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  • 16:40 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (grade 2) £90,000 added 4yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country Good,Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 45.20s
  • Off time: 16:40:24

Full result

16:40 Cheltenham Result 16th March 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Quevega (FR) 11-5 R Walsh W P Mullins 6 6/4f
Mid-division, headway after 7th, challenged 2 out, led approaching last, quickened clear flat, ran on strongly opened 13/8 touched 13/8 £20000-£10000 £10000-£5000 £2000-£1000(x5) £7000-£4000 £13000-£800 £1250-£500(x3)
2nd Carole's Legacy 11-0 A Tinkler N J Henderson 6 20/1
In touch in main group, challenged 7th, led after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, not pace of winner opened 20/1 touched 20/1
3rd Voler La Vedette (IRE) 11-5 B J Geraghty C A Murphy 6 9/4
Mid-division, headway after 7th, challenged 2 out, not quicken and switched right before last, kept on same pace opened 5/2 touched 11/4 £5500-£2000(x2) £2750-£1000(x3) £10000-£4000
4th Amber Brook (IRE) 11-0 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 9 33/1
In touch in main group, hit 6th, challenged after 3 out until approaching last, no extra flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th ½ Easter Legend 11-0 Aidan Coleman Miss E C Lavelle 6 11/1
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, close up when mistake 2 out, soon not quicken, stayed on same pace opened 14/1 touched 14/1
6th 10 Arctic Magic (IRE) 11-0 T J O'Brien W S Kittow 10 33/1
Held up towards rear, struggling approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on passed beaten horses closing stages, never dangerous opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th Aura About You (IRE) 11-0 A P Cawley P Nolan 7 28/1
In touch in main group, mistake 4th, not fluent 7th or 3 out, weakened after 2 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1
8th 3 Alasi 11-0 W Kennedy P R Webber 6 100/1
Held up in rear, ridden after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened after 2 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th s.h No One Tells Me 11-3 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 5 16/1
Disputed 2nd behind clear leader, mistake 7th, soon led, headed after 3 out, weakened after next opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £20000-£1000
10th Argento Luna 11-3 S P Jones O Sherwood 7 33/1
Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, well beaten approaching 3 out opened 33/1 touched 40/1
11th Sway (FR) 10-11 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 4 9/1
Held up in rear, blundered 1st, headway approaching 3 out, pushed along and weakened before next opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £30000-£3000
12th 17 Pepite De Soleil (FR) 11-0 R Thornton P F Nicholls 5 33/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside after 7th, jumped right 3 out, weakened and went right next, blundered last opened 28/1 touched 33/1
13th 9 Zarinava (IRE) 11-5 Paul Moloney Mrs J Harrington 6 25/1
Held up towards rear, well beaten approaching 3 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
14th 2 Princess Rainbow (FR) 11-0 A O'keeffe Jennie Candlish 5 200/1
Mistakes, always behind opened 200/1 touched 200/1
15th 28 Just Beware 11-0 Gemma Gracey-davison Miss Z C Davison 8 200/1
Mid-division, mistake 5th, hit next, soon ridden, weakened next, tailed off opened 200/1 touched 200/1
16th dist Here Comes Sally (IRE) 11-0 S W Flanagan P M Pierce 10 100/1
Disputed 2nd behind clear leader until 7th, soon weakened, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Stravinsky Dance 11-5 Mr S Waley-Cohen N J Henderson 5 50/1
Led, soon clear, headed and weakened after 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 40/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.60 Tote Place: £1.20,4.70,1.30
Straight Forecast: £38.26 Exacta: £38.10 Trifecta: £98.80 Swingers: 1&2:10.20 2&3:9.50 1&3:2.00

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

The first favourite of the day went in as Ruby Walsh booted QUEVEGA up the Cheltenham hill in this mares' race for the second year running. She hadn't been seen since last May but punters put their faith in the ability of Willie Mullins and the result never looked in doubt. She travelled really well, much like the best horse in the race and when Ruby made his move ahead of the final flight nothing was going to catch her. Stravinsky Dance almost pulled Sam Waley-Cohen's arms out in first-time blinkers and she was 20 lengths clear at one stage, but came back to the pack in the last half mile. Voler La Vedette had every chance but she just didn't have the class of the winner and was beaten for second in the end by Carole's Legacy who stayed on well in the closing stages without threatening Quevaga.