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Cheltenham

  • 13:20 Unicoin Homes Relkeel Hurdle 2m 4f 110y

  • (Grade 2) £35,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £19,954 2nd £7,486 3rd £3,748 4th £1,869
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 52.30s
  • Off time: 13:21:02

Full result

13:20 Cheltenham Result 11th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Karabak (FR) 11-2 A P McCoy A King 7 5/1
Held up in touch, hit 3rd, headway 3 out, challenged next, led before last, soon pressed, ridden and rallied when headed briefly flat, stayed on towards finish opened 5/1 touched 5/1
2nd Any Given Day (IRE) 11-2 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 5 10/1
Held up in rear, hit 4th, ridden and outpaced 3 out, headway under pressure on outside between last 2, ridden to challenge last, stayed on to lead briefly flat, kept on, no extra towards finish opened 11/1 touched 11/1
3rd Celestial Halo (IRE) 11-6 Harry Skelton P F Nicholls 6 10/1
In touch on inside, driven to chase leading pair after 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on same pace, no impression flat opened 8/1 touched 10/1
4th 7 Zaynar (FR) 11-6 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 4/1f
Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace, no impression flat opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £4500-£1000 £1800-£400 £2000-£500 £2000-£500 £6000-£1500
5th nk Ashkazar (FR) 11-6 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 6 40/1
Driven and lost prominent position 1st, soon behind, driven 3 out, ridden to chase leaders after next, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th Kayf Aramis 11-2 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 8 33/1
Mid-division, lost place 6th, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never near leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th Restless Harry 11-6 H Oliver R Dickin 6 11/2
Pressed leader, mistake 3rd, led after 3 out to next, soon ridden and one pace, no impression approaching last opened 7/1 touched 7/1
8th 2 Sentry Duty (FR) 11-2 A Tinkler N J Henderson 8 8/1
Held up behind, headway 3 out, outpaced after next, never on terms opened 13/2 touched 8/1
9th 4 Quartz de Thaix (FR) 10-12 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 6 8/1
Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced between last 2, weakened flat opened 8/1 touched 9/1
10th 17 Banjaxed Girl 10-9 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 6 8/1
Led, driven and headed after 3 out, weakened next opened 10/1 touched 10/1
11th 4 Carlito Brigante (IRE) 11-6 D N Russell G Elliott 4 20/1
Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure on outside 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last opened 16/1 touched 20/1
12th 9 Tail of The Bank (IRE) 10-12 L Heard Mrs L J Young 7 100/1
Close up on outside, lost place after 3 out, weakened after next opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR Afsoun (FR) 11-6 Alex Merriam N B King 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.90 Tote Place: £1.60,3.60,2.40
Straight Forecast: £50.23 Exacta: £53.10 Trifecta: £606.10 Swingers: 1&2:10.60 2&3:19.30 1&3:3.50

Jackpot: £3,033.90, Pool: £14956.06, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £43.90, Pool: £225954.6, 3753.16 winning tickets
Quadpot: £14.60, Pool: £15397.45, 779.7 winning tickets

Verdict

A very high quality renewal of the Relkeel Hurdle with a stellar cast in opposition and KARABAK managed to get his head infront for the first time in a couple of seasons. Alan King's charge has been taking on top opposition but this 2m5f seemed an ideal trip under an end-to-end gallop and having raced in touch, Tony McCoy brought him to deliver his challenge with two to jump and he was able to fend off the late and persistent threat of the second. Alan King revealed that he had wanted to run him in the Long Run hurdle but the owner's decision to run at Cheltenham proved a correct one. A return for the Cleeve Hurdle and then a tilt at the World Hurdle appears the likely programme ahead. Any Given Day had his chance to win this and his passage into the closing duel was remarkable. Held up in the early stages, he made a number of mistakes and having sat a fair way off the pace, he rattled up the hill from an unpromising position to challenge the winner and force his head infront after the last. He could not repel the final thrust of the winner though he was well clear of the third. Celestial Halo was entitled to run well on his return from an abortive chasing campaign. He travelled as well as anything though didn't finish his race when push came to shove. Zaynar looked to have been lit up by the first time blinkers. He held every chance at the eighth but paid the penalty for racing too keenly. The excuses are now beginning to run thin. Ashkazar ran a bizarre race to be fifth. Shoved along throughout the contest, he threatened to stop in the early stages before consenting to plug on at the death. Kayf Aramis found things happening a little too quickly and will be better once returned to handicaps. Sentry Duty was easy to back beforehand and one presumes he will come on for this effort.