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Cheltenham

  • 14:00 Tigmi Travel Dipper Novices' Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade 2) £25,000 added 5yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 21.40s
  • Off time: 14:03:10

Full result

14:00 Cheltenham Result 1st January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Hell's Bay (FR) 11-4 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 9 16/1
Held up towards rear on inside, headway 11th, led travelling well 2 out, hit last, driven out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
2nd ¾ Medermit (FR) 11-4 R Thornton A King 7 9/2
Held up towards rear, switched right after 11th, headway next, close up when pecked slightly 3 out, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, stayed on under pressure to close 100 yards out, held towards finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £7500-£1500 £5000-£1000 £1350-£300
3rd 22 Reve de Sivola (FR) 11-7 D A Jacob Nick Williams 6 4/1
In touch, not fluent 3rd, not fluent and reminders next, mistakes 10th and 11th, outpaced and lost place from 4 out, no impression after, went well held 3rd flat opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £1800-£400
4th 1 Have You Seen Me (IRE) 11-0 T Molloy N A Twiston-Davies 8 28/1
Took keen hold, prominent, led 3rd, headed approaching 2 out, soon beaten opened 28/1 touched 28/1
5th 7 Master Of The Hall (IRE) 11-4 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 13/2
Held up towards rear on outside, headway 9th, close up 13th, 4th and beaten when awkward 2 out, soon weakened opened 9/2 touched 13/2 £4200-£600
6th 9 Sway (FR) 10-2 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 5 11/2
Held up towards rear, headway 8th, 6th and ridden when pecked 3 out, soon weakened opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £3200-£600 £5000-£900
7th Cois Farraig 11-7 D Elsworth P R Webber 6 22/1
Mid-divsion, lost place when mistake 10th, mistake next, soon well in rear, jumped right 3 out opened 20/1 touched 22/1
8th 6 Othermix (FR) 11-0 D C Costello Ian Williams 7 20/1
Prominent, ridden after 13th, weakened after 3 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
9th ½ Mr Thriller (FR) 11-0 T Scudamore D Pipe 6 7/2f
Led until 3rd, not fluent next, hit 11th, soon hampered and lost place, well in rear when awkward 3 out opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £1800-£400(x2) £1200-£300 £1050-£300
10th 6 Billie Magern 11-7 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 7 50/1
In touch in mid-division, not fluent 2nd, lost place 11th, rear when mistake next, soon well behind, bumped 3 out opened 40/1 touched 50/1
PU Simarian (IRE) 11-0 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 6 80/1
Mid-division, not fluent 1st, jumped slowly and dropped rear next, lost touch from 7th, pulled up after opened 66/1 touched 80/1
F Sang Bleu (FR) 10-9 Harry Skelton P F Nicholls 5 28/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, fell 3rd opened 20/1 touched 28/1
UR Ranjobaie (FR) 11-0 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 6 40/1
Held up in rear, blundered and unseated rider 8th opened 40/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £24.00 Tote Place: £4.50,2.40,2.20
Straight Forecast: £80.92 Exacta: £127.60 Trifecta: £331.80 Swingers: 1&2:13.20 2&3:4.60 1&3:22.20

Jackpot: £24,519.12 carried forward to Plumpton, 2nd Jan
Placepot: £156.20, Pool: £194585.1, 909.03 winning tickets
Quadpot: £27.00, Pool: £16151.34, 442.5 winning tickets

Verdict

A tremendous finish to one of the most hotly-anticipated novice races of the season, although it's unlikely that many predicted the winner given the starting price of 16-1 for HELL'S BAY. Colin and Joe Tizzard had suffered a real body blow just 30 minutes previously after Joe Lively lost his life, however a small fillip emerged here in another potential star. Always travelling well in a race run at a strong tempo due to Have You Seen Me and Mr Thriller taking each other on in the early stages, the nine-year-old, the oldest in the race, was able to hit the front on the turn for home still travelling strongly. He had to dig deep to repel the rallying Medermit in the final furlong but on this evidence he becomes a major player for both the Jewson Novices Chase and the RSA Chase at the Festival in March. Having been picked up for a paltry £3,000 at the sales in August, the former Paul Nicholls-inmate is another fine example of the talented Colin Tizzard's wares. The runner-up emerges with great credit also; the first two were 22 lengths clear of the third home Reve De Sivola. Alan King's gelding was up in trip for the first time but he travelled well into contention, jumping economically and accurately, before just bumping into a better horse on the day; he has done his Festival claims no harm at all but which race he should go fo remains cloudy. Given the history of strong-stayer's winning the Arkle, that should still be the favoured route. Reve De Sivola was fairly prominent throughout but he seemed to get outpaced before just plodding on up the hill ahead of Have You Seen Me. The former seemed to jump better than when winning over the C+D last month, so the result is somewhat baffling. More likeable was the run of the fourth who helped set a strong pace, aided by some exuberant leaps. He evidently enjoys his racing and the way Mr Thriller weakened before the downhill run might suggest his run is even more meritorious. The last-named seemed to drop away quickly and may not have been 100% after a couple of slow leaps; he might just need softer ground and his sights lowering however. Master Of The Hall took a circuitous route throughout but held every chance when jumping to the front three fences from home. This was disappointing and he finished a tired, and well-beaten, horse. A place back Sway failed to see out her race and McCoy's quest to do 10st2lb was in vain, whilst Cois Farraig never got competitive.