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Cheltenham

  • 17:15 Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Listed) £50,000 added 5yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £28,505 2nd £10,695 3rd £5,355 4th £2,670
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 7.50s
  • Off time: 17:16:52

Full result

17:15 Cheltenham Result 15th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Divers (FR) 11-4 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 7 10/1
Raced keenly, held up behind, steady headway on inside 4 out, tracked leaders next, challenged last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £5000-£500
2nd Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 11-11 A P McCoy N J Henderson 6 7/1
In touch on outside, driven 3 out, ridden to chase leading pair approaching next, led narrowly between last 2, headed flat, kept on same pace opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £18000-£2000
3rd 2 Tullamore Dew (IRE) 11-11 L Treadwell N J Gifford 9 13/2
Always prominent, driven and effort approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure flat to go 3rd near finish opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £40000-£5000 £7000-£1000
4th Vino Griego (FR) 11-5 J E Moore G L Moore 6 20/1
Tracked leaders, led 10th, mistake and headed 12th, led again 3 out, headed narrowly between last 2, every chance last, no extra flat, lost 3rd near finish opened 20/1 touched 22/1 £5000-£200
5th Definity (IRE) 11-8 R Walsh P F Nicholls 8 3/1f
Mid-division, bumped 6th, headway 11th, outpaced 3 out, ridden to chase leaders next, kept on same pace, no impression opened 3/1 touched 7/2 £40000-£10000 £4000-£1000(x2) £7000-£2000(x6) £3500-£1000(x12) £2100-£600(x2) £1750-£500(x4) £10000-£3000(x2) £6667-£2000 £5000-£1500(x11) £9000-£3000
6th ¾ Tharawaat (IRE) 11-9 D N Russell G Elliott 6 14/1
In touch, mistake 2nd and 9th, headway 4 out, chased leader next until 2 out, ridden and weakened last opened 14/1 touched 14/1
7th Swing Bill (FR) 11-8 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 10 14/1
Tracked leaders, blundered 11th, lost place 4 out, soon beaten opened 14/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£600
8th hd On Borrowed Wings (IRE) 11-8 D A Jacob A Fleming 8 12/1
Behind, blundered 8th, ridden and kept on from 2 out, never near leaders opened 14/1 touched 14/1
9th Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 11-6 D Bass (3) N J Henderson 7 33/1
Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, outpaced next, weakened 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th Glenstal Abbey (IRE) 11-7 D J Casey C F Swan 7 40/1
Towards rear of mid-division, lost place 8th, never dangerous opened 33/1 touched 40/1 £10000-£250
11th 6 Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 20/1
Tracked leaders, led 5th to 10th, led again 12th, hit and headed 3 out, weakened from next opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£500
12th 2 Lastoftheleaders (IRE) 11-5 Andrew J McNamara A L T Moore 8 25/1
Towards rear, outpaced 4 out, never near leaders opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £12500-£500
13th 8 Sway (FR) 11-4 R P Mclernon (3) Jonjo O'Neill 5 50/1
Behind, headway into mid-division 12th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
PU Songe (FR) 11-12 T Siddall C E Longsdon 7 50/1
Mid-division, jumped right 6th, lost place when mistake 8th, behind when jumped right 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out opened 50/1 touched 50/1 £10000-£150
PU Premier Sagas (FR) 11-11 J M Maguire N G Richards 7 20/1
Mid-division, lost place 5th, behind when pulled up before 8th opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£500
PU Swincombe Rock 11-9 S Twiston-Davies (3) N A Twiston-Davies 6 33/1
Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch when reminders 8th, blundered next, lost place and behind 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £10000-£300
PU Quo Video (FR) 11-9 R J Killoran (3) Tim Vaughan 7 100/1
Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Rougham 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 5 20/1
Led to 5th, with leaders, lost place when mistake 9th, behind from 11th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£500
PU American Trilogy (IRE) 11-6 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 7 14/1
Chased leaders, reminder 10th, weakened before 2 out, behind when pulled up before next opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £64000-£4000 £10000-£600
PU Osric (IRE) 11-5 A Tinkler N J Henderson 8 20/1
Behind, headway into mid-division 10th, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £11.30 Tote Place: £2.60,1.90,1.90,5.50
Straight Forecast: £69.10 Exacta: £104.60 Trifecta: £290.50 Swingers: 1&2:12.50 2&3:6.50 1&3:13.40

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 hotly contested handicap, which was perhaps emphasised by the fact that it was delayed twice as about 15 horses tried to gain a front-rank position at the fall of the tapes. Ultimately it went the way of DIVERS who was held up last in the early stages. In a rough race, Graham Lee was brave enough to keep to the inside throughout, but the grey made up his ground in eye-catching fashion before the downhill run. As the race was whittled down to half a dozen prospective winners, he still had several lengths to find, but, after being clever at the second-last, he then put in a stunning leap at the last to draw alongside Vino Griego and Quantitativeeasing. He then proceeded to bound up the hill, and whilst Quantitativeeasing chased him hard, he never looked like surrendering his hard-fought lead. The runner-up ran a blinder, as he was never too far off the pace. Most of his jumps, the last especially, were exuberant, however he did make a bit of a mess of the fence after the water (which Swing Bill hit as well) which may have halted his momentum a fraction. Third home was Tullamore Dew. Having attracted plenty of support in the ring, he was never too far off the pace, however he was caught in a bit of a pocket coming down the hill and there's no doubt that he lost some ground as a result. He ran on really well after the last, but the race had gone beyond his grasp by then. Fourth home was Vino Griego, who is a smashing type of horse. A lovely looking beast, he was very keen in the early stages but then helped dispute a (strong) pace for a long way. He emptied when headed at the last, and probably paid the price for over-racing early on. Definity was a very short price for such a competitive handicap after the earlier wins of his jockey Ruby Walsh, and whilst he tried to creep into the race from a midfield position, fifth place really only ever looked the best he would get. He didn't seem to see out his race with much zest and one wonders whether he might have a small respiratory problem. Tharawaat followed him home having threatened to make more of a race of it; he jumped well and is perhaps just a little high in the weights, although perhaps more patient tactics might have aided his cause. Swing Bill could never lead which went against him, whilst Shakalakaboomboom stayed on down the hill to try and latch onto the leaders but his effort petered out. More interesting for the future might be On Borrowed Wings who made up a lot of ground late on from a long way off the pace; he perhaps isn't a total natural over fences at this stage of his career however. Nadiya De La Vega was well-held, but she went off too quick and should be of more interest when her sights are lowered over two miles.