Sizing Codelco adds to Power's dream start in new Potts role
After winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John the Grand National meeting was an occasion when Ann and Alan Potts saw where else their investment in top jumping talent can take them, with newly retained jockey Robbie Power a magic ingredient.
Power completed his fourth win for the owners from four rides when steering Sizing Codelco to a 13-length win over Rightdownthemiddle in the Listed Betway Handicap Chase, and a fourth for trainer Colin Tizzard.
The unbeaten run came to an end when Supasundae was second to Yanworth in the Liverpool Hurdle.
Potts said: "I think it's down to the trainers, as well as Robbie Power and everything we are doing – they are just doing all the right things.
"We're prepared to pay money for the best horses. We're not interested in lower quality. You can't guarantee if you pay the money you are going to get the horse. We're enjoying it at the moment."
Potts paid £300,000 for winning pointer Madison To Monroe, the top lot of Thursday Goffs UK Sale, who he has sent to Sizing John's trainer Jessica Harrington.
"That's going to Jessica because Colin's had the last four or five high-priced horses," Potts said.
Victory for Tizzard took his Aintree haul to five, securing him the trainers' title for the three-day meeting.
"Sometimes you can't believe what happens in racing," he said. "I entered him and said to Alan I wanted to run, but he said he hadn't run well at Cheltenham.
"I did make a big mess-up with him in the season. He ran once and came second to Top Notch. The next time I put blinkers on, then I put cheekpieces on, and now I took them off again and that seems to have worked.
"What can you say about Robbie Power at the moment. He's doing things on horses I've not seen much lately. He's brave, he asks horses to jump, always in the right place. Every jockey looks good when they win but he's all right."
Noonan steals the show on Windfall
David Noonan, who rode out his claim at Sedgefield last month, selected the perfect setting to showcase his talents with an enterprising performance on Fountains Windfall, who had an easy time in the lead throughout the Grade 3 3m½f handicap hurdle and was not for catching in the closing stages.
"I wanted to be positive and, having jumped the first well and landed in front, he settled well and I took the bull by the horns," said Noonan.
"In such a competitive handicap with so many runners I was surprised I had it as free as I did, but we got the fractions right and he's run out a game winner."
Well-backed second favourite No Comment led the challengers to come out of the pack late on but the damage had been done and Fountains Windfall sailed home by eight lengths.
Noonan, 21, has been with trainer David Pipe for four years but was riding the 11-1 winner for Anthony Honeyball.
"I've made a lot of good contacts up to now with my claim and have made a good impression. I hope to cement that and build on it in the future," he added.
Honeyball, who is enjoying his best season, was delighted with Noonan's contribution.
"It wasn't the plan but fair play to David for thinking on his feet," said the trainer. "I didn't mind him being in front and, although he looked to be doing plenty, he's a good galloper and his wind is good. He can maintain a gallop but I didn't think he could do it like that."
Having considered the previous day's Sefton Novices' Hurdle for Fountains Windfall, who landed a hat-trick in novice company at Plumpton and Wincanton, the trainer was pleased with his decision.
"We had him in the Grade 1 yesterday but the right thing was to run him in the handicap," added Honeyball. "We'll go down the hurdle route for a couple of runs next season and he would make a lovely chaser."
Sansom strikes on Chesterfield
Seamus Mullins heaped praise on Daniel Sansom after the jockey steered Chesterfield to victory in the 2m½f handicap hurdle for conditional and amateur riders.
Sansom mounted his challenge approaching the last and made the most of the last-flight fall of John Constable to collect a fifth success under rules.
"I think this lad will go places, I really do," said Mullins. "He's just lost his right to claim 10lb for me and what a way to do it!"
Sansom, who spent three years with Philip Hobbs before moving to Mullins, added: "It's just a privilege to do this for the boss. The race went perfectly, I got a nice position on the inside and thought I had the horse that fell beat."
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After leg one 4,007 tickets remaining; leg two 1,471; leg three 76; leg four 31; leg five 1; leg six 1.