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Cheltenham

  • 16:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • £45,000 added 4yo+ 23 ran
  • Winner £28,179 2nd £8,325 3rd £4,162 4th £2,084
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 45.20s
  • Off time: 16:41:09

Full result

16:40 Cheltenham Result 18th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Sir Des Champs (FR) 11-6 Emmet Mullins (3) W P Mullins 5 9/2f
Held up in rear, mid-division and plenty to do 2 out, 7th and stayed on well approaching last, went 3rd last, ran on flat to lead near finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £20000-£4000 £5000-£1000 £18000-£4000 £9000-£2000(x2) £8000-£2000 £4000-£1000(x3) £2000-£500(x3)
2nd ½ Son of Flicka 11-12 Henry Brooke (6) D McCain Jnr 7 28/1
In touch, lost place and outpaced approaching 7th, rallied before 2 out, led approaching last, stayed on under pressure, headed near finish opened 25/1 touched 33/1
3rd 2 First Point (GER) 11-10 D Bass (3) N J Henderson 8 20/1
In touch, challenged 2 out, every chance last, lost 2nd towards finish, stayed on same pace close home opened 20/1 touched 20/1
4th 4 Indian Daudaie (FR) 11-2 Mr James Cowley (8) P F Nicholls 4 25/1
Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led after 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra final 100 yards opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th 10 Kauto Relko (FR) 10-13 Peter Carberry (3) Mrs R Hobbs 7 50/1
Took keen hold in mid-division, hampered 7th, headway after 3 out, tracking leaders after next, 5th and beaten when mistake last, weakened flat opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th 2 Hollins 11-4 Joe Colliver (8) Micky Hammond 7 16/1
Mid-division, ridden after 2 out, stayed on approaching last, kept on flat, going on towards finish, never nearer opened 14/1 touched 16/1
7th nk Barizan (IRE) 11-12 Aodhagan Conlon Evan Williams 5 16/1
Took keen hold, led, hit 2nd, ridden and headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 18/1 touched 18/1
8th ¾ Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 11-0 Jake Greenall (5) M F Harris 6 12/1
Prominent, not fluent 4th, mistake next, outpaced 7th, stayed on flat, no impression opened 14/1 touched 14/1
9th 1 Shoegazer (IRE) 11-5 C O'Farrell (3) D Pipe 6 13/2
Mid-division, headway after 7th, tracking leaders on bend before last, soon weakened opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £4000-£500
10th ½ Karasenir (IRE) 11-9 Giles Hawkins (3) P J Hobbs 5 25/1
Held up towards rear, blundered 5th, edged left and headway under pressure approaching last, stayed on flat, never dangerous opened 20/1 touched 25/1
11th 5 Monetary Fund (USA) 11-2 Jeremiah McGrath (8) N J Henderson 5 18/1
Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, mistake 6th, moderate progress but no chance when hampered by faller approaching last opened 20/1 touched 20/1
12th s.h Higgy's Boy (IRE) 11-2 R J Killoran (3) N J Henderson 6 28/1
Held up towards rear, hit 1st, ridden 5th, never in contention opened 25/1 touched 28/1
13th Prince du Seuil (FR) 11-0 Peter Hatton (8) A King 8 33/1
Held up towards rear, headway 7th, mistake 2 out, soon weakened opened 33/1 touched 33/1
14th Astracad (FR) 11-12 S Twiston-Davies (3) N A Twiston-Davies 5 14/1
Chased leaders, close 3rd after 3 out, weakened after next opened 22/1 touched 22/1
15th 3 Qaspal (FR) 11-9 Matt Griffiths (3) P J Hobbs 7 10/1
Held up towards rear, mid-division 3 out, no chance with leaders when badly hampered by faller approaching last opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £20000-£2000 £5000-£500
16th 16 Palomar (USA) 11-8 F Davis B Ellison 9 33/1
Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, mid-division 3 out, no impression opened 33/1 touched 33/1
17th Riptide 11-5 J Kington (3) D McCain Jnr 5 66/1
Prominent, ridden after 5th, weakened 7th opened 66/1 touched 66/1
18th 65 Sahrati 10-13 Donal Devereux M Blake 7 100/1
Mistake 4th, always in rear, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU La Bombonera (FR) 11-0 R T Dunne (3) Miss V Williams 5 100/1
Mid-division, ridden and weakened 6th, pulled up after 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
F Shalone 11-11 Charlie Huxley (3) A King 7 20/1
Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, not much room on bend before last, close 5th when fell soon after opened 16/1 touched 20/1
F King Of The Night (GER) 11-10 Ian Popham (3) P F Nicholls 7 8/1
Chased leaders, hit 3rd, fell 7th opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000(x2)
BD Siberian Tiger (IRE) 11-7 B J Cooper Evan Williams 6 22/1
Held up in rear, brought down 7th opened 25/1 touched 25/1
BD Mister Hyde (IRE) 11-0 R P Mclernon (3) Jonjo O'Neill 6 16/1
Prominent, ridden and about 8th when brought down 7th opened 14/1 touched 16/1
NR Dantari (IRE) 11-0 B T O'Connell Evan Williams 6

