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Cheltenham

  • 13:55 Keith Prowse Hospitality Tingle Creek Chase 2m 110y

  • (Grade 1) £60,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £34,206 2nd £12,834 3rd £6,426 4th £3,204
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.10s
  • Off time: 13:55:23

Full result

13:55 Cheltenham Result 11th December 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Master Minded (FR) 11-7 N Fehily P F Nicholls 7 10/11f
Disputed 3rd in main group, headway 3 out, soon tracked leader, led next, driven clear last, ridden out flat, comfortably opened 10/11 touched 11/10 £1200-£1000 £5000-£5000 £3000-£3000 £2000-£2000 £1000-£1000(x2) £800-£800 £300-£300 £1000-£1100
2nd 8 Petit Robin (FR) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 6/1
Tracked leader and clear, hit 6th, led 4 out, headed 2 out, ridden last, no chance with winner flat, held on for 2nd near finish opened 8/1 touched 8/1
3rd ½ Somersby (IRE) 11-7 Hadden Frost Miss H C Knight 6 13/2
Mid-division in main group, not fluent 8th, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure to go 3rd after last, just held for 2nd near finish, no chance with winner opened 13/2 touched 7/1
4th 12 I'm So Lucky 11-7 T Scudamore D Pipe 8 22/1
Led and clear with one other, mistake and headed 4 out, outpaced when switched right next, lost place before 2 out, soon beaten, lost 3rd after last opened 20/1 touched 22/1
5th ¾ Gauvain (GER) 11-7 D A Jacob Nick Williams 8 11/2
Disputed 3rd in main group until driven and outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no chance with leaders opened 7/1 touched 7/1
6th Mahogany Blaze (FR) 11-7 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 8 40/1
Behind, ridden and outpaced 5 out, never dangerous opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th 7 Kalahari King (FR) 11-7 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 9 9/1
Held up behind, ridden and outpaced 4 out, soon beaten opened 15/2 touched 9/1
8th 6 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 11-7 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 8 66/1
Mid-division in main group, outpaced 4 out, soon lost place, weakened 2 out opened 50/1 touched 66/1
9th dist Kinkeel (IRE) 11-7 E Dehdashti A W Carroll 11 250/1
In rear, lost touch 6th, soon tailed off opened 250/1 touched 250/1
NR Twist Magic (FR) 11-7 S Thomas P F Nicholls 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.10,2.10,2.10
Straight Forecast: £6.83 Exacta: £8.30 Trifecta: £25.60 Swingers: 1&2:3.20 2&3:5.30 1&3:1.40

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

MASTER MINDED was entitled to win this on the figures and he produced a scintillating round to take the rescheduled Tingle Creek. Noel Fehily decided to sit some way off the breakneck pace set by I'm So Lucky and Petit Robin and though it looked as if he may have given those rivals plenty of ground - he was able to progress rapidly on the run to the second last and put the issue beyond any doubt with two sumptuous leaps. Clive Smith confirmed that he is likely to head to the Victor Chandler at Ascot in January before attempting to regain his crown at Cheltenham in March. Petit Robin tired in the closing stages and that was understandable given that he had been involved in an early duel. This was a fair effort on reappearance and it is entirely possible that he has improved. Sommersby had proved unruly in the preliminaries and his participation was in doubt. He ran on well despite making a mistake at the eighth and he will be seen to better effect when stepped up in trip and ideally, on better ground. Gauvain tracked the leaders though could not cope once the race started to take shape. Perhaps this race was a classic case of the bounce factor but he is much better than this run suggests. Kalahari King was customarily held up and while allowed plenty of time to get into the race, his goose was cooked once he met the third last awkwardly. His better efforts have tended to obtain in the spring and though he will be better over further, ambitions of a King George look light years away on this evidence.