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  • 13:45 Sinbad Testimonial 2010/2011 Chase2m

  • £50,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £31,310 2nd £9,250 3rd £4,625 4th £2,315
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 0.00s
  • Off time: 13:46:12

Full result

13:45 Cheltenham Result 14th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Gauvain (GER) 11-0 D A Jacob Nick Williams 8 16/1
Patiently ridden, held up in 5th, steady headway to 4th after 4 out, tracked leading pair going well after 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, challenged last, led flat, kept on well, comfortably opened 16/1 touched 16/1
2nd 4 Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 11-0 B J Geraghty T Cooper 8 11/8f
Raced wide, held up in 6th, headway to chase leaders 6th, went 2nd before upsides and every chance when hit 3 out, led 2 out, headed and not pace of winner flat opened 6/4 touched 6/4 £1750-£1000(x2) £1400-£800 £3250-£2000 £1300-£800(x3) £650-£400 £3000-£2000 £1500-£1000(x4) £1200-£800(x2) £600-£400(x3)
3rd 6 Tataniano (FR) 11-5 N Fehily P F Nicholls 6 7/4
Raced keenly, led, joined when hit 3 out, headed and dropped to 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace opened 6/4 touched 7/4 £7000-£4000 £2450-£1400 £1400-£800(x2) £1300-£800 £3000-£2000(x2) £750-£500
4th 6 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 11-4 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 8 33/1
Held up in rear, reminders after 6th, stayed on to modest 4th and hit 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th 12 Mahogany Blaze (FR) 11-0 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 8 14/1
Chased leading pair, went 2nd and blundered 8th, lost 2nd before 3 out, weakened soon after opened 14/1 touched 16/1
6th 14 Oh Crick (FR) 11-0 W Hutchinson A King 7 7/1
Chased leading trio, pushed along before 4 out, weakened from 3 out, tailed off opened 8/1 touched 8/1
7th 5 Chaninbar (FR) 11-6 S Quinlan M F Harris 7 40/1
Chased leader, hit 2nd, mistake 5th, weakened 8th, soon behind, blundered 4 out, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £17.20 Tote Place: £4.40,1.70
Straight Forecast: £36.86 Exacta: £37.80 Swingers: 1&2:3.90 2&3:1.10 1&3:3.20

Jackpot: £39,700.33 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 15th Nov
Placepot: £90.70, Pool: £205485.45, 1652.48 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £14914.11, 587.84 winning tickets

Verdict

This race looked like a match between seasoned campaigner Forpadydeplasterer and rising star Tataniano but GAUVAIN crashed the party in spectacular style. The gelding was having his first run since leaving Charlie Mann and his first since April 2009 but he had been highly tried in his novice season and wasn't disgraced in finishing sixth (behind Forpadydeplaster) in the Arkle of that year. He travelled and jumped beautifully throughout before being produced to challenge at the second last and found plenty for Daryl Jacob to win comfortably. He was, not surprisingly, given quotes for the Champion Chase after this and that has to be a realistic target providing that he stays sound. Forpadydeplasterer ran his usual game race but once again seemed to lack a change of gear in the closing stages; he was kept wide throughout suggesting that Barry Geraghty may have been looking for better ground and a couple of small mistakes didn't help his cause. Tataniano ran his worst race on testing winter ground at Newbury last season but was very impressive when winning the Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree on a faster surface. He raced exuberantly in front and jumped well and this was by no means a bad return to action as the first two didn't get away from him once he was passed; Noel Fehily reported that he needed the run and this was confirmed by the trainer, his next outing should reveal whether he's capable of holding his own in Championship races. The remainder were up against it on the figures but Oiseau De Nuit rallied well into fourth having received reminders halfway through the race. Mahogany Blaze made two bad mistakes which took their toll but he should continue to perform creditably although he may be difficult to place from his current mark. Oh Crick has run several sound races at Cheltenham in the past and this has to go down as disappointing although in recent years he has done his winning on better ground and his trainer felt that he may have needed the run quite badly.