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Cheltenham

  • 12:10 Injured Jockeys' Fund Oaksey House Novices' Chase2m 5f

  • £15,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £9,393 2nd £2,775 3rd £1,388 4th £694
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 15.60s
  • Off time: 12:40:32

Full result

12:10 Cheltenham Result 10th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Reve de Sivola (FR) 11-0 D A Jacob Nick Williams 5 3/1
Chased leaders until jumped slowly 1st and 2nd and dropped to rear, reminder after 4th, left 3rd at 7th(water), mistake 4out, closed after 3 out, chased leader approaching 2 out, led just before last, driven and stayed on well flat opened 7/2 touched 7/2
2nd Wishfull Thinking 11-8 R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 8/1
Chased leading pair, badly hampered and nearly unseated rider 7th (water), recovered to 2nd approaching 10th, hit 3 out, closed on leader when lost 2nd before next, stayed challenging on inside and every chance last, stayed on same pace flat opened 7/1 touched 8/1
3rd 6 Rebel Du Maquis (FR) 11-8 Harry Skelton P F Nicholls 5 15/2
Chased clear leader, closed up 5th, narrow lead next, left clear 7th(water), hit 4 out, reduced lead after next, hit 2 out, ridden and headed just before last, weakened to 3rd soon after last opened 7/1 touched 8/1
F Othermix (FR) 11-0 D C Costello Ian Williams 6 15/2
Led at good pace and clear 3rd, reduced lead 5th, narrowly headed next, about 1 length 2nd when slipped on landing and fell 7th (water) opened 17/2 touched 17/2 £12000-£1200 £8000-£800
F Spirit River (FR) 11-0 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 11/8f
Close up disputing 4th, left chasing clear leader 7th (water), hit next and 10th and lost 2nd, weakened 11th, in rear and struggling when went badly left collided with wing and fell heavily 3 out opened 11/8 touched 6/4 £3000-£2000 £900-£600 £600-£400 £550-£400
BD Radium (FR) 11-5 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 12/1
Close up hit 4th, disputing close 4th when brought down 7th (water) opened 14/1 touched 14/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.50 Tote Place: £1.70,2.70
Straight Forecast: £23.52 Exacta: £27.10 Swingers: 1&2:3.70 2&3:2.60 1&3:3.20

Jackpot: £5,655.30 carried forward to Cheltenham, 11th Dec
Placepot: £104.80, Pool: £186960.9, 1301.38 winning tickets
Quadpot: £14.10, Pool: £13400.84, 699.15 winning tickets

Verdict

Racing took place thirty minutes late but there were no shortage of thrills and spills on ground that was described by the jockeys as Good to Soft with dead patches. The complexion of the race was to alter dramatically at the water jump as the early leader, Othermix, departed and brought down Radium while causing significant interference to Wishfull Thinking, who did well to survive in the melee. REVE DE SIVOLA was very deliberate at his early fences but that element of his performance improved during the contest and with a fast gallop, the premium of stamina became apparent. Daryl Jacob was able to produce his mount up the home straight to reel in Rebel Du Maquis and repel all comers close home. Trainer Nick Williams confirmed that his preparations for the race had been badly held up by the weather and that his five-year-old may have blown up close home. He is likely to return to Cheltenham in January. A concession of 8lb to the winner was probably going to be a tough ask for Wishfull Thinking but he was far from disgraced in light of that earlier incident. He did make a couple of minor errors but he seems resilient enough and can win again. Phillip Hobbs suggested that his future lies over three miles. Rebel Du Maquis attempted to steal this race after being left in front after the seventh. The decision of the rider to do so was perhaps understandable under the circumstances but he was as sitting duck for the rest with two to take and his earlier exertions took their toll. It was too early to tell with Radium. He did hit the fourth fence though no questions were being asked of him when he was taken out through no fault of his own. Spirit River fell at Newbury and that seemed still to be fresh in his mind. His fencing had looked laboured at times and he dropped away tamely with four to jump. His fall at the third last looked a particularly nasty one and it remains to be seen as to whether connections or the horse will wish to persevere with this discipline.