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Cheltenham

  • 13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f

  • (Grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo 20 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 58.80s
  • Off time: 13:32:06

Full result

13:30 Cheltenham Result 16th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Countrywide Flame 11-0 D C Costello J J Quinn 4 33/1
In touch, outpaced in 10th 2 out, driven when not much room between last 2, soon chased leaders on inside, challenged when hit last, soon led, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
2nd 3 Hisaabaat (IRE) 11-0 A E Lynch D K Weld 4 20/1
Mid-division on inside, chased leaders 2 out, 4th last, ridden and stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, never reached winner opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £12500-£500
3rd ¾ Grumeti 11-0 R Thornton A King 4 5/1f
Mid-division, hit 5th, headway 3 out, chased leaders under pressure next, stayed on to lead before when hit last, soon ridden and headed, kept on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £7000-£1000(x2) £13000-£2000 £10000-£1600(x3) £6500-£1000(x2)
4th hd Dodging Bullets 11-0 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 4 20/1
Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, challenged and every chance approaching last, kept on flat, no extra towards finish opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th Wingtips (FR) 11-0 B J Cooper A J Martin 4 100/1
Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division before 2 out, ridden and kept on from last, no impression with leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
6th ¾ Sadler's Risk (IRE) 11-0 R Johnson P J Hobbs 4 13/2
Led, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression last opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £35000-£5000 £14000-£2000
7th ¾ Hollow Tree 11-0 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 4 20/1
Tracked leaders on inside, headway 2 out, ridden to lead between last 2, headed and ridden when switched left approaching last, no extra flat opened 16/1 touched 20/1
8th nk His Excellency (IRE) 11-0 D N Russell G Elliott 4 100/1
Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never reached leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
9th 1 Baby Mix (FR) 11-0 P J Brennan T R George 4 6/1
Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, ridden and every chance approaching last, weakened soon after opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £6500-£1000 £18000-£3000 £6000-£1000(x2)
10th Asaid 11-0 B J Geraghty J P Ferguson 4 25/1
In touch, ridden to chase leaders after 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, weakened flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th 13 Urbain De Sivola (FR) 11-0 N Fehily Nick Williams 4 14/1
Mid-divison in touch on outside, effort when blundered 2 out, soon ridden, weakened last opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £10000-£600 £7000-£500
12th Shadow Catcher 11-0 P Carberry G Elliott 4 10/1
Raced keenly, towards rear, mistake 4th, headway on inside 2 out, outpaced when not much room between last 2, weakened last opened 10/1 touched 11/1 £10000-£1000 £5000-£500(x2)
13th ½ Darroun (IRE) 11-0 D J Casey W P Mullins 4 14/1
Tracked leader, lost place 2 out, soon weakened opened 14/1 touched 14/1
14th s.h Arctic Reach 11-0 Aidan Coleman B G Powell 4 200/1
In touch, lost place 3 out, soon ridden, weakened next opened 150/1 touched 200/1
15th Dysios (IRE) 11-0 T Doyle D Cullen 4 100/1
Raced keenly, behind, mistake 3rd, outpaced 3 out,no impression when not much room before last opened 100/1 touched 100/1
16th 45 Mattoral 11-0 Tom Cannon C Gordon 4 200/1
Mid-division in touch, lost place 3 out, soon behind, tailed off opened 200/1 touched 200/1
PU Ut De Sivola (FR) 11-0 P Townend W P Mullins 4 20/1
Mid-division, lost place 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £11000-£500
PU West Brit (IRE) 11-0 T Scudamore C E Longsdon 4 66/1
Tracked leaders, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last opened 66/1 touched 66/1
F Balder Succes (FR) 11-0 W Hutchinson A King 4 15/2
Held up mid-division on outside when fell 4th opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £20000-£2500
F Pearl Swan (FR) 11-0 R Walsh P F Nicholls 4 7/1
Mid-division, dropped towards rear 2nd, reminders after next, soon struggling, 18th 2 out, headway under pressure between last 2, 7th and staying on when fell, last opened 13/2 touched 7/1 £7000-£1000(x2)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £43.70 Tote Place: £7.80,5.00,2.10,3.30
Straight Forecast: £562.04 Exacta: £883.20 Trifecta: £9,327.30 Swingers: 1&2:98.40 2&3:31.30 1&3:37.30

Jackpot: £76,027.09 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 17th Mar
Placepot: £627.40, Pool: £1016468.06, 1182.5 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.80, Pool: £49090.56, 2832.38 winning tickets

Verdict

COUNTRYWIDE FLAME had contested some decent juvenile contests with credit this season but was rather overlooked in the betting in the belief that some less-exposed types would improve past him. But it was his grit and determination that won the day in the end as he came from an unpromising position at the top of the hill and stayed on strongly under a fine ride from the criminally underused Dougie Costello. John Quinn's diminutive inmate - described as "15.1 hands and a fingerprint" - still had 10 lengths to make up on the front rank off the home bend but he made up ground in relentless fashion, jumped the last level with Grumeti and then powered up the hill to score convincingly. He may not be the classiest individual in the line-up but rolling your sleeves up can count for as much in races likes this and he is a credit to his connections. Hisaabaat had beaten the winner at Leopardstown last time by three lengths and travelled strongly in mid-division under Andrew Lynch. He was poised to pounce in behind the leaders on the run to the last under the stands' rails but lost a little momentum as he jumped the obstacle and then had to switch around Grumeti. Neither helped his cause but the winner was already clear heading up the hill. Grumeti jumped the last almost in front but could only find the one pace in the closing stages after he had travelled a little bit in snatches. He could be better suited by more of a speed test and Aintree would suit him nicely. He had beaten Dodging Bullets handily at Kempton last time and that rival got closer to him this time around as he overcame his inexperience to run a screamer. Connections had thought he would be mentally sharper here and is a shoo-in for a novice event if turning out again this season. 100-1 chance Wingtips defied his price and will not be long in breaking his maiden tag either. He stuck on really well for pressure in the home straight despite a flash of the tail and his turn will come for certain. Sadler's Risk's effort petered out towards the last hurdle after leading for a long way while Hollow Tree could not muster a finishing kick up the run-in. Both have looked useful this season and remain worth keeping an eye on. Shadow Catcher was free in rear early on and was done no favours when Balder Succes came down at the fourth hurdle. He had form with the front two in that Leopardstown race last time and deserves another chance for certain given a cleaner passage. Balder Succes raced wide, lurched at the fourth and that was that while Urbain De Sivola was down on his nose two out having been in a good position - that was his race over. Baby Mix is very talented and held every chance turning in but did not find a great deal for pressure as Pearl Swan took a heavy fall at the last having never really looked happy at any stage. Willie Mullins has had a hit-and-miss week and his duo Ut De Sivola and Darroun put up fairly tame efforts.