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  • 12:55 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial 2m 1f

  • (Registered As The Finesse Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2) £22,500 added 4yo 7 ran
  • Winner £12,827 2nd £4,813 3rd £2,410 4th £1,202
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 14.32s
  • Off time: 12:55:56

Full result

12:55 Cheltenham Result 29th January 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Local Hero (GER) 11-4 A P McCoy S Gollings 4 15/8f
Tracked leaders on inside, hit 5th, challenged on inside before last, upsides when mistake last, rallied gamely under strong pressure to lead final 110 yards opened 7/4 touched 2/1 £1125-£500 £4000-£2000(x3) £2000-£1000(x8) £1000-£500(x12) £800-£400 £1500-£800 £750-£400 £875-£500 £650-£400
2nd 2 Third Intention (IRE) 11-4 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 4 5/2
Took keen hold, chased leader, led after 1st until after next, chased leader, went right awkward and led 2 out, ridden and joined last, stayed on under pressure and kept narrow advantage until no extra and headed final 110 yards opened 3/1 touched 3/1 £1667-£500 £1500-£450 £3000-£1000
3rd Indian Daudaie (FR) 11-7 Harry Skelton P F Nicholls 4 5/1
Held up in 5th, headway to 3rd after 3 out, driven to challenge between last 2, one pace approaching last opened 5/1 touched 11/2 £1800-£300
4th 11 Akula (IRE) 11-4 R Johnson M H Tompkins 4 10/1
Led until narrowly headed after 1st, led again after next, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened soon after, well held in 4th when went left and blundered last opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 5 Mark Twain (IRE) 11-0 S Quinlan K C Bailey 4 9/1
Chased leading pair, hit 3 out, soon lost place beaten when pecked 2 out and last opened 9/1 touched 9/1
6th Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) 11-7 A O'keeffe Jennie Candlish 4 9/1
Held up in last pair, headway to 4th before 2 out, weakened soon after, disputing well held 5th when mistake last opened 10/1 touched 12/1
7th 36 Lapin Garou (FR) 11-0 D A Jacob Nick Williams 4 25/1
Hit 1st, held up in last pair, pushed along 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off opened 22/1 touched 25/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.50 Tote Place: £1.80,2.10
Straight Forecast: £6.65 Exacta: £5.80 Swingers: 1&2:1.50 2&3:2.30 1&3:1.60

Jackpot: £48,362.50, Pool: £68116.26, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £268.60, Pool: £222021.02, 603.2 winning tickets
Quadpot: £29.40, Pool: £16978.21, 426.47 winning tickets

Verdict

Not the most fearsome of Triumph Hurdle trials for the watching Sam Winner, Marsh Warbler, Grandouet at al, but a likeable enough performance from LOCAL HERO. Steve Gollings' gelding had beaten nothing of note in two hurdling runs at Wetherby and Doncaster but he had impressed on both occasions. He didn't jump spectacularly well here, making a bad mistake at the fifth flight and at the last, but he responded very gamely under pressure up the run-in. He had actually jumped to the front at the last but found himself in a scrap with runner-up Third Intention, and he will have learnt plenty from the final fifty yards, the last twenty of which he quickened two lengths clear. His trainer described him as a bit of a know-it-all, and whilst ruling out another run before the Festival (for which he will probably run in the Triumph although the Fred Winter is a feasible alternative), he will need to learn to jump better on the schooling ground in the meantime. Considering he pulled so hard in the early stages, Third Intention ran very well. He may well be effective over a tad further, but this looks an improved effort on his Newbury debut win (form worked out well; first juvenile hurdle winner for trainer Colin Tizzard). Indian Daudaie was not particularly well-fancied for his UK debut for Paul Nicholls but he ran well. Having been a bit sketchy at the third, and two from home, he ran on well up the hill and one feels that he'll be a warm order wherever he goes next. Akula ran fairly well from the front but was unable to live with the classier horses late on, whilst Maoi Chinn Tire travelled well. He was hot on the heels of the leaders coming down the hill but couldn't quicken and found his stamina ebbing away up the hill; better ground would have suited and he still looks a cracking claim for connections.