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Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase 3m 7f

  • (Cross Country Chase) £40,000 added 5yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £25,048 2nd £7,400 3rd £3,700 4th £1,852
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 8m 6.30s
  • Off time: 16:00:13

Full result

16:00 Cheltenham Result 15th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Sizing Australia (IRE) 10-9 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 9 13/2
Always prominent, led 23rd to 26th, led again 6 out, headed 3 out, ridden to regain lead last, edged right under pressure flat, stayed on towards finish opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £5000-£600 £5600-£800
2nd Garde Champetre (FR) 11-12 Miss N Carberry E Bolger 12 5/1
Held up towards rear, hampered 5th, headway 3 out, ridden after next, effort and every chance last, stayed on under pressure to chase winner towards finish opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £11000-£2000 £5000-£900 £5000-£1000
3rd 1 A New Story (IRE) 10-10 A P Heskin (5) M Hourigan 13 12/1
Tracked leaders, headway 3 out, effort and every chance approaching last, soon ridden, one pace when switched left and rider dropped whip flat, kept on towards finish opened 10/1 touched 12/1 £5000-£400
4th s.h Maljimar (IRE) 10-3 D A Jacob Nick Williams 11 9/2f
Held up behind, headway and in touch 24th, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace under pressure flat opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £20000-£4000 £10000-£2000 £2500-£500(x2)
5th Quezac De La Roque (FR) 10-6 D Cottin F Cottin 7 20/1
In touch, effort 2 out, soon ridden, one pace when switched left approaching last, no extra flat opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £8800-£400
6th 11 Poker De Sivola (FR) 10-7 Ms K Walsh Ferdy Murphy 8 8/1
Held up in rear, blundered 16th, short lived effort 6 out, never near leaders opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000
7th Another Jewel (IRE) 10-4 J L Cullen D P Murphy 9 12/1
Towards rear of mid-division, hampered 5th, ridden 5 out, never on terms opened 12/1 touched 14/1
8th Dream Alliance 10-10 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 10 40/1
In touch, dropped towards rear 9th, no danger after opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th 7 Gullible Gordon (IRE) 10-11 Harry Skelton P F Nicholls 8 12/1
Mid-division, chased leaders 26th, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened opened 14/1 touched 14/1
10th 15 Lord Nellerie (FR) 10-4 Miss E McCutcheon (7) D P Nagle 12 25/1
Led to 23rd, with winner, led again 26th, headed 6 out, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 25/1
11th 6 Freneys Well 10-9 P Carberry E Bolger 11 16/1
Prominent, hit 21st, lost place 5 out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 20/1
PU L'ami (FR) 11-11 Mr J T McNamara E Bolger 12 9/1
Mid-division when pulled up quickly before 22nd opened 9/1 touched 10/1 £5000-£500 £4500-£500
PU Quolibet (FR) 10-13 Mr Alan Berry (3) Jonjo O'Neill 7 50/1
Mid-division, jumped left 5th and next when rider lost iron briefly, continued to jump left, lost place 20th, pulled up before next opened 50/1 touched 50/1
PU Oscar Bay (IRE) 10-5 Hadden Frost J D Frost 9 28/1
Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out opened 25/1 touched 28/1
RO One Cool Cookie (IRE) 10-8 D N Russell C F Swan 10 16/1
Mid-division when ran out 16th opened 14/1 touched 16/1
NR King Johns Castle (IRE) 10-12 R P Mclernon (3) E Bolger 12

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £7.70 Tote Place: £2.60,2.50,3.70
Straight Forecast: £37.47 Exacta: £41.70 Trifecta: £234.80 Swingers: 1&2:6.70 2&3:13.80 1&3:17.90

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 really battling performance from SIZING AUSTRALIA, who had been hampered in the previous year's renewal before finishing 11th. Here he was always close to the pace set by Lord Nellerie, and he jumped to the front at the water. Whilst the field closed up in behind, Andrew Lynch tried to kick him away but to be truthful, the writing looked on the wall before the (eventual) turn for home. Maljimar had quietly worked his way into the race, and under Daryl Jacob he cruised through to dispute the lead. Both horses jumped the final obstacle well, but Sizing Australia found more for pressure after the last and always looked to be holding Maljimar. Mind you, he had other rivals to contend with up the hill, including old-timer Garde Champetre. Despite a bad mistake early on, he worked his way into it and was staying on all the way to the line. The years may be catching up with him a tad, but he's as brave as a lion and Nina Carberry got another fine tune out of him late in the day. Maljimar's finishing effort was not as strong, with the Cheltenham hill finding him out, and not for the first time in his career. The ground was on his side, but several mistakes probably took some of the wind out of his sails early on, and despite cantering all over the winner turning in there was always a suspicion that his finishing effort might be all bark and no bite. Fourth home was last-year's winner A New Story, who ambled along nicely just behind the leaders for a long way but he was just found out for a turn of foot late on, with the ground probably quicker than he'd have liked. Fifth home, and not exactly beaten about, was the French raider Quezac De La Roque. David Cottin steered him round the track well but his finishing effort perhaps wasn't the strongest; the pairing were only beaten by around three lengths at the line. Poker De Sivola, a winner at last-year's Festival, didn't seem to enjoy this quirky assignment. He was held up in the early stages (right next to Maljimar) as he appeared to race mulishly, and he never seemed to get to grips with the different types of obstacles. To his credit he showed his class by running on well to the line for a never nearer sixth, but it was certainly an un-threatening one. Freneys Well was prominent for a fair way but he didn't meet every obstacle on a good stride and drifted back through the pack before the race started to hot up. This wasn't a good race for owner JP McManus, with L'Ami pulled-up before the water and Quolibet following suit soon after. Another Jewell ran alright in seventh after getting hampered at the fifth obstacle, whilst Dream Alliance and Gullible Gordon never got competitive. A more conventional test for the latter may be the order of the day next time.