Shaneshill fails to shine in Lightning at Doncaster
Published 31/01/2016 | 13:06
Shaneshill, the 11-8 favourite, was very disappointing for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend in the grand-national2016.co.uk Novices' Chase at Doncaster.
The Irish raider could only finish fourth as Vaniteux ran out a very willing and very able winner.
Arzal set a fair clip for a long way in the Grade Two over two miles until the Nicky Henderson-trained winner edged into the lead at the third-last.
The long-term leader laudably kept going, but Vaniteux had flown under Nico de Boinville, whose partner was three and a quarter lengths in the clear at the line.
De Boinville said: "He's a very nice horse.
"He was slightly taken off his feet early but we went a really good clip and it was a strong trial.
"He idled a bit after the last but it's a very strong headwind.
"We're just where we want to be."