Millers Bank propels the famous success of the Manifesto | Race News

Trainer Alex Hales and jockey Kielan Woods celebrated the biggest success of their careers as Millers Bank showed off a fine turn of foot to knock out a clear winner of the SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree.

After finishing third in the Aintree Hurdle 12 months ago, there were high hopes in Relations that he could summit over the fences this season – but so far little had gone right.

While he won on his hunting debut, he then knocked down the next two times at Newbury and Cheltenham, after which he underwent wind surgery.

He showed a return to something like his best last time out behind Pic D’orhy at Kempton and faced that rival again but in 5lbs worse conditions.

A jerky blunder down the backstretch ended Paul Nicholls’ runner’s luck and by then favorite Erne River was already down.

Rachael Blackmore was dictating on Gin On Lime but having run briskly at the start, on the penultimate run she was running empty which meant it was between the two runners Colin Tizzard, The Widdow Maker and War Lord, and Millers Bank .

After being briefly caught off guard, Millers Bank (7-1) took the lead and pulled away from War Lord to win by 10 lengths.

Hitting at freshman level for the first time, a jubilant Hales said: “It was fun, wasn’t it? It’s quite emotional, it’s really wonderful. It took a long time to to get here is a huge team effort, give you a little bit, we’ve worked so hard for so long and to find a horse like this and to have it here is wonderful.

“It’s huge because it’s a tough game. It’s tough to compete at this level and have winners anywhere. For little coaches like us, we work very hard every day, so it’s great to come here on the highest stage and to have it Sally (wife) and I have raised it too, it’s a pretty amazing story.

“I’m just thrilled for the team, Sally, Kielan and Harry. Kielan and Harry Bannister are two jockeys who have fabulous years and I’m so proud of everyone.

“We owned the mare and chose the stallion, we went to Passing Glance. We just believed in him and it’s just fabulous. Last year when he was third in the Grade One Aintree Hurdle, I knew that 80-1 was a stupid price In Huntingdon for the first time this year I thought he was brilliant and then it’s not supposed to be easy this game and the wheels broke a few occasions.

“We got back on track in the Pendil (in Kempton).”

He continued: “If you had asked me a week ago he definitely would have won – but with every passing moment I wasn’t so sure! Kielan is very cool, isn’t he? It is sometimes too cool for my nerves!

“He looked like he did it pretty well. We’ll take it step by step. I know he won well there (over two and a half miles), but he wouldn’t mind either. to go on a journey.”

Woods was equally thrilled, saying: “I haven’t even won a Grade Two so winning a Grade One is just amazing.

“Alex Hales bred the horse, there aren’t many trainers who have bred a horse and gone from bumper to first year winner around Aintree. They are a top class team. I’m so happy for Alex, he’s supported me for a very long time.

“It’s great to even be here, let alone riding a freshman winner.”

Tizzard added of his pair: “War Lord had his run. Sometimes he tanked, and I didn’t think he traveled as well as he could, but he still had half a chance at the penultimate.He could be a Haldon Gold Cup Horse for next season.

“The Widow would jump anything when he was on the pitch. He surprised us today. He couldn’t get up front like we hoped but he showed us he can settle in. He did it beautifully.”

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