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  • 15:20 sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) £320,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £182,240 2nd £68,384 3rd £34,240 4th £17,056
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 52.10s
  • Off time: 15:20:26

Full result

15:20 Cheltenham Result 14th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 9 4/1
Tracked leading pair, left 2nd at 4th, closed on leader 2 out (usual 3 out), every chance when slightly bumped bypassing omitted last, soon ridden, stayed on to lead final 50 yards opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £90000-£20000 £18000-£4000 £11250-£2500 £4500-£1000 £20000-£5000
2nd Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-10 A E Lynch H de Bromhead 10 4/5f
Tracked leader, left in lead at 4th, 2 lengths clear when not fluent and reduced advantage 2 out (usual 3 out), hard pressed when not much room bypassing omitted last, soon ridden, headed final 50 yards, no extra opened 5/6 touched 5/6 £10000-£11000(x5) £5000-£5500(x2) £909-£1000 £5000-£6000(x6) £4166-£5000 £1500-£1800 £833-£1000(x3) £20000-£25000 £8000-£10000 £4000-£5000 £800-£1000
3rd 15 Big Zeb (IRE) 11-10 R M Power C A Murphy 11 13/2
Held up in 4th, left 3rd at 4th, outpaced by leading pair before 2 out (usual 3 out), pugged on same pace, never on terms opened 6/1 touched 7/1 £50000-£8000 £20000-£3200 £12000-£2000
4th 11 Gauvain (GER) 11-10 N D Fehily Nick Williams 10 20/1
Held up in touch on outside, went 4th at 5th, struggling 3 out (usual 4 out), no chance with leaders opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £10000-£400
5th Realt Dubh (IRE) 11-10 P Carberry N Meade 8 14/1
Blundered 1st, held up in touch on inside, struggling 9th, no chance with leaders opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £32000-£2000
6th 10 I'm So Lucky 11-10 T Scudamore D Pipe 10 66/1
Held up in rear, struggling 8th, never dangerous opened 66/1 touched 66/1
F Kauto Stone (FR) 11-10 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 14/1
Held up, fell 1st opened 14/1 touched 14/1
F Wishfull Thinking 11-10 R Johnson P J Hobbs 9 16/1
Led until fell heavily 4th opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.70,£1.10,£1.60
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.40 2&3:£2.30 1&3:£2.40

Jackpot: £86,890.81 carried forward to Cheltenham, 15th Mar
Placepot: £73.40, Pool: £937315.56, 9316.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £32395.49, 1281.41 winning tickets

Verdict

High drama for the two-mile championship. Kauto Stone got no further than the first, where he buried Ruby Walsh, but worse was to follow at the fourth as Wishfull Thinking departed in spectacular fashion. He completely misjudged the fence under Richard Johnson and cartwheeled into the throng of spectators stationed around the obstacle. That left Sizing Europe in front with a circuit to run, FINIAN'S RAINBOW as his closest pursuer and Big Zeb back in third. Those positions did not change as the trio raced in single file until the second last, where the eventual winner moved up to shadow Sizing Europe more closely after the latter put in a slowish leap. Henry De Bromhead's inmate still led by a length as they faced up for home and what turned out to be the final fence - the drama then unfolded further as the pair came very close together as they tried to negotiate the final obstacle which had now been omitted following the earlier Wishfull Thinking incident. Sizing Europe initially looked to get the worst of the shenanigans but then had a better position on the track as the duo threaded their way between the hurdle and chase courses. However, Finian's Rainbow dug deep in the final 200 yards and gradually pulled clear close home. Both horses deserve tremendous credit in an awkward situation but will ominously have new kid on the block Sprinter Sacre to cope with in this next season. They were 15 lengths clear of Big Zeb - the latter could not lay up with the front two at any stage and his advancing years are just starting to catch up with this gutsy warrior. The remainder were further adrift - Gauvain was struggling from the top of the hill while both Realt Dubh and I'm So Lucky looked on from afar and never got out of rear division.