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Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase 3m 110y

  • (Grade 3) £75,000 added 5yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 10.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:15

Full result

14:40 Cheltenham Result 15th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Bensalem (IRE) 11-2 R Thornton A King 8 5/1
Held up towards rear, steady headway 13th, tracked leaders 4 out, went 2nd after next, led narrowly on outside approaching 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on well under pressure when hard pressed flat, held on near finish opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £6500-£1000 £5000-£750 £10000-£1600 £6000-£1000 £3000-£500(x2)
2nd ½ Carole's Legacy 11-5 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 9/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden after next, challenged 2 out, kept on under pressure and every chance flat, held near finsh opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £12000-£1000 £10000-£800
3rd 11 Reve de Sivola (FR) 10-13 D A Jacob Nick Williams 6 9/1
In touch, hampered 3rd, left 2nd after 11th, mistake and lost place 4 out, outpaced next, left clear 3rd 2 out, no impression with leading pair before last opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £5000-£500 £5000-£550
4th 17 Fair Along (GER) 11-7 R P Flint P J Hobbs 9 25/1
Led in start, soon mid-division, lost place 7th, soon struggling, plugged on to go moderate 4th at last, no chance with leaders opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th King Fontaine (IRE) 10-13 G Lee J M Jefferson 8 16/1
Mid-division on inside, mistake and reminder 14th, kept on from 2 out, never near leaders opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £20000-£800 £12500-£500
6th Exmoor Ranger (IRE) 11-3 D F O'Regan V R A Dartnall 9 25/1
Behind, hampered 5th, headway into mid-division 14th, never nearer opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £20000-£800
7th No Panic (IRE) 10-0 Aidan Coleman P Bowen 8 80/1
In touch on outside, effort 4 out, soon outpaced, left remte 4th 2 out, weakened and lost place last opened 66/1 touched 80/1
8th 7 The Sawyer (BEL) 10-11 Nathan Sweeney (7) R H Buckler 11 40/1
Led, mistake and headed 3rd, tracked leader until mistake 9th, in touch, lost place 14th, weakened 4 out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th 4 Blazing Bailey 11-12 W Hutchinson A King 9 16/1
Mid-division, lost place 9th, soon behind, no danger after opened 16/1 touched 16/1
10th 19 Carrickmines (IRE) 10-1 J E Moore Dr R D P Newland 9 40/1
Hampered 5th, always behind, no chance when jumped right last opened 33/1 touched 40/1
11th Wolf Moon (IRE) (ex5) 10-0 T Scudamore M Keighley 8 10/1
Mid-division, lost place 8th, soon behind, no danger after opened 11/1 touched 11/1
12th 7 The Rainbow Hunter 10-5 Edward Cookson (7) Andrew Turnell 7 20/1
Mid-division, ridden and weakened 4 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£500
PU Rare Bob (IRE) 11-10 P W Flood D T Hughes 9 20/1
In touch, led 3rd until headed and pulled up quickly after 11th opened 20/1 touched 25/1 £20000-£1000
PU Slippers Percy (IRE) 10-9 D G Hogan (3) Denis Hogan 9 50/1
Mid-division, hampered 3rd, blundered 12th, behind from next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 40/1 touched 50/1
F Chief Dan George (IRE) 11-7 P Aspell James Moffatt 11 33/1
Mid-division on outside when fell 5th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Great Endeavour (IRE) 11-7 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 7 13/2
Soon in touch, went 2nd at 9th, led 11th, ridden after 3 out, soon under pressure, headed narrowly and still every chance when fell next opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £26000-£4000 £5200-£800
F Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 10-12 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 8 9/2f
Towards rear of mid-division when fell 7th opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £5000-£900 £30000-£6000 £20000-£4000(x2) £15000-£3000 £10000-£2000(x7) £5000-£1000(x11)
UR Razor Royale (IRE) 10-11 S Twiston-Davies (3) N A Twiston-Davies 9 25/1
Chased leaders on inside when jinked right and unseated rider approaching 12th opened 20/1 touched 25/1
UR Adams Island (IRE) 10-6 Aodhagan Conlon (5) Miss R Curtis 7 16/1
In touch when blundered and unseated rider 3rd opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.50 Tote Place: £2.30,1.90,2.40,4.60
Straight Forecast: £45.41 Exacta: £56.10 Trifecta: £348.50 Swingers: 1&2:8.30 2&3:9.60 1&3:10.10

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 popular victory, as BENSALEM, who had been travelling so well prior to falling in the race last year, gained recompense 12 months on. However this was no bloodless victory, as he had to pull out all of the stops to see off the game mare Carole's Legacy all the way up the finishing straight. The winner has had his well-documented problems but he was well-fancied ahead of this race and he travelled powerfully throughout. He did jump out to his right at a few of his fences, including the last, however once he had Great Endeavour in his sights at the third fence from home, he looked to have the race in his grasp. It wasn't as simple as that. Whilst the front-running Great Endeavour crumpled at the second last, and Bensalem jumped to the front, he was tracked through by Carole's Legacy. They locked horns after the last, but Bensalem just managed to poke his head out where it mattered. Barry Geraghty was riding his third second-placed horse of the day, but he gave his mount everything. Reve De Sivola was back in third, and he saw the new trip out really well. What scuppered his chance however was sloppy jumping throughout and it's a great credit to jockey Daryl Jacob that he kept the partnership intact. It's hard to be too dogmatic, but there's little doubt that Great Endeavour would have been placed at worst had he stood up two from home. He was joined, but hadn't been under pressure for too long and he has proven in the past that he has a heart as well as class. Thankfully both horse and jockey seemd to escape unscathed. Fourth home was Fair Along, who had to come from a long way back after a strange start. He was being led in on the inside but got chopped up and had to race a lot further back than we know his jockey would have liked. The race cut up quite badly from an early stage, with Chief Dan George and Sunnyhillboy departing fairly early. Rare Bob took them along for quite a way but he was pulled-up before the race for home had started to develop, whilst Razor Royale hugged the inside throughout but never looked like repeating his previous Cheltenham win. Adams Island departed quite early, hampering Reve De Sivola in the process, and in truth there were only half a dozen who had a realistic chance as early as going out on the second circuit. No Panic was one of them, having crept near the lead at that point, but he was well-held, as was Rainbow Hunter who raced more prominently than usual having been keen on his way down to the start. King Fontaine was fifth having not always jumped with alacrity, whilst Exmoor Ranger probably went close to a lifetime best with his sixth-placed finish.