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Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f

  • (Grade 3) £70,000 added 5yo+ 26 ran
  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 59.00s
  • Off time: 14:07:30

Full result

14:05 Cheltenham Result 16th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Alderwood (IRE) 11-1 A P McCoy T Mullins 8 20/1
Mid-division on inside, headway after 3 out, chased leaders when not much room and hampered after 2 out, rallied to lead last, soon ridden, held on under pressure flat opened 25/1 touched 25/1
2nd ¾ Edgardo Sol (FR) 10-13 Harry Derham (7) P F Nicholls 5 25/1
Behind, headway after 2 out, 4th and effort when not fluent last, ridden and stayed on flat, went 2nd near finish, not reached winner opened 25/1 touched 25/1
3rd hd Sailors Warn (IRE) 11-5 A E Lynch E J O'Grady 5 16/1
Behind, headway on outside before 2 out, driven to lead narrowly towards stands side rail before last, went left and headed last, soon ridden, kept on, held when lost 2nd near finish opened 16/1 touched 16/1
4th Plan A (IRE) 10-13 P Carberry G Elliott 5 20/1
Tracked leader, 3rd when hampered after 2 out, challenged and every chance approaching last, kept on under pressure flat, no extra and lost 3rd towards finish opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th 3 Via Galilei (IRE) 11-6 J E Moore G L Moore 7 33/1
Mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, effort approaching last, ridden and kept on same pace, no impression flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th 4 Dee Ee Williams (IRE) 11-2 A Glassonbury N J Gifford 9 50/1
Led, driven after 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened flat opened 66/1 touched 66/1
7th hd Dirar (IRE) 11-2 D J Condon G Elliott 7 20/1
Mid-division, driven to chase leaders when not much room on inside after 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression opened 16/1 touched 20/1
8th ½ Redera (IRE) 10-12 B J Cooper A J Martin 6 20/1
Mid-division, driven and outpaced when not much room after 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, never troubled leaders opened 16/1 touched 20/1
9th ¾ Desert Cry (IRE) 11-4 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 6 25/1
In rear, outpaced after 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never nearer opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th ¾ Magnifique Etoile 10-12 N Fehily C E Longsdon 5 12/1
Mid-division on outside, headway 3 out, effort next, one pace approaching last opened 14/1 touched 14/1
11th Local Hero (GER) 11-2 B Hughes S Gollings 5 20/1
Chased leaders, driven and outpaced after 2 out, weakened last opened 20/1 touched 20/1
12th 1 Starluck (IRE) 11-12 Tom Cannon (3) D W P Arbuthnot 7 33/1
Mid-division, dropped towards rear 4th, headway under pressure when not much room on inside after 2 out, kept on same pace, never on terms opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th 1 Raya Star (IRE) 11-5 R Thornton A King 6 8/1
Towards rear, headway under pressure on outside 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression before last opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £20000-£2000
14th ½ Citizenship 10-9 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 6 11/2f
Mid-division on inside, headway to chase leaders when hit 2 out, not much room soon after, ridden and effort between last 2, weakened flat opened 11/2 touched 6/1 £10000-£1500 £5000-£800 £10000-£1600 £5000-£900(x4) £11000-£2000 £20000-£4000
15th 1 Ifyouletmefinish (IRE) 10-11 Nick Scholfield J Scott 5 16/1
In touch, driven to hold place when not much room after 2 out, soon lost place, weakened last opened 20/1 touched 20/1
16th 1 Olofi (FR) 10-12 P J Brennan T R George 6 13/2
Mid-division, driven and outpaced when not much room after 2 out, soon switched inside, weakened before last opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £7500-£1000
17th ½ Clerk's Choice (IRE) 11-12 Peter Carberry (5) O Sherwood 6 33/1
Mid-division, lost place 5th, no danger after opened 33/1 touched 33/1
18th hd Ted Spread 10-11 R Walsh P F Nicholls 5 10/1
Mid-division, some headway when not much room 2 out, soon outpaced, never on terms opened 14/1 touched 14/1
19th Alarazi (IRE) 11-0 D Elsworth Mrs L Wadham 8 50/1
In touch, lost place 2 out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
20th nse The Bull Hayes (IRE) 11-3 P Townend Mrs J Harrington 6 50/1
Tracked leaders, driven and lost place when not much room after 2 out, soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
21st 1 Lifestyle 11-0 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 33/1
Mid-division, headway on outside after 3 out, effort after next, soon weakened opened 28/1 touched 33/1 £25000-£1000
22nd Ubi Ace 11-6 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 6 14/1
Tracked leaders, blundered 3 out, driven and outpaced between last 2, soon lost place and weakened opened 16/1 touched 16/1
23rd 2 Court In Session (IRE) 10-8 A P Cawley M Keighley 7 66/1
Always behind opened 66/1 touched 66/1
24th Moon Dice (IRE) 11-11 T Doyle P W Flynn 7 16/1
Chased leaders to 4th, behind from 3 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
25th 13 Ingleby Spirit 10-10 D F O'Regan R A Fahey 5 33/1
Behind, mistake and reminders after 2nd, struggling 3 out, never dangerous opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £16500-£500
26th 21 Hell's Bay (FR) 10-13 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 10 100/1
Chased leaders to after 3 out, soon behind, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR Snap Tie (IRE) 10-13 R Johnson P J Hobbs 10
NR Master of Arts (USA) 10-11 T Scudamore D Pipe 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £26.30 Tote Place: £4.90,8.40,4.80,5.10
Straight Forecast: £441.04 Exacta: £1,145.80 Trifecta: £7,891.80 Swingers: 1&2:161.00 2&3:101.10 1&3:122.20

