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Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase 4m

  • (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) £75,000 added 5yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £44,970 2nd £14,048 3rd £7,020 4th £3,510
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 8m 13.80s
  • Off time: 13:30:33

Full result

13:30 Cheltenham Result 14th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Teaforthree (IRE) 11-6 Mr J T McNamara Miss R Curtis 8 5/1f
With leader, led narrowly 5th, headed narrowly 2 out, ridden and stayed on to regain lead flat, all out opened 5/1 touched 11/2 £6500-£1000 £10000-£1600 £11000-£2000
2nd 2 Harry The Viking 11-6 Mr W Biddick P F Nicholls 7 7/1
Tracked leaders, driven to chase leading pair 2 out, ridden and effort between last 2, edged right and left after last, stayed on under pressure flat, went 2nd near finish opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £5000-£700(x2)
3rd nk Four Commanders (IRE) 11-6 Miss N Carberry M F Morris 6 10/1
Led to 5th, with winner, led again narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed flat, kept on same pace, no extra and lost 2nd near finish opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £10000-£900 £20000-£2000
4th ½ Our Victoria (IRE) 10-13 Mr B O'Neill C Bowe 7 40/1
With leaders, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure flat opened 50/1 touched 50/1
5th 8 Alfie Spinner (IRE) 11-6 Mr S Waley-Cohen Nick Williams 7 8/1
Tracked leaders, 5th and outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders from next opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £10000-£1100
6th ¾ Daffern Seal (IRE) 11-6 Mr R P McNamara D K Weld 8 20/1
Held up mid-division on inside, 8th and under pressure when mistake 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £9000-£300 £25000-£1000
7th Universal Soldier (IRE) 11-6 Mr R P Quinlan C E Longsdon 7 9/1
Behind, mistake 15th, headway 4 out, chased leaders under pressure next, kept on same pace from 2 out, no impression opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £12000-£1000
8th 12 Our Island (IRE) 11-6 Mr B Gibbs Tim Vaughan 7 25/1
Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders before 3 out, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 25/1
9th Lively Baron (IRE) 11-6 Mr R O Harding D McCain Jnr 7 16/1
With leaders on outside, lost place approaching 3 out, soon beaten opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£500
10th 19 Blenheim Brook (IRE) 11-6 Mr J T Carroll Miss Lucinda V Russell 7 16/1
Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon behind opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Bob 'n' You (IRE) 11-6 Mr S Drinkwater Ian Williams 9 66/1
Held up behind on outside, headway and in touch 17th, mistake 20th, soon lost place, behind when ridden before 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 50/1 touched 66/1
PU Cottage Oak (IRE) 11-6 Mr K E Power G Elliott 9 66/1
Mid-division, dropped towards rear 16th, no danger after, tailed off when pulled up before last opened 66/1 touched 66/1
PU Leggy Lad (IRE) 11-6 Mr M McConville S McConville 9 100/1
Towards rear on outside, hit 17th, outpaced 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1 £50000-£500
PU Strongbows Legend 11-6 Mr M Wall C E Longsdon 7 28/1
Held up in touch, mistake 19th, blundered and lost place next, behind when pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1 touched 28/1
F Allee Garde (FR) 11-6 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 7 6/1
Mid-division, fell 12th opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £14000-£2000 £13000-£2000
F Court Red Handed (IRE) 11-6 Mr M Ennis Mrs S J Humphrey 7 40/1
Tracked leaders, blundered 9th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, beaten when fell last opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £10000-£200
UR Iron Chancellor (IRE) 11-6 Mr R G Henderson A King 7 33/1
Chased leaders on inside, mistake and pecked when hampered 18th, mid-division when mistake and unseated rider 21st opened 33/1 touched 33/1
UR State Benefit (IRE) 11-6 Mr N De Boinville N J Henderson 7 40/1
Tracked leaders, still in touch when blundered and unseated rider 18th opened 40/1 touched 40/1
BD Soll 11-6 Ms K Walsh W P Mullins 7 8/1
Held up behind on inside when brought down 12th opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000
NR Ben's Folly (IRE) 11-6 Mr Matthew Barber Tim Vaughan 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.00 Tote Place: £2.50,2.50,3.00
Straight Forecast: £35.54 Exacta: £30.10 Trifecta: £504.40 Swingers: 1&2:3.80 2&3:20.80 1&3:16.80

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

Rebecca Curtis has been an up-and-coming trainer on the radar for a while but this first Cheltenham winner with TEAFORTHREE will bring her operation to the fore even more. The winner was given a fine ride by one of the most experienced amateurs around, JT McNamara, and jumped impeccably throughout. He didn't really settle early on so was in the front-rank as a result and was part of a group of five or so who had moved on from the pack before three out. Battling for all his worth turning for home, he was actually a half-length down at the last to the equally brave Four Commanders, but put in a super leap and landed running. He didn't have an awful lot left at the line, but after four miles of an end-to-end gallop, that's hardly surprising. He looks the ideal type for something like the Welsh National next season. Eventually Harry The Viking finished second, having looked set for third or even fourth after the last. He had travelled (and jumped) well behind the leaders for most of the contest, and tried his hardest to keep tabs on them turning in. Unfortunately he started to hang before the last fence but found more for pressure late on and was gaining on the leader at the line. One gets the impression that he is a bit of a thinker, so it might not be wise to assume he would have gone past. Four Commanders seemed to take very well to the challenge, racing up with the pace throughout, and it was only after the last, where he landed a bit steeply, that his challenge faltered. He's tried headgear in the past, but seemed genuine enough here. Fourth was Our Victoria who looked to be going best of all coming down the hill. Considering his odds he ran a blinder, and deserved to be placed really; like the first three home he jumped well throughout. Alfie Spinner had a good position for a lot of the race but just lacked the stamina to go with them from three out, whilst Daffern Seal was staying on well down the hill but just couldn't get near them going back up it. Allee Garde and the giant Soll both hit the deck around 14 fences from home, whilst State Benefit was still in there with a chance when falling eight out.