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Cheltenham

  • 15:35 Unicoin Homes Relkeel Hurdle 2m 4f 110y

  • (Grade 2) £30,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 55.70s
  • Off time: 15:36:20

Full result

15:35 Cheltenham Result 10th December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Oscar Whisky (IRE) 11-6 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 4/9f
Tracked leading pair, challenged between rivals before 2 out, led approaching last, ridden and hard pressed flat, stayed on well final 100 yards opened 4/9 touched 1/2 £2000-£3500 £2500-£5000 £2000-£4000 £1500-£3000 £1000-£2000(x6) £500-£1000(x3) £300-£600 £400-£900
2nd Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 10-12 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 7 8/1
Held up in last pair in touch, went 3rd after 2 out, challenged last, ridden and every chance when hung left flat, kept on, no extra final 100 yards opened 8/1 touched 8/1
3rd 9 Cockney Trucker (IRE) 10-12 R Johnson P J Hobbs 9 33/1
Tracked leader, led 4th, headed approaching last, ridden and no impression with leading pair flat opened 25/1 touched 33/1
4th 6 Any Given Day (IRE) 11-2 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 6 15/2
Held up in last pair in touch, 4th and ridden before last, no impression with leaders opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th 15 The Knoxs (IRE) 10-12 R Walsh P F Nicholls 8 13/2
Led, mistake 3rd, headed next, tracked leader, lost place 2 out, weakened before last opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £5000-£650
NR The Jigsaw Man (IRE) 11-6 Aidan Coleman Miss R Curtis 7 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.40 Tote Place: £1.10,2.90
Straight Forecast: £4.51 Exacta: £4.20

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

A relatively straightforward success for OSCAR WHISKY which didn't really tell us anything new about Nicky Henderson's charge and the trainer admitted that he may still be in the dark ahead regarding his best trip ahead of March with the winner due to head to Ffos Las for the Welsh Champion Hurdle next. He had taken quite a heavy fall at Ascot on his reappearance when looking as though he would need the run but showed no ill effects from that fall and will have benefited from being made to work for his win by the runner-up who was in receipt of 8lbs. While Get Me Out Of Here has proved increasingly in and out since finishing second in the Supreme, he's still capable of very smart form on his day and this was a decent enough performance by the winner. He didn't, however, look as though he was crying out for a drop back to the minimum and is surely bound for the World Hurdle at the Festival unless connections opt to skip that and wait for the two and a half mile hurdle at Aintree although they could, of course, take in both. Where Get Me Out Of Here goes next is less straightforward as is whether he will run up to his best; he's had a few problems and was hanging left on the climb to the line, looking a difficult ride. However, he shouldn't go up for this and is only 3lbs higher than when beaten a nose in the County Hurdle and the yard have a very promising conditional in the stable who has already proved adept at riding quirky individuals. Cockney Trucker often runs his best race of the season in that Festival handicap and it would be no surprise to see him vying for more place money but he still has just the one win to his name over timber. Connections have the option of trying chasing again but he didn't look a natural when last tried at the game. Any Given Day is a pretty tough and consistent individual but was below par here; it would be no surprise to see him try and go one better back over course and distance on New Year's Day than he did 12 months ago when seven lengths behind Oscar Whisky. The Knoxs was down in trip and up in class on ground that was probably too fast and can be given another chance granted more suitable conditions.