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

A typically competitive renewal and a rough race but a thrilling finish and a deserved winner with ALDERWOOD who overcame some scrimmaging on the final bend to score. Generally the preserve of younger horses, the nine year old Pedrobob had prevailed for Anthony Mullins in 2007, but Thomas Mullins' eight year old doesn't have too many miles on the clock. He hadn't shown too much last month on his first start since September when partnered by AP McCoy for the first time but was ridden far more prominently here, hugging the rail throughout. That almost proved costly as he was badly hampered by on the final turn but picked up again for his rider's urgent urgings and showed more resolution than the third and fourth to prove his versatility with two of his three previous victories being achieved over 2m 6f at Killarney. At the foot of the hill both Plan A and Sailors Warn appeared to be travelling far more strongly and both did run on well enough but without ever convincing that they were going to get up the hill as well as the eventual winner and the strong finishing Edgardo Sol passed both on the run from the last. Plan A - fourth when well backed for the Fred Winter last year - had looked to be coming to hand when chasing home smart novice Trifolium before finishing a fair sixth behind Citizenship in the Boylesports and travelled well in the vanguard but the finish just seems to draw the sting out of him. Sailors Warn made smooth progress on the outside from the very rear of the field to move into a challenging position under the stands' side but was just run out of it. The inevitable rise in the weights won't make life easy for him but he settles better nowadays and benefited from the strong gallop to improve on his previous efforts at Newbury and Ascot and could pick up one of these if things drop right. His trainer reported that he lost a shoe during the race but it's hard to know what difference that may have made to his chances. Edgardo Sol finished best of all to take second near the line and could even have given the winner more to think about but for missing the last; he has has progressed well through the season and looks sure to benefit from being stepped up in trip. Via Galilei is thoroughly exposed and doesn't always convince once meeting the hill but he didn't do a lot wrong here and ran right up to his best with the race run to suit after suffering in slowly run races at Ascot and Newbury. Dee Ee Williams, third in this race in 2010 from a 5lb lower mark, returned to form under a positive ride with the blinkers back on and he could make his presence felt at Aintree. Dirar had looked unlucky last year when given plenty to do and was trapped behind horses on the final turn with Redera another to suffer but both looked a little onepaced when out in the open and struggled to make any real impression. Desert Cry looked like tailing off at one stage but made some late gains to run one of his better races. Novices Magnifique Etoile and Ifyouletmefinish seemed to find this all a bit too much while Ubi Ace appeared to race too freely; there'll be other days for all three. Raya Star, Moon Dice and Olofi have plenty of big handicap form under their belts and it was disappointing that none of the three were able to fire while Imperial Cup gamble Ted Spread was again well supported and again came up short having moved into contention. It wouldn't be a surprise were he to have a breathing operation in the summer and he could come back a different horse next season with his yard making no secret of how well handicapped he's believed to be. Citizenship was another strong fancy to disappoint and the favourite failed to pick up after being short of room although two bouts of interference clearly didn't help. Lifestyle saw plenty of daylight on the outside and moved into contention travelling ominously well only to weaken tamely but she could prove to be a different proposition once her sights are lowered.