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Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Stan James Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places , Cross Country G/F,Good in places )
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 52.20s
  • Off time: 13:30:32

Full result

13:30 Cheltenham Result 15th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Al Ferof (FR) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 10/1
Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders next, stayed on well under pressure to lead flat, kept on opened 10/1 touched 10/1
2nd 2 Spirit Son (FR) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 5/1
Tracked leaders, headway 3 out, challenged next, ridden and switched right between last 2, led narrowly last, edged right under pressure and headed flat, kept on same pace opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £6000-£1000(x2) £5000-£800 £5000-£800 £3000-£500 £22000-£4000 £11000-£2000 £11000-£2000 £5500-£1000
3rd Sprinter Sacre (FR) 11-7 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 11/1
Raced keenly, held up in mid-division, headway and in touch 5th, challenged 3 out, soon led, headed briefly next, hit and headed last, ridden and kept on same pace flat opened 11/1 touched 11/1
4th Cue Card 11-7 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 7/4f
Mid-division, headway 3 out, led narrowly next, soon ridden and headed, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, no extra flat opened 9/4 touched 9/4 £50000-£20000 £12500-£5000 £10000-£4000 £5000-£2000(x6) £2500-£1000(x2) £11250-£5000 £9000-£4000(x5) £4500-£2000(x6) £2250-£1000(x5) £20000-£10000 £6000-£3000 £4000-£2000(x2) £15000-£8000(x2) £7500-£4000(x6) £3750-£2000(x4) £3500-£2000
5th Recession Proof (FR) 11-7 R Thornton J J Quinn 5 12/1
Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace opened 10/1 touched 12/1 £12000-£1000
6th 7 Rathlin 11-7 J M Maguire P J Rothwell 6 33/1
Raced wide in mid-division, headway and in touch 5th, led before 3 out, headed soon after, weakened before last opened 33/1 touched 40/1 £40000-£800
7th Zaidpour (FR) 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 5 11/1
Mid-division, outpaced when hit 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £11000-£1000
8th ¾ Spanish Treasure (GER) 11-7 Nick Scholfield Andrew Turnell 5 66/1
Held up, always towards rear opened 66/1 touched 66/1
9th 4 Far Away So Close (IRE) 11-7 D N Russell P Nolan 6 66/1
Held up behind, headway into mid-division 3 out, never reached leaders opened 66/1 touched 66/1 £60000-£400
10th Gibb River (IRE) 11-7 A Tinkler N J Henderson 5 22/1
Held up towards rear, outpaced 5th, never on terms opened 20/1 touched 22/1
11th 7 Marsh Warbler 10-13 F Davis B Ellison 4 22/1
Mistake 1st, tracked leaders on inside, lost place 3 out, soon weakened opened 20/1 touched 22/1 £20000-£1000 £10000-£600
12th 10 Hidden Universe (IRE) 11-7 Mr Robbie McNamara D K Weld 5 16/1
Led to after 1st, tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £8000-£500
13th 8 Magen's Star (IRE) 11-0 D J Condon T Stack 6 14/1
Tracked leader, led narrowly after 1st, headed 3rd, with leader, led again briefly before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £20000-£1000
14th 13 Sheer Genius (IRE) 11-7 Andrew J McNamara J J Murphy 6 150/1
Always behind opened 150/1 touched 150/1
PU Dunraven Storm (IRE) 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 20/1
Joined leader after 1st, led narrowly 3rd, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next opened 20/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £10.10 Tote Place: £2.60,2.00,3.00
Straight Forecast: £55.64 Exacta: £54.90 Trifecta: £603.30 Swingers: 1&2:6.70 2&3:8.60 1&3:14.50

Jackpot: £142,083.50, Pool: £200117.69, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £60.60, Pool: £970517.56, 11686.68 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.30, Pool: £40783.77, 3221.34 winning tickets

Verdict

A strong staying performance from AL FEROF, very much in the mould of the fellow John Hales-owned Noland who won the race in 2006. Ruby Walsh had chosen him over Willie Mullins' Zaidpour, and he made the right choice. Settled further back than he had previously been over hurdles, the grey jumped fluently all the way round, indeed he jumped so well that it carried him into closer than midfield when they reached the top of the hill. He was under pressure coming down the hill (indeed he had been off the bridle almost from the fall of the flag) but his stamina kicked in and although he still had two lengths to find coming to the last, he absolutely winged it. That took him level with Spirit Son, and he then bounded away from that rival for a well-earned success. He hung a little up the hill, both left and right, but his ears were pricked as he crossed the line and there's no telling how much more he had to give. The runner-up, one of three Nicky Henderson runners, ran a blinder. He travelled as well as anything and his jockey hadn't asked him for his effort at the bottom of the hill, but he was made to look relatively one-paced by the winner. This was by far a career-best and he was nicely clear of the third and fourth home. Third was his stablemate Sprinter Sacre. He was another to travel really well, and he was the horse who first put it up to favourite Cue Card. Both started to race for the line before the home turn and one cannot help but feel that both may have fared better had there been quicker and better horses for both to follow. Sprinter Sacre hit the last flight of hurdles very hard which stopped his momentum, but he was being swamped at the time. Favourite Cue Card had raced in midfield for a long way, and the feeling is that he was probably a little crowded on more than one occasion. However Joe Tizzard steered him wide approaching the third last hurdle in order to get a good look at the obstacle and he responded with a fine jump. Indeed he was travelling and jumping so well that his momentum took him into the lead before two from home. That may have been the undoing of him, although it must be said that he was probably beaten fair and square; a mistake at the second-last wouldn't have helped though. The first four were clear, with Recession Proof running on well for fifth. This was a big run after his totesport Trophy victory just a couple of weeks prior, and he should not be underestimated wherever he goes next. The two Gigginstown Stud horses ran well, with Rathlin in sixth and Far Away So Close in ninth, however arguably the bigger eye-catchers were Zaidpour, who seemed to get outpaced at a crucial time, and Spanish Treasure who belied his odds of 66/1 by running on for a never nearer eighth. They appeared to go a decent clip, and that found out Marsh Warbler on ground too quick for him, whilst Magen's Star helped set some of the early gallop but looked another to find this all too much on quick ground.