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Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle2m 110y

  • £370,000 added 4yo+ 23 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 0.80s
  • Off time: 15:27:44

Full result

15:20 Cheltenham Result 10th March 2009
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Punjabi 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 22/1
Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, went close 2nd after 3 out, narrow lead last, driven out, held on gamely opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £11000-£500
2nd nk Celestial Halo (IRE) 11-10 R Walsh P F Nicholls 5 17/2
Always prominent, narrow lead before 3 out, ridden and pressed after 2 out, headed last, ran on towards finish opened 17/2 touched 9/1 £45000-£5000 £9000-£1000 £4500-£500
3rd hd Binocular (FR) 11-10 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 6/4f
Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, chased leading pair before 2 out, not fluent last, ridden flat, ran on towards finish opened 6/4 touched 6/4 £8750-£5000 £6500-£4000(x3) £3250-£2000(x4) £60000-£40000 £15000-£10000 £12000-£8000 £7500-£5000(x3) £6000-£4000(x8) £3000-£2000(x14) £1600-£1000(x6) £13750-£10000 £6875-£5000 £5500-£4000
4th Crack Away Jack 11-10 N Fehily Miss E C Lavelle 5 16/1
Held up in rear, steady progress into mid-division 3 out, not much room after 2 out, went 4th last, closed on leaders flat, no impression near finish opened 16/1 touched 18/1
5th Muirhead (IRE) 11-10 D J Condon N Meade 6 33/1
Mid-division, headway 5th, jumped left 2 out, not fluent last, kept on flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th nk Katchit (IRE) 11-10 R Thornton A King 6 12/1
Chased leaders, pushed along 4th, outpaced after next, stayed on approaching last, drifted left and kept on flat opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £42000-£3000 £7000-£500
7th 8 Snap Tie (IRE) 11-10 R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 40/1
Held up towards rear, headway 5th, beaten when not much room after 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th Jered (IRE) 11-10 D J Casey N Meade 7 33/1
Towards rear, mistakes 1st and 2nd, slightly hampered 3 out, ran on flat, never in contention opened 28/1 touched 33/1
9th ½ Hardy Eustace (IRE) 11-10 P W Flood D T Hughes 12 100/1
Prominent, led after 5th, narrowly headed before 3 out, bumped 2 out, weakening when hampered soon after opened 100/1 touched 100/1
10th 3 Won In The Dark (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell Miss S J Harty 5 33/1
Mid-division, progress on inside after 5th, weakened approaching 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th ¾ Osana (FR) 11-10 A J Mcnamara D Pipe 7 13/2
Led, headed after 5th, soon driven, weakened after 3 out opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000 £40000-£5000 £4000-£500
12th Whiteoak (IRE) 11-3 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 6 16/1
Held up towards rear, mistakes 2nd and 3rd, ridden and some headway before 3 out, no further progress opened 16/1 touched 16/1
13th Blue Bajan (IRE) 11-10 G Lee Andrew Turnell 7 80/1
Sweating, held up in rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, struggling approaching 3 out, never dangerous opened 80/1 touched 80/1
14th 5 Sentry Duty (FR) 11-10 A Tinkler N J Henderson 7 33/1
Mid-division, hit 1st, ridden and struggling when hampered 3 out opened 28/1 touched 33/1
15th 14 Sublimity (FR) 11-10 P A Carberry Robert Hennessy 9 20/1
Sweating, held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, no further progress opened 20/1 touched 20/1
16th 7 Alph 11-10 C Bolger R A Teal 12 250/1
Taken to post early, mid-division, ridden 5th, soon struggling opened 250/1 touched 300/1
17th ¾ Harchibald (FR) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 10 33/1
Always behind opened 28/1 touched 33/1 £33000-£1000
18th Brave Inca (IRE) 11-10 D Elsworth C A Murphy 11 25/1
Chased leaders to 4th, well behind 3 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1 £33000-£1000
19th Ashkazar (FR) 11-10 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 5 14/1
Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, pushed along next, weakened 5th, well behind when went sharply left 2 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £22000-£2000
20th Ebaziyan (IRE) 11-10 P Townend W P Mullins 8 50/1
Towards rear, mistakes 1st and 2nd, struggling when hampered 3 out opened 50/1 touched 50/1 £16500-£500
21st 10 River Liane (FR) 11-10 N P Madden T Cooper 5 125/1
Mid-division, ridden and behind 4th opened 100/1 touched 125/1
PU Cybergenic (FR) 11-10 K Mercer Paul Murphy 11 250/1
Chased leaders on outside until before 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 250/1 touched 250/1
F Othermix (FR) 11-10 P J Brennan T R George 5 100/1
Tracked leaders, raced keenly, pushed along before 5th, weakening when fell 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-10 D F O'Regan H De Bromhead 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £25.80 Tote Place: £6.20,3.00,1.60
Straight Forecast: £185.28 Exacta: £247.90 Trifecta: £349.30 Swingers: 1&2:20.10 2&3:3.10 1&3:6.30

Jackpot: £36,528.20 carried forward to Cheltenham, 11th Mar, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £122.50, Pool: £967922.25, 5766.52 winning tickets
Quadpot: £4.40, Pool: £42321.22, 7033.06 winning tickets

Verdict

A thrilling renewal with the first-time blinkered Osana and Hardy Eustace setting a sizzling pace. Celestial Halo stayed on their heels and took over turning into the straight with Binocular absolutely cantering. But it was PUNJABI who stayed on best up the hill and held Celestial Halo on the line with Binocular flattering to deceive. Crack Away Jack came from the clouds to snatch fourth.