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Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (grade 1) £370,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country Good,Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 53.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:52

Full result

15:20 Cheltenham Result 16th March 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Binocular (FR) 11-10 A P McCoy N J Henderson 6 9/1
Held up, improved into 5th approaching 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, led going well soon after next, ran on strongly flat opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £20000-£2400
2nd Khyber Kim 11-10 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 8 7/1
Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, switched left and chased winner approaching last, ran on, no impression opened 7/1 touched 15/2
3rd 6 Zaynar (FR) 11-10 A Tinkler N J Henderson 5 15/2
Chased leader, ridden approaching 3 out, lost 2nd 2 out, beaten when jumped left last, one pace opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £25000-£2500
4th Celestial Halo (IRE) 11-10 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 7/1
Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, relegated to 4th and beaten before last opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th nse Starluck (IRE) 11-10 Timmy Murphy A Fleming 5 14/1
Held up towards rear on outside, headway to go 5th approaching last, no impression on leaders opened 12/1 touched 14/1
6th 6 Solwhit (FR) 11-10 D N Russell C Byrnes 6 6/1
Held up, went 5th after 2nd, pushed along and lost place before 3 out, soon in rear, no impression after opened 7/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1200 £3500-£500 £6000-£1000
7th ¾ Medermit (FR) 11-10 R Thornton A King 6 11/1
Held up, went 4th after 2nd, closed approaching 4th, ridden after 3 out, soon struggling opened 10/1 touched 12/1
8th Jumbo Rio (IRE) 11-10 A J Mcnamara E J O'Grady 5 50/1
Mid-division, not fluent 5th, pushed along approaching 2 out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
9th Punjabi 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 15/2
Chased leaders, closed after 3rd, not fluent next, weakened after 2 out opened 13/2 touched 15/2 £7000-£1000
10th hd Go Native (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 7 11/4f
Held up in rear on inside, jumped right 1st, blundered next, headway to go 5th after 2 out, soon weakened, eased flat opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £8-£2000 £4000-£1000(x4) £7000-£2000 £2800-£800 £20000-£6000 £10000-£3000 £4000-£1200 £2000-£600 £3000-£1000(x12) £1500-£500(x4) £8000-£2000
11th nk Raise Your Heart (IRE) 11-10 J Cullen Ms J Morgan 7 100/1
Held up in rear, still going well enough when not much room briefly before 2 out, soon ridden and weakened opened 100/1 touched 100/1
12th 19 Won In The Dark (IRE) 11-10 G Lee Miss S J Harty 6 40/1
Raced in 4th until 2nd, weakened approaching 4th, soon well behind, hit 3 out, tailed off opened 40/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £10.60 Tote Place: £3.40,2.50,2.40
Straight Forecast: £71.58 Exacta: £80.20 Trifecta: £608.00 Swingers: 1&2:11.70 2&3:10.10 1&3:13.80

Jackpot: £109,908.17 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot: £98.40, Pool: £895596.75, 6642.06 winning tickets
Quadpot: £29.10, Pool: £30280.54, 769.9 winning tickets

Verdict

After an unimpressive season and a setback just weeks before the race, BINOCULAR bounced back to his very best to win the Champion Hurdle under AP McCoy. Sent off at 9-1 by the punters who made him 6-4 favourite last year, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old hurdled like he did as a juvenile - quick and fluent - and travelled with ease behind the fast pace set by Celestial Halo. Paul Nicholls' charge set off like a hare in first-time blinkers but as he faded after the second last Binocular took up the running and never looked like being caught up the hill. Khyber Kim was a clear second best but chased the winner in vain, while Zaynar ran much better in cheekpieces and stayed on for third despite being pushed along early. Go Native was the disappointment as he found little after being held up while Punjabi travelled well but couldn't go on when asked.