the last and finished 2nd but 25 lengths behind the winner.
The Winner however Gentleman Jon put in a good race and was prominet despite jumping left at his fences. He took up the lead on after Set List made a mistake at the 3rd last and Gentleman Jon looked to be going as well as any but was being chased down and was caught by Shouthfield Theatre until that horse fell at the last leaving him a long way clear of the rest of the filed. He finished as he liked 25 lenghths ahead of the second.
Southfield Theatre ran a sort of in and out race but came back into the race at 3 out. He was ridden patiently by his jockey and this paid rewards and he was on terms two out with Gentlemen Jon and looked to be going the better of the two who were opening up a gap on the rest of the field. He looked to be getting the better of the eventual winner before making a bad mistake and falling at the last.
Finger on the switch did not jump well throughout the race and weakened at the end of the race but stayed on for 3rd 37 lengths behind the winner.
Bob Tucker was hampered at the first fence and then ran his race tracking the leaders. He did stay on in the race and just passed Roc D’Apsis for 4th place on the line.
Roc D’Apsis finished looking like he may have needed the race.