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Cheltenham

  • 13:30 William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross Country Good to Firm.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 56.60s
  • Off time: 13:30:53

Full result

13:30 Cheltenham Result 13th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cinders And Ashes 11-7 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 5 10/1
In touch on inside, hit 4th, effort 2 out, led narrowly when hit last, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 11/1 touched 11/1
2nd Darlan 11-7 A P McCoy N J Henderson 5 7/1
Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders approaching last, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd near finish, not reached winner opened 6/1 touched 7/1 £7500-£1000 £4500-£600 £7000-£1000 £120000-£20000 £24000-£4000 £18000-£3000(x2) £12000-£2000 £6000-£1000(x2) £5000-£800
3rd nk Trifolium (FR) 11-7 D N Russell C Byrnes 5 15/2
Tracked leaders, headway on outside 3 out, effort and every chance approaching last, soon ridden, chased winner flat, held when lost 2nd near finish opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £110000-£10000
4th hd Montbazon (FR) 11-7 R Thornton A King 5 15/2
Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, headed narrowly when not fluent last, soon ridden, kept on flat opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th ½ Prospect Wells (FR) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 7 14/1
Mid-division, headway 2 out, chased leaders in 5th before last, kept on under pressure flat opened 16/1 touched 16/1
6th 8 Allure Of Illusion (IRE) 11-7 D J Condon W P Mullins 6 40/1
Towards rear, outpaced 3 out, headway under pressure after next, chased leaders before last, kept on same pace, no impression opened 40/1 touched 40/1
7th s.h Galileo's Choice (IRE) 11-7 Mr R P McNamara D K Weld 6 6/1f
Towards rear, headway 3 out, kept on same pace approaching last, never troubled leaders opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £15000-£2000 £35000-£5000 £4800-£800
8th Distant Memories (IRE) 11-7 A E Lynch T J Taaffe 6 33/1
Held up in rear, headway 2 out, ridden and kept on from last, never reached leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th s.h Tetlami (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 12/1
Mid-division on inside, chased leaders 3 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, no impression opened 11/1 touched 12/1
10th Vulcanite (IRE) 11-7 P J Brennan C E Longsdon 5 22/1
In touch, headway 2 out, led briefly soon after, no extra approaching last opened 18/1 touched 22/1
11th ½ Jimbill (IRE) 11-7 Aidan Coleman Tim Vaughan 6 100/1
Tracked leader to 4 out, lost place 2 out, soon ridden and weakened opened 100/1 touched 100/1
12th Agent Archie (USA) 11-7 Henry Brooke D McCain Jnr 5 50/1
Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, weakened last opened 40/1 touched 50/1
13th hd Colour Squadron (IRE) 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 14/1
Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, chased leaders under pressure on inside before last, weakened flat opened 14/1 touched 16/1
14th 5 Steps To Freedom (IRE) 11-7 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 6 13/2
Towards rear, headway into mid-division 3 out, weakened before last opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £3750-£500 £7000-£1000 £3500-£500 £6500-£1000
15th s.h Midnight Game 11-7 P Townend W P Mullins 5 18/1
In touch, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next opened 18/1 touched 18/1
16th 1 Dylan Ross (IRE) 11-7 P Carberry N Meade 6 20/1
Towards rear, not much room on inside after 5th, soon outpaced, never dangerous opened 25/1 touched 25/1
17th 5 Hazy Tom (IRE) 11-7 N Fehily C E Longsdon 6 33/1
Mid-division on outside, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 3 out, weakened next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
18th 4 Catch Tammy (IRE) 11-7 T Scudamore D Pipe 6 200/1
With leaders on outside, lost place when hit 3 out, soon weakened, behind from next opened 200/1 touched 200/1
19th 1 Simenon (IRE) 11-7 D J Casey W P Mullins 5 50/1
Mid-division on inside, lost place approaching 2 out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £11.00 Tote Place: £3.30,2.90,3.80
Straight Forecast: £71.68 Exacta: £72.60 Trifecta: £1,860.50 Swingers: 1&2:8.30 2&3:12.30 1&3:15.80

Jackpot: £58,798.80, Pool: £372668.75, 4.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £76.20, Pool: £895990.3, 8579.31 winning tickets
Quadpot: £14.30, Pool: £32465.85, 1673.78 winning tickets

Verdict

Donald McCain has always thought the world of CINDERS AND ASHES and his confidence proved well placed. He has been quietly campaigned in the north by his trainer this winter but it was always felt he would improve once encountering better ground. He settled just off the pace on the inside under Jason Maguire and although he was always travelling within himself, he did not help his cause with a couple of jumping errors. One came at the last hurdle as he was delivered to win the race but it did not halt his momentum too much and he was always holding the pursuing pack. He is around 20-1 for the Champion Hurdle next season but will need to be much slicker at his obstacles - that should come with match practice. Runner-up Darlan is hard as nails and produced a performance deserving plenty of credit. He took a horrible fall two out when leading the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury but had clearly bounced back from that and was unfortunate not to have finished a little bit closer at the line. He was untidy at the final hurdle then almost ran into the backside of Montbazon immediately after the flight. AP Mcoy got him organised and he was closing all the way up the hill - he won't be long before getting back to winning ways. Prospect Wells was another to stick on really well in the closing stages having been hard driven off the home turn and looks worth a try over further while the strong-travelling Trifolium also really stuck his head out when push came to shove close home. Montbazon has bloomed this season and ran a screamer in his toughest test to date. He was awkward at the last hurdle and was perhaps the one from the front quintet who was just coming to the end of his tether. That said, it is impossible to be too critical and he looks a smashing chasing prospect for next season. Allure Of Illusion was next home but never had the pace to get near the front rank while the well-fancied Galileo's Choice got on to the heels of the leaders on the run to two out but that effort was fairly short-lived. A similar statement can be applied to Tetlami while Vulcanite ran a better race than his finishing position having still been in front at the second last before fading out of contention. He can win more races once learning to settle a bit better in the early stages. Distant Memories caught the eye having raced in rear before making quiet progress moving down the hill. He was picking off rivals in the home straight and can also win more races on decent spring ground where speed is the key. Colour Squadron had form with Montbazon to put him right in there at the finish but that was on soft ground and things looked to be happening too quickly for him on ths occasion. He is not one to give up on though and is another potentially smart novice chaser next season. Steps To Freedom had been long-time ante-post favourite for this race after winning at the track back in November. He had not been seen in public since and whether it was ring rustiness or another issue, a lot better was expected.