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Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle2m 5f

  • £120,000 added 4yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 17.00s
  • Off time: 14:05:43

Full result

14:05 Cheltenham Result 11th March 2009
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Mikael D'haguenet (FR) 11-7 R Walsh W P Mullins 5 5/2f
Mid-division, in touch from 4th, led 3 out, headed 2 out, regained lead when not fluent last, ran on well opened 11/4 touched 3/1 £12000-£4000 £9000-£3000 £6000-£2000 £11000-£4000(x2) £5500-£2000 £3300-£1200 £2750-£1000(x4) £2500-£1000
2nd Karabak (FR) 11-7 A P McCoy A King 6 4/1
In touch, lost place on inside when hit 6th, pushed along, progress when not fluent 3 out, ridden and switched right after 2 out, ran on to take 2nd flat, not troubled winner opened 10/3 touched 4/1 £8000-£2000(x2) £4000-£1000 £3500-£1000 £20000-£6000
3rd Diamond Harry 11-7 Timmy Murphy Nick Williams 6 4/1
Held up in rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, challenging after flight, led, went left and hit 2 out, headed when mistake last, stayed on same pace flat opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £10000-£2000(x3) £5000-£1000(x3) £4500-£1000
4th nk China Rock (IRE) 11-7 N P Madden M F Morris 6 25/1
Mid-division, headway on outside approaching 6th, challenging 2 out, soon ridden, outpaced before last, stayed on same pace opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £25000-£1000
5th Knockara Beau (IRE) 11-7 Jan Faltejsek G A Charlton 6 14/1
Held up towards rear, pushed along after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, every chance 2 out, 5th and beaten when hit last opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £16000-£1000
6th 10 The Nightingale (FR) 11-7 Christian Williams P F Nicholls 6 16/1
In touch, ridden after 3 out, beaten after 2 out, weakening when mistake last opened 12/1 touched 16/1
7th 6 Realt Dubh (IRE) 11-7 P Carberry N Meade 5 20/1
Prominent, ridden 3 out, soon beaten, weakened before next opened 22/1 touched 25/1 £10000-£500
8th Mad Max (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 6/1
Held up, went handy 4th, chased leader after 7th, not much room when hit 2 out, weakened soon after opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £13000-£2000 £6500-£1000
9th 10 Ruthenoise (FR) 10-5 T Scudamore D Pipe 4 100/1
Raced keenly, prominent, chased leader approaching 3rd, led 6th, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out opened 80/1 touched 100/1
10th 23 Junior 11-7 R Thornton A King 6 16/1
Held up towards rear, pushed along 6th, losing touch next, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £25000-£1000
11th dist Dorset Square (IRE) 11-7 A J Mcnamara J J Murphy 5 200/1
In rear, behind 6th, tailed off opened 200/1 touched 200/1
12th 7 Quwetwo 11-7 D F O'Regan J Howard Johnson 6 20/1
Led, hit 3rd, soon headed, led after next, headed when hit 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, well behind when blundered 2 out, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1
13th 29 Quartetto (GER) 11-7 A P Thornton M Torrens 5 100/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, mistake 5th, struggling when mistake 7th, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Richard The Third 11-7 S E Durack John A Harris 5 250/1
Raced keenly, led after 1st, headed after next, dropped to rear before 5th, blundered 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 250/1 touched 250/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.60 Tote Place: £1.70,2.20,1.90
Straight Forecast: £11.51 Exacta: £10.80 Trifecta: £25.90 Swingers: 1&2:2.50 2&3:3.10 1&3:2.80

Jackpot: £72,548.90, Pool: £102181.65, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £753.20, Pool: £882016.7, 854.79 winning tickets
Quadpot: £33.40, Pool: £42680.19, 943.94 winning tickets

Verdict

It promised to be a great race and it threw up a trio of future stars led home by Irish raider MIKAEL D'HAGUENET. Ruby Walsh always had the favourite in a great position and when long-time leader Quwetwo capitulated going down the hill, he swept to the front and galloped all the way to the line. Karabak, scrubbed along when the steady pace quickened into the straight, stayed on gamely for second and unbeaten Diamond Harry was also just caught for toe between the last two but took a fine third.