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Cheltenham

  • 12:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • £10,000 added 4yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner £6,256 2nd £1,848 3rd £924 4th £462
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 58.30s
  • Off time: 12:30:39

Full result

12:30 Cheltenham Result 1st January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Barbatos (FR) 11-8 P J Brennan Ian Williams 6 9/2
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, went 2nd before last, soon led, ridden clear flat, stayed on well, eased close home opened 9/2 touched 9/2
2nd 7 Batonnier (FR) 11-2 W Hutchinson A King 6 33/1
Held up in rear, headway from 2 out, closing when hit last, stayed on under pressure, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner opened 33/1 touched 33/1
3rd 2 Forgotten Gold (IRE) 11-12 Brendan Powell (7) T R George 6 20/1
Pressed leader, led approaching 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on same pace, lost 2nd final 100 yards opened 16/1 touched 20/1
4th Hard To Swallow (IRE) 11-2 A P Cawley M Keighley 6 8/1
Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5th, headway after 3 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th 6 Judge Davis 11-2 S Twiston-Davies Mrs Caroline Keevil 5 66/1
Held up in touch in mid-division, headway after 3 out, ridden next, no impression on leaders approaching last opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th nk Reggie Perrin 10-3 C Bolger P Phelan 4 50/1
Tracked leaders, lost place after 3rd, not fluent 5th, ridden next, not fluent 7th, mistake when behind 3 out, stayed on flat, no chance with leaders opened 40/1 touched 40/1
7th nse Dawn Commander (GER) 11-8 D F O'Regan C E Longsdon 5 20/1
Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, effort 6th, no impression when not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, no threat opened 18/1 touched 20/1
8th ¾ Allthekingshorses (IRE) 11-12 James Best (7) P J Hobbs 6 14/1
Prominent, hit 7th, soon ridden, lost place after 3 out, well held approaching last opened 16/1 touched 18/1
9th Jump City (FR) 11-12 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 7/1
Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, weakened approaching last opened 7/1 touched 7/1
10th 3 Jimbill (IRE) 11-8 Aidan Coleman Tim Vaughan 6 12/1
Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place when not fluent 2 out opened 11/1 touched 12/1
11th Master Of The Game (IRE) 11-2 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 11/4f
Mid-division when not fluent 1st, mistake 5th, headway on outside 7th, went 2nd after 2 out until approaching last, soon weakened opened 7/2 touched 7/2
12th ½ One Term (IRE) 11-2 J E Moore Miss R Curtis 5 17/2
Took keen hold, made most until ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened before next opened 8/1 touched 17/2
13th 61 Imperial Circus (IRE) 11-8 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 11/1
Mid-division, headway on inside approaching 5th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 10/1 touched 11/1
14th 9 Sohappyharry 11-8 Timmy Murphy Miss Jane Mathias 6 80/1
Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, lost touch from next, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 80/1
NR Casco Bay (IRE) 11-2 C Poste David Lewis 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.10 Tote Place: £1.60,12.60,4.80
Straight Forecast: £152.20 Exacta: £124.00 Swingers: 1&2:25.50 2&3:52.20 1&3:19.70

Jackpot: £24,106.92 carried forward to Southwell, 2nd Jan
Placepot: £1,125.10, Pool: £166821.8, 108.23 winning tickets
Quadpot: £94.40, Pool: £14709.13, 115.3 winning tickets

Verdict

There may have been no Fingal Bay in this race but his Festival claims were still enhanced, as BARBATOS, who had finished behind him on two occasions already this season, made mincemeat of a competitive-looking field. Ian Williams' charge looked happier here than in small field at Sandown last time, and he moved well under a confident ride from Paddy Brennan. Creeping closer during the last three quarters of a mile, he then made a move between runners before the home turn and from that point on could be called the winner. He moved through to challenge for the lead (on the bridle) at the last and only had to be shaken up before storming clear up the run-in. Connections probably won't be scared of re-opposing Philip Hobbs' star at the Festival, as whilst the winner looks sure to stay three miles, it seems a strongly-run 2m5f at the track is perfect; the prices for him look generous still and he's one to keep on the right side of. Runner-up Batonnier is consistent, but fans will want him to win sooner rather than later, having now finished placed on five of his last seven starts. He was getting weight from most of his rivals (including the winner) and only really got going late in the day. Whether this means he wants a stiffer test or not is not completely clear, as this race seemed to be run at a decent clip. Third home Forgotten Gold did best of those who raced up with the pace (four of first five home were held up), and his jockey deserves credit for trying to nick the race before the home turn. He got tired late on but is going the right way and it should be remembered he had 11st 12lb on his back. A chaser in the making, he looks a nice prospect. Hard To Swallow came next and ran a fine race, having raced quite wide for a fair way. There was a healthy gap back to Judge Davis and Reggie Perrin, two outsiders who were far from disgraced, whilst some of the more fancied runners disappointed. Hurdling debutant (and favourite) Master Of The Game moved nicely for a long way, made up his ground well from off the pace, and held every chance coming down the hill. However his response when let down was disappointing and he was well-held, albeit under a considerate ride in the closing stages. Jump City didn't take every hurdle with accuracy and was a tired horse late on, whilst One Term was too keen early doors to do himself and backers justice. Watch out for him in a smaller field at somewhere like Ffos Las.