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £4.70 Tote Place: £2.20,7.10,6.50,6.20
Straight Forecast: £137.29 Exacta: £114.90 Trifecta: £4,182.20 Swingers: 1&2:22.50 2&3:162.70 1&3:45.50

Jackpot: £251,836.38 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 19th Mar
Placepot: £4,332.10, Pool: £969985.4, 163.45 winning tickets
Quadpot: £530.70, Pool: £45633.74, 63.62 winning tickets

Verdict

A finish reminiscent of the County Hurdle, as another Willie Mullins-trained horse came from a different parish to get up in the dying strides. This time it was SIR DES CHAMPS' turn under Emmet Mullins to scythe through his rivals turning for home. He still had a handful of lengths to find with the leaders at the final flight, but he met it well and put his giant stride to good use soon after, cutting down Son Of Flicka in the shadow of the post. He's a horse with scope for plenty of improvement, and it was probably just his experience (only had two runs under rules previously) which saw him get so far back. He'll make a nice chaser next season, but we may see him again before the season is out, especially as the handicapper shouldn't go overboard about this win. The runner-up was outpaced going down the hill as the race developed, but he stayed on really well and jumped to the front two from home. He really met the last on a good stride but seemed to get a little lonely on the run-in; it was harsh that he got cut down late on by the winner. First Point, like the runner-up, was never too far off the pace and he was another to fare well under a big weight, whilst Indian Daudaie ran a career-best. The four-year-old ran a cracker, putting in a great leap at the top of the hill to move almost into the lead. He had no more to give after the last, but this was a career-best. Kauto Relko followed them home, having looked a major player turning in. Like the winner he came from off the pace (although from not as far back), and this chasing type had every chance turning in; ultimately it was probably a little disappointing that he didn't see out his race too strongly, making a mistake at the last when beaten. Hollins likes soft ground so he did well to run on for a never-nearer sixth; he has size and scope and should make up into a nice chaser sooner rather than alter. Barizan finished seventh, which was some effort considering he went off like a scalded cat. He flattened the second hurdle, and wasn't particularly fluent thereafter, but his jockey tried to nick the race from the front coming down the hill and this must go down as a return to form; he's definitely a spring horse. Rose Of The Moon was outpaced after a mistake at the fifth, whilst Karasenir was another who found the hurdles getting in the way (not for the first time). There was more hurdling drama, as King Of The Night was just creeping into the reckoning when falling at the seventh, bringing down Siberian Tiger and Mister Hyde In The Process. As if that wasn't enough, Shalone then took a fall on the flat when turning for home. He was still in with every chance but clipped heels with Shoegazer, who himself was trying to muscle his way into the reckoning. After the incident he weakened, but he was probably starting to feel the pinch at the time.