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Cheltenham

  • 16:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • £45,000 added 4yo+ 24 ran
  • Winner £28,152 2nd £8,316 3rd £4,158 4th £2,079
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 51.50s
  • Off time: 16:40:33

Full result

16:40 Cheltenham Result 16th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Attaglance 11-6 Harry Haynes (3) J M Jefferson 6 20/1
Prominent early, tracked leaders, outpaced slightly after 2 out, rider dropped whip and rallied approaching last, went 2nd at hurdle and went left, stayed on under pressure to lead close home opened 16/1 touched 20/1
2nd nk Toner D'Oudairies (FR) 11-4 K M Donoghue (3) G Elliott 5 7/1
Mid-division, mistake 5th, headway 7th, led approaching last, went left and mistake last, headed close home opened 15/2 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000 £7500-£1000
3rd nk Oscar Nominee (IRE) 11-2 D Bass (3) N J Henderson 5 10/1
In rear, not fluent 2nd, pushed along after next, headway after 2 out, switched left approaching last, kept on well flat, went 3rd close home opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £30000-£3000
4th Make A Track (IRE) 11-1 B R Dalton (3) C F Swan 6 12/1
Mid-division, hit 1st, headway 7th, tracking leaders before last, close 3rd wehn not much room flat, unable to quicken opened 12/1 touched 12/1
5th Art Professor (IRE) 10-13 Harry Challoner (6) Miss V Williams 8 40/1
Towards rear, soon pushed along , headway 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied last, ran on flat, nearest finish opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th ¾ Grandads Horse 11-1 Kielan Woods (3) C E Longsdon 6 12/1
Held up in touch, took keen hold, closed 2 out, pressing leaders before last, no extra towards finish opened 14/1 touched 14/1
7th 1 Pateese (FR) 11-3 Matt Griffiths (3) P J Hobbs 7 66/1
Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, headway after next, stayed on flat, never able to trouble leaders opened 66/1 touched 66/1
8th Like Minded 11-2 Ryan Mahon (3) P F Nicholls 8 50/1
Mid-division, ridden 7th, headway approaching last, never nearer opened 50/1 touched 50/1
9th ½ Bourne 11-2 Henry Brooke (3) D McCain Jnr 6 9/2f
Mid-division, headway 5th, mistake 2 out, soon ridden and close up, weakened final 100 yards opened 4/1 touched 9/2 £7500-£1500 £9000-£2000 £4500-£1000(x3) £8000-£2000
10th Arab League (IRE) 11-3 F J Hayes (8) D Pipe 7 50/1
Tracked leaders, hit 6th, joined after 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra when mistake at hurdle opened 50/1 touched 50/1
11th 5 Tornado Bob (IRE) 11-7 J Kington (3) D McCain Jnr 7 50/1
Prominent, challenged after 3 out, every chance aproaching last, weakened flat opened 66/1 touched 66/1
12th 2 Dan Breen (IRE) 11-2 B J Cooper D Pipe 7 22/1
Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching last opened 20/1 touched 22/1
13th 11 Molotof (FR) 11-12 C Wallis (3) N J Henderson 5 11/1
Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 2 out, soon weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1
14th hd Open Hearted 11-3 Jeremiah McGrath (3) N J Henderson 5 9/1
In touch, ridden before 3 out, soon lost place, well beaten 2 out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
15th nk Empire Levant (USA) 11-7 Harry Derham (8) P F Nicholls 5 20/1
Held up in rear, badly hampered 2 out, no impression opened 16/1 touched 20/1
16th 9 Wolf Moon (IRE) 10-13 Charlie Huxley M Keighley 9 66/1
Prominent, ridden 4th, lost place 6th, behind next opened 66/1 touched 66/1
17th 62 Knight Pass (IRE) 11-2 Brendan Powell W Greatrex 6 66/1
Mid-division, mistake 6th, behind after next, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
18th 7 I'msingingtheblues (IRE) 11-12 Tom Bellamy (8) D Pipe 10 18/1
Held up towards rear, hit 4th, well beaten 7th, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Rigidity 11-2 Michael Byrne (3) Tim Vaughan 5 25/1
Towards rear, blundered 4th, well beaten 3 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
PU Bocciani (GER) 11-0 Lucy Alexander B Ellison 7 40/1
Mid-division, took keen hold, mistake 7th, soon beaten, pulled up before last opened 33/1 touched 40/1
PU Changing Times (IRE) 10-13 William Twiston-Davies (8) N A Twiston-Davies 6 20/1
Led, hung right after 4th, hung badly right from next, blundered 6th, pulled up before next opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Gormanstown Cuckoo 10-13 Tom Cannon M Blake 8 33/1
In rear, behind 3 out, pulled up before last opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Street Entertainer (IRE) 11-1 C O'Farrell (3) D Pipe 5 5/1
Prominent, losing place when fell 2 out opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £8000-£1000(x2)
UR Ski Sunday 11-0 Robert Kirk (3) Tim Vaughan 7 50/1
Held up in rear, unseated rider on path before 4th opened 50/1 touched 50/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £31.10 Tote Place: £6.00,2.70,3.50,4.10
Straight Forecast: £150.32 Exacta: £187.10 Trifecta: £4,817.20 Swingers: 1&2:17.70 2&3:25.60 1&3:54.60

