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Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Pertemps Final 3m

  • (Listed Handicap Hurdle) £70,000 added 5yo+ 23 ran
  • Winner £39,907 2nd £14,973 3rd £7,497 4th £3,738
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 40.00s
  • Off time: 14:05:15

Full result

14:05 Cheltenham Result 17th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Buena Vista (IRE) 10-8 C O'Farrell (5) D Pipe 10 20/1
Led 1st, made rest, ridden clear and well in command after 2 out, stayed on strongly flat opened 18/1 touched 20/1
2nd 4 Son Amix (FR) 10-6 P Carberry T Cooper 5 16/1
Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, soon ridden, kept on under pressure, no impression with winner flat, just held on for 2nd opened 16/1 touched 16/1
3rd hd Sivota (IRE) 10-7 R Walsh W P Mullins 7 9/1
Held up behind, headway under pressure 2 out, ridden to chase leading pair approaching last, kept flat to press for 2nd towards finish, no impression with winner opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £9000-£1000
4th 10 Knockara Beau (IRE) 11-12 Jan Faltejsek G A Charlton 8 33/1
Led to 1st, tracked winner, lost place 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, 4th and well held when not fluent last opened 25/1 touched 33/1
5th nk Queiros Bleu (FR) 10-4 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 7 33/1
In rear, mistake 6th, headway after 3 out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders approaching last, no impression opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th Barwell Bridge 10-8 W Hutchinson W Greatrex 5 25/1
Behind, headway after 3 out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders approaching last, no impression opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £25000-£1000 £12500-£500
7th 1 Viking Blond (FR) 10-7 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 6 40/1
Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, never on terms opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th 3 Heavenly Blues (GER) 10-4 Ms K Walsh T M Walsh 9 40/1
Behind, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never reached leaders opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th Tarablaze 10-8 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 8 20/1
Tracked leaders, headway and effort to chase winner 2 out, soon ridden, lost place between last 2, weakened before last opened 20/1 touched 20/1
10th hd Don't Push It (IRE) 10-5 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 11 14/1
Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, never near leaders opened 14/1 touched 14/1
11th s.h Rivage D'Or (FR) 10-7 B J Cooper (5) D T Hughes 6 10/1
Mid-division, effort to chase leaders approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened before last opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£800
12th nk Micheal Flips (IRE) 11-2 Nick Scholfield Andrew Turnell 7 20/1
Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside after 3 out, effort next, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened before last opened 22/1 touched 22/1 £12500-£500
13th Chartreux (FR) 10-3 T Scudamore D Pipe 6 6/1f
Chased leaders, driven and outpaced when hit 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £12000-£2000
14th 7 Kayf Aramis 10-12 S Twiston-Davies (3) N A Twiston-Davies 9 20/1
In touch on outside, driven and outpaced 9th, lost place approaching 3 out, soon weakened opened 20/1 touched 20/1
15th Gwanako (FR) 10-10 Ryan Mahon (5) P F Nicholls 8 25/1
Chased leaders on outside, lost place 3 out, soon behind opened 22/1 touched 25/1
16th 9 Barafundle (IRE) 10-10 A O'keeffe Jennie Candlish 7 8/1
Chased leaders, driven 8th, switched outside and outpaced approaching 2 out, soon ridden and weakened opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £10000-£1000 £10000-£1100
17th 14 Mobaasher (USA) 11-4 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 8 33/1
Mid-division, driven and lost place after 6th, soon struggling, behind from 3 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £20000-£600
18th 9 Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 11-4 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 25/1
Mid-division on inside, lost place 3 out, weakened before next opened 25/1 touched 28/1 £10000-£800
19th 6 Alfie Spinner (IRE) 10-8 D A Jacob Nick Williams 6 12/1
Chased leaders on inside, outpaced when rider lost iron 9th, soon lost place, weakened before 2 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £14000-£1000 £12000-£1000
20th 7 Essex (IRE) 10-9 P Townend D Cullen 11 100/1
Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, soon behind opened 100/1 touched 100/1
21st hd Pause And Clause (IRE) 10-12 Jack Doyle Miss E C Lavelle 7 33/1
Mid-division on outside, reminders after 6th, lost place and behind from 8th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
22nd nse Mr Moonshine (IRE) 10-9 H Oliver Mrs S J Smith 7 40/1
Mid-division, outpaced when hampered and lost place after 4 out, behind from next opened 40/1 touched 40/1
PU Lush Life (IRE) 10-12 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 10/1
Chased leaders, driven and lost place after 6th, lost action and pulled up quickly before next opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £12000-£1000 £5500-£500 £2000-£250
NR Working Title (IRE) 11-5 Jeremiah McGrath (7) N J Henderson 9

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £23.50 Tote Place: £4.30,4.40,2.60,8.90
Straight Forecast: £252.70 Exacta: £533.90 Trifecta: £6,096.80 Swingers: 1&2:175.50 2&3:34.70 1&3:152.20

Jackpot: £157,074.84 carried forward to Cheltenham, 18th Mar
Placepot: £219.20, Pool: £902226.06, 3003.34 winning tickets
Quadpot: £25.60, Pool: £38127.21, 1101.17 winning tickets

Verdict

A heart-warming performance from BUENA VISTA, as he made all the running for the second year running. His jockey Conor O'Farrell was having his first Festival ride, and he judged the pace to perfection. Sent through to lead after the first flight, he put in foot-perfect leaps at every obstacle last, and having got a breather into him before the top of the hill, the pair soon kicked on again. Everything behind him, bar runner-up Son Amix (under Paul Carberry), was off the bridle, and turning in it was pretty evident that as long as he jumped the last two flights of hurdles well he would not be for catching. Son Amix was well-clear from the rest and ran a career-best as, having travelled well in midfield, he moved through the pack menacingly. Unfortunately the leader (and eventual winner) had been given slightly too much rope by the field and he was never going to be able to bridge the gap. Sivota was another who came from off the pace, and he was staying on very strongly at the line. However he only really seemed to find his stride turning in and was probably slightly flattered by the race as a result. Arguably the second best performance in the race was from the fourth home Knockara Beau. The top-weight was giving the first three home between 18 and 20lbs and he managed to cling on for fourth from Queiros Bleu despite a stuttery jump at the last. Never far off the speed, he tried to lay down a challenge to the winner from around half-way but this fine horse was unable to sustain a realistic challenge after the second last. Henry de Bromhead has had a great week and he saddled Queiros Bleu who was held up last for a long way and did remarkably well to finish where he did, whilst Barwell Bridge was another held up. He crept closer coming down the hill but was another to pay for the way the race panned out. Viking Blond likes to lead but, having been pushed into the lead at the fall of the flags, he whacked an early flight and had to settle for more of a midfield berth than his jockey would probably have liked. To the horse's credit he ran on for pressure and was far from disgraced in seventh. Tarablaze travelled well for a long way but didn't pick up when asked, whilst Don't Push It was gambled on but never threatened. Rivage D'Or travelled well for a long way but was made to look a bit one-paced when he came off the bridle coming down the hill, whilst Chartreux got a perfect tow through but was well-held when hitting two from home.