Balder Succes clears away from Simply Ned (centre) and TrifoliumPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Balder provides King with further success
Report: Aintree, Saturday
Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m, 5yo+
IT WAS one for the horses who did not run at Cheltenham on this occasion as 7-2 shot Balder Succes gave trainer Alan King a third winner of the meeting in the hands of Wayne Hutchinson.
Simply Ned, another horse who hadn't taken part at the festival, finished second with 11-4 favourite Trifolium in third.
This was a first Grade 1 victory for the winner. He is not one for big fields which was partly to do with the reasons as to why he didn't head to Cheltenham. Kept wide by Hutchinson here, he was always travelling and jumping and had Trifolium's measure when he joined him two from home. There was a bit of a hairy moment at the last as the six-year-old reached for it, but he ran out a comfortable winner in the end with Simply Ned staying on.
Trifolium ran his race, but he might have had too much use made of him as both he and Next Sensation duelled for the lead down the back. The latter faded into fifth up the straight.
An understandably delighted King felt it was possible his winner could go right to the top when asked about his Champion Chase prospects next season.
"He could be a potential Champion Chase horse. Fences have made a man of him this season," he said. "He could to go Punchestown next. He gets two and a half miles but he's probably best at two and we don't have to be aggressive with him anymore."
Betfred go as short as 10-1 Balder Succes for next year's Champion Chase, while Paddy Power are bigger and make him a 20-1 chance.