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Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Byrne Group Plate 2m 5f

  • (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) £75,000 added 5yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 8.10s
  • Off time: 16:00:32

Full result

16:00 Cheltenham Result 17th March 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Holmwood Legend (ex5) 10-9 K Burke (3) P R Rodford 10 25/1
Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, led soon after, 3 lengths clear when mistake last, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 25/1 touched 25/1
2nd Aimigayle 10-6 C Bolger Miss S Smith 8 25/1
Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, stayed on under presure approaching last, always held flat opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd Beautiful Sound (IRE) 10-6 J M Maguire G Elliott 9 9/2f
Held up in rear, outpaced when hampered 4 out, ridden and headway after next, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd flat, never reached leading pair opened 11/2 touched 11/2
4th 5 Consigliere (FR) 11-10 T Scudamore D Pipe 8 20/1
Mid-division, headway and in touch 12th, effort 2 out, switched left to chase leading pair approaching last, soon ridden and one pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th 2 Call Me A Legend 11-0 R Thornton A King 7 20/1
Mid-division, driven and headway 3 out, ridden and effort on inside approaching next, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, never troubled leaders opened 18/1 touched 20/1
6th ½ Matuhi 11-0 C O'Farrell (5) D Pipe 8 16/1
Held up behind, headway into mid-division when hampered 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression opened 16/1 touched 16/1
7th 3 Quartz de Thaix (FR) (ex5) 11-2 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 7 7/1
In touch on outside, outpaced after 4 out soon ridden, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £3000-£400 £2800-£700
8th Bible Lord (IRE) 10-5 Nick Scholfield Andrew Turnell 10 20/1
Not fluent 1st, tracked leader, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on under pressure until weakened before 2 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
9th 5 Edgbriar (FR) 11-6 D Elsworth P R Webber 9 14/1
Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on under pressure until weakened before last opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £10000-£700
10th 5 Storymaker 10-5 P Aspell Miss S E Forster 10 100/1
Behind, mistake 9th (water), soon outpaced, stayed on from 3 out, never near leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
11th Tatenen (FR) 11-12 A Thornton R Rowe 7 33/1
Towards rear of mid-division, blundered 4th, struggling 11th, hampered 4 out, never near leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1
12th Gansey (IRE) 11-0 P Buchanan Mrs S J Smith 9 25/1
Tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed after next, soon ridden and lost place, weakened after 2 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £20000-£600 £19800-£600
13th 26 Aigle D'or 11-3 A P McCoy N J Henderson 8 11/2
Mid-division, outpaced when hampered 4 out, never near leaders opened 9/2 touched 11/2 £11000-£2000 £6750-£1500 £10000-£2000 £1500-£300
14th Hollo Ladies (IRE) 11-4 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 6 9/1
Behind, struggling 11th, never dangerous opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £10000-£1000 £8500-£1000
15th 5 I'm A Legend 10-4 M J Quinlan (7) N P Mulholland 9 20/1
Mid-division on inside, blundered 4th, in touch 6th, outpaced 9th, lost place when blundered 4 out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Piraya (FR) 11-3 J W Farrelly D Pipe 8 33/1
Behind, lost touch 5th, pulled up after 7th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Peplum (FR) 10-8 J E Moore G L Moore 8 18/1
Mid-division, pushed along from 7th, under presure when hampered 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Plein Pouvoir (FR) 10-6 R T Dunne (5) Miss V Williams 8 50/1
Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, mistake and lost place 12th, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up before next opened 40/1 touched 50/1
F You're The Top (FR) 11-2 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 16/1
In touch, tracked leaders in 6th when fell 4 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
F Just Smudge 10-7 S Thomas Miss V Williams 9 33/1
Mid-division, lost place 11th, under pressure when fell 4 out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
NR Crescent Island (IRE) 11-6 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £41.00 Tote Place: £8.40,6.20,1.40,6.70
Straight Forecast: £513.44 Exacta: £977.70 Trifecta: £8,967.40 Swingers: 1&2:143.50 2&3:35.40 1&3:26.30

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

Pat Rodford saddled Sparky May to be second in the David Nicholson Mares' race on Tuesday but he went one place better here with a ten-year-old handicapper who seems to have suddenly sprung to life. HOLMWOOD LEGEND was a comfortable winner at Sandown just five days previous, picking up a 5lb penalty which ensured a run in this contest. Never too far off a strong tempo set by Aimigayle, Bible Lord and Edgbriar, he jumped soundly for Keiran Burke (who will soon take over the training license from Rodford) and moved into the lead just after the third last whilst still travelling well. His rider sensibly kicked him on at this point, and although he was a bit untidy at the last, there was no danger of anything else flying home to pick him up. Aimigayle had been pulled-up on her previous start, but she ran a great race. Always up with the pace, she got a little shuffled back three from home but stayed on dourly after the last for second. She's been a good horse for the yard and will be a player when faced with her own sex again. The eye-catcher of the race was Beautiful Sound. Connections would have preferred to have run him over further, and after jumping poorly for the first circuit it was fairly clear that he was going to struggle. He really started to motor coming down the hill though and was making up ground hand over fist near the line. He's not the most experienced over fences, and probably found this coming too soon in his career, however he'd be a fascinating contender for something like the Kim Muir in 12 months time. Consigliere is fairly handicapped and he proved this point by staying on for a never truly threatening fourth, just ahead of the game mare Call Me A Legend who also came from off the pace. Matuhi was hampered by the fall of Just Smudge four fences from home but ran on well after, whilst Bible Lord paid the price for trying to match strides with the pace-setters early on; a late mistake didn't help either. Storymaker was an eye-catcher as he stayed on from another parish, whilst Gansey tried to match strides with the early leaders but got very tired after the turn for home. Hollo Ladies jumped poorly in the rear and disappointed as did the well-backed Aigle D'or who was kept to the inside throughout but several mistakes didn't aid his cause; a shorter trip also seems to suit better, as does bullying inferior rivals.