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Cheltenham

  • 13:50 Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (grade 2) £25,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 57.80s
  • Off time: 13:51:05

Full result

13:50 Cheltenham Result 12th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cue Card 11-7 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 4 8/13f
Settled in 3rd place, not fluent 3rd, tracked leader on bit soon after 3 out, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, soon quickened right away, impressive opened 8/11 touched 8/11 £4000-£5000 £2000-£2500 £1120-£1400 £600-£750 £400-£500 £4000-£5500(x3) £2000-£2750 £1600-£2200 £800-£1100(x9) £400-£550(x2) £4000-£6000 £2000-£3000(x7) £1200-£1800 £1000-£1500(x2) £800-£1200 £400-£600(x3)
2nd 8 Dunraven Storm (IRE) 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 5 5/1
Chased clear leader, close up 3rd, led 3 out, joined and hit 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no chance with impressive winner, clear 2nd best opened 5/1 touched 11/2 £2750-£500(x2) £10000-£2000
3rd 10 Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 11-7 P Townend T O'Brien 6 11/1
Led, set strong pace, hit 1st, soon clear, reduced lead 3rd, hit 4th and next, ridden and headed 3 out, no chance with leading duo from next, well beaten when hit last opened 12/1 touched 14/1
4th 6 Owen Glendower (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 16/1
Held up in 4th and off the pace, effort and closed before 3 out, outpaced before next, well held in 4th when hit last opened 14/1 touched 16/1
5th 15 King Of The Night (GER) 11-7 N Fehily P F Nicholls 6 15/2
Held up in rear and well off the pace, hit 1st, pushed along after 5th, soon outpaced and no chance, tailed off opened 7/1 touched 15/2
6th nk Maska Pony (IRE) 11-7 G Lee G M Moore 6 40/1
Raced off the pace in last trio, ridden and awkward 5th, soon outpaced, no chance when blundered 2 out, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 50/1
7th 28 Far Away So Close (IRE) 11-7 D N Russell P Nolan 5 18/1
Always in last pair, jumped slowly 5th, outpaced and no chance soon after, eased after last, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £20000-£1000
NR Valid Point (IRE) 11-0 R P Flint J A B Old 4

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.60 Tote Place: £1.40,2.30
Straight Forecast: £4.02 Exacta: £4.40 Trifecta: £14.90 Swingers: 1&2:1.40 2&3:5.60 1&3:3.50

Jackpot: £12,830.40, Pool: £18071.03, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £43.40, Pool: £213401.77, 3582.53 winning tickets
Quadpot: £11.40, Pool: £13261.43, 855.14 winning tickets

Verdict

Great things have been expected from Cue Card ever since he burst into the public's conscience with a hugely impressive 8 length victory in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. He was more or less footperfect on his introduction to hurdling at Aintree and the manner of that success served to increase the excitement about his prospects. This represented a step up in class but, in truth, he really only had Dunraven Storm to beat and Philip Hobbs' hurdler doesn't appear to be at the top of the pecking order in his own yard let alone across the board. Irish raider Ballyadam Brook took them along at a sensible pace until three from home when Dunraven Storm took over the running with Cue Card still travelling strongly in third and the remainder already beaten. Joe Tizzard jumped the second last alongsides Dunraven Storm and was still hard on the bit with Richard Johnson busy aboard his mount on the inside. It wasn't until they rounded the final turn and approached the last that Joe Tizzard asked Cue Card to go on; he was springheeled at the final flight and quickened clear under hands and heels to win by 8 lengths with 10 lengths back to the third. Stiffer tasks await but he wasn't extended to win as he liked and one can only guess how much more there is to come from this four year old son of King's Theatre. His odds were slashed for both the Supreme Novices' and the Champion Hurdle with Timeform reporting that he had recorded and unusually high figure for the time of year and it's hard to argue with the reaction to this performance from a hugely talented prospect.