Chac Du Cadran

Chac Du Cadran scoring an impressive win at Catterick

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Chac Du Cadran romps to marathon success

Report: Catterick, Thursday

North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase (for the Denys Smith Challenge Trophy) 3m6f, 5yo+

CHAC DU CADRAN made all to record an impressive victory in the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick on Thursday.

Trained by Chris Bealby in Lincolnshire, Chac Du Cadran was sent into an early lead by Tom Messenger and bounded to a clear-cut win, returning at 11-2.

He had eight lengths to spare over 12-1 chance Desperate Dex with 8-1 shot Night In Milan third.

"He deserves it and Tom deserves it," said Bealby. "He's an underrated jockey and it was a great ride.

"The horse is lazy and has been running well over three miles so we thought we'd take a step in at the deep end and he's outstayed them.

"Where we go next I'm not sure. I'll see what the handicapper does and he could get into an Eider Chase, but I think he'll have a break."

Bealby, for whom Chac Du Cadran was the fifth winner of the season, has an ambitious long-term plan for the seven-year-old.

"The ultimate aim would be the Grand National at Aintree, but he'd have to go up 20/25lb for that."

As sporting sights go, few match the sheer excitement of 40 horses thundering towards the first fence at Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National.

A race steeped in history that always provides a story, the Grand National is the ultimate test of endurance and skill for both horse and jockey, as the pairing must navigate 30 treacherous fences, and then still have enough stamina to make a challenge on the run-in.

To manage a clear round in the 4m4f epic is no mean achievement, with the fences notoriously difficult and offering unique challenges.

Over the years, there have been countless memorable moments, Devon Loch's phantom leap in the 1956 contest, Foinavon's shock 100-1 win in 1967 and the brilliance of Red Rum, who took the chase on three occasions in 1973, 74 and 77.

In 1981 Aldaniti and Bob Champion completed a heartwarming tale when winning the race, as Aldaniti had recovered from a career-threatening injury while jockey Champion had battled back from cancer.

In 2011 the race provided another fairytale story as Donald McCain emulated his father and Aintree legend Ginger when winning with Ballabriggs - and that came just a year after champion jockey Tony McCoy finally gained victory in the race at the 15th time of asking.