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

The race was run at a steady pace and produced a thrilling and dramatic finish with ATTAGLANCE surviving a stewards' enquiry after intefering with Grandads Horse and Make A Track. The winner rallied well after becoming outpaced but responded well to his rider's urgings to battle on gamely to claim a narrow success and provide his trainer with his second winner of the week; his jockey had dropped his whip before the last. The winner's profile had been rather in-and-out this season but he had won his previous outing impressively and seems to be a far better horse on top of the ground; with that in mind he could be kept on the go for the spring. There will be plenty of critics of the ride given to Toner d'Oudairies as he appeared to have the race at his mercy as he cruised to the front, seemingly with plenty of petrol left in the tank but he made a mistake at the last and didn't find as much as had seemed likely. He may well have hit the front sooner than desired but the complexion of the race changed quickly and that was through no fault of Keith Donoghue's with his mount just travelling significantly better than everything else. The gelding had enough time to respond having jumped the last and simply didn't find as much as had looked likely although in hindsight they may wish that they had kicked for home before that flight in an attempt to steal an advantage. Make A Track was unlucky as he was quite badly hampered by the fall of Street Entertainer at a crucial stage before being hampered by the winner on the run-in; he did look to be coming to the end of his tether at the time though but was probably paying the price for having made up his ground after the inteference. Oscar Nominee ran a remarkable race as he barely jumped a hurdle and failed to travel with any fluency but he stayed on resolutely to narrowly miss out. His jumping had been fairly average in a Graded Hurdle won by Cinders And Ashes and didn't hold up in this stronger company having won a novice in between. He relished the step up to this trip and rates a lovely prospect for the future which, given his connections, surely lies over fences next season. Art Professor ran a similar race without ever getting there but he saw this trip out well enough which gives his connections more options as all of his previous form was around the minimum, including in several visits to this track. He was wearing blinkers for the first time here having disappointed in the Imperial Cup but it's debatable as to how much they contributed to his return to form given his good track record. Grandads Horse looked to be running out of steam when squeezed up by the winner but ran a decent race on his return to handicap company having come up short behind Fingal Bay in the Grade Two Hyde Novices' Hurdle here in November. He's done the majority of racing on top of the ground and is a relatively fresh horse, as a result he would have to be of interest if heading to Aintree where the two and a half mile handicap could be on the agenda. Pateese had gone off the boil after a bright start to the season and was tried in blinkers, they appeared to have had the desired effect but it was a shade disappointing that he couldn't make more impression on the leaders. Bourne looked well handicapped on his defeat of Smad Place at Ascot and was well backed accordingly; he was prominent from a long way out and appeared to be well placed to launch his challenge but the response was limited when asked; it's possible that he didn't prove as effective on this track. Molotof was expected to be suited by this step up in trip but failed to get home. Empire Levant was given a very patient ride and hadn't shown his hand when hampered by the fall of Street Entertainer; he had no chance thereafter. Dan Breen narrowly missed out in a two and a half mile chase earlier in the month but appeared to fail through lack of stamina; he could be interesting back over two miles on his favoured quick ground.