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Cheltenham

  • 12:10 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial 2m 1f

  • (Juvenile Hurdle) £16,000 added 3yo 7 ran
  • Winner £10,010 2nd £2,957 3rd £1,478 4th £739
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.10s
  • Off time: 12:10:58

Full result

12:10 Cheltenham Result 10th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Baby Mix (FR) 11-0 P J Brennan T R George 3 14/1
Disputed 2nd, led going well before last, driven readily clear flat, comfortably opened 14/1 touched 14/1
2nd 7 Hinterland (FR) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 3 2/7f
Led, not fluent 4th, headed before last, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression with winner flat opened 3/10 touched 1/3 £800-£2200 £200-£550(x2) £2000-£6000 £1000-£3000 £500-£1500 £400-£1200 £300-£900 £300-£1000
3rd 8 Jackies Solitaire 10-10 Rachael Green A J Honeyball 3 22/1
Held up in 5th, effort between last 2, stayed on to go 3rd last, no impression with leading pair opened 20/1 touched 22/1
4th Highly Efficient 11-0 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 3 13/2
Raced keenly, disputed 2nd, driven and outpaced between last 2, 3 lengths down in 3rd when pecked and lost place last, no impression flat opened 13/2 touched 13/2
5th 4 Scoglio 11-0 Lee Edwards Dave Roberts 3 150/1
Held up in 4th, mistake 4th, outpaced between last 2, no impression approaching last opened 100/1 touched 150/1 £15000-£60
6th Canna (IRE) 11-0 J M Maguire G Elliott 3 14/1
Held up behind, outpaced after 2 out, weakened before last opened 16/1 touched 16/1
7th 11 Hope Point 10-10 D Crosse M D I Usher 3 80/1
Held up in rear, mistake 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, never able to challenge, weakened before last opened 66/1 touched 80/1
NR Tango De Juilley (FR) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 3 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £12.80 Tote Place: £2.80,1.10
Straight Forecast: £18.52 Exacta: £22.70 Trifecta: £817.80 Swingers: 1&2:2.40 2&3:2.50 1&3:7.50

Jackpot: £25,379.68 carried forward to Hereford, 11th Dec
Placepot: £13.80, Pool: £180835.64, 9557.89 winning tickets
Quadpot: £7.50, Pool: £12173.18, 1193.84 winning tickets

Verdict

Katchit was the last winner of this race to go on to win the main event in March and the view after Hinterland's British debut win was that the long odds-on favourite was an embryonic chaser rather than a typical Triumph Hurdle type. There are no such concerns with BABY MIX who shot to the head of the market for the juvenile contest having brushed aside Paul Nicholls' charge with the minimum of fuss and there was no semblance of a fluke about this result. A Flat winner in France who showed ability on his hurdling bow at Auteuil, he has been described as the 'apple of my eye' by bloodstock agent/broadcaster Claude Charlet who has acted as an advisor to Tom George. He travelled easily behind the slow pace and his jumping was electric and athletic; Paddy Brennan actually took a pull after the second last before going on approaching the final flight and quickening clear up the hill. Although recent Triumph winners haven't been sighted until Kempton at February, he appeals as the right type for the race and rates a very exciting prospect. Hinterland was too keen on debut and Ruby Walsh allowed him to go on with, once again, an absensce of early pace in the contest. His jumping was pretty good in the main and a stronger pace and a lead could well help to show him in a better light. He was readily put in his place, however, and - as his trainer had intimated after his British debut win - he's very much more of a long-term prospect than the winner. Jackies Solitaire was beaten over 11 lengths by Hinterland last month but got a little closer this time around; she helps to provide a guide to the form and suggests the second didn't run up to the level of his course win. Highly Efficient, a decent sort on the level, made an encouraging enough debut over hurdles having pulled far too hard for his head. He jumped well enough and, if learning to settle, has the ability to win races in this sphere. His best form on the level was on softer ground so a little more cut may suit and there should be more to come. He did have a mid-summer break but has essentially been on the go for a while so could possibly need a break at some point. Scoglio was not disgraced on this hurdling bow but was, in all likelihood, flattered while Canna - a maiden on the level - didn't really build on the promise of his first two starts over obstacles but it would be no surprise to see his handler get the best out of him in time and he could come into his own when handicapping.