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Cheltenham

  • 14:40 JLT Specialty Handicap Chase 3m 110y

  • (Grade 3) £75,000 added 5yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross Country Good to Firm.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 8.50s
  • Off time: 14:40:26

Full result

14:40 Cheltenham Result 13th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Alfie Sherrin 10-0 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 9 14/1
Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 3 out, effort next, stayed on under pressure to lead flat opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £80000-£5000 £14000-£1000
2nd 1 Fruity O'Rooney 10-11 J E Moore G L Moore 9 16/1
Led, driven after 3 out, ridden next, headed flat, kept on opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £5000-£300
3rd 4 Our Mick 11-1 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 6 11/1
With leader to 4th, remained in touch, not fluent 15th, outpaced 4 out, headway next, effort and every chance on outside 2 out, ridden to chase leading pair flat, held when edged left towards finish opened 10/1 touched 11/1
4th 2 The Package 10-10 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 9 6/1
Mid-division on outside, headway 14th, went 2nd after 3 out, challenged next, soon ridden, kept on and every chance until one pace flat opened 6/1 touched 13/2 £2100-£300 £6500-£1000 £3250-£500(x3)
5th Billie Magern 10-10 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 8 25/1
Tracked leaders, ridden and effort on inside approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression flat opened 25/1 touched 28/1
6th 11 Magnanimity (IRE) 11-1 D N Russell D T Hughes 8 14/1
Chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace from next, no impression opened 14/1 touched 14/1
7th 3 Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 11-12 A P McCoy N J Henderson 7 11/2j
Mid-division on inside, headway 12th, outpaced 15th, 8th and hard driven 3 out, kept on same pace, never on terms opened 6/1 touched 6/1 £60000-£10000 £5000-£800(x2)
8th 2 Riguez Dancer 10-0 Lucy Alexander (5) Ferdy Murphy 8 40/1
Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never near leaders opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th 3 Pentiffic (NZ) 10-0 R T Dunne (5) Miss V Williams 9 16/1
In touch, pressed leader from 4th, mistake 13th and 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before last opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £22000-£1000
10th 8 Hold On Julio (IRE) 11-2 R Thornton A King 9 11/2j
In touch on inside, outpaced 4 out, 10th when mistake next, weakened from 2 out opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £37500-£5000 £3750-£500
11th Baile Anrai (IRE) 10-4 Harry Skelton Ian Williams 8 12/1
Mid-division, 9th and ridden 3 out, weakened next opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £10000-£800
12th 16 Mon Mome (FR) 11-2 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 12 50/1
Mid-division, struggling 13th, soon behind opened 50/1 touched 50/1
13th Tullamore Dew (IRE) 11-0 L Treadwell N J Gifford 10 12/1
Towards rear, struggling 13th, never dangerous opened 12/1 touched 12/1
14th 18 Runshan (IRE) 10-0 T Scudamore D G Bridgwater 12 100/1
Chased leaders, lost place halfway, soon behind opened 100/1 touched 100/1
PU Noland 11-5 R Walsh P F Nicholls 11 25/1
In touch, blundered 13th, not recover and soon behind, pulled up before 4 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Zarrafakt (IRE) 11-2 N Fehily Miss E C Lavelle 8 14/1
In rear, mistake 11th, never dangerous, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 14/1 touched 16/1
PU Mossley (IRE) 10-13 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 16/1
Mid-division on outside, lost place when blundered 4 out, soon pulled up opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Mount Oscar (IRE) 10-6 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 13 33/1
Always behind, lost touch 12th, pulled up before 14th opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Bottman (IRE) 10-0 R J Killoran Tim Vaughan 7 33/1
Mid-division, not fluent 6th, lost place when mistake 4 out, behind when pulled up before next opened 25/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £19.10 Tote Place: £4.30,3.30,2.50,2.40
Straight Forecast: £208.91 Exacta: £352.40 Trifecta: £4,636.90 Swingers: 1&2:59.70 2&3:30.10 1&3:41.90

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

A fiercely competitive heat as ever and Fruity O'Rooney almost made all the running only to be collared in the final 100 yards by ALFIE SHERRIN. The runner-up had been unlucky last time at Doncaster when Jamie Moore's saddle slipped in the closing stages and he almost made amends under an attacking ride. He had the field on the stretch rolling down the hill for the second time and it was just a question of whether he would keep going from the second last. He very almost did only to see the winner tackle him halfway up the run-in and outstay him in the closing stages. The winner had been ridden in reverse having been put to sleep in the early stages of the contest. He still had a dozen lengths to make up on the winner coming down the hill but really started to find his stride and cut through the pack. The first-time cheekpieces had the desired effect after a patchy season to date. Our Mick was a gallant third as he kept on in tremendous fashion having been prominent for much of the trip. He is a progressive novice and there should be more to come once he finds some consistency with his fencing. The Package had been touched off in this race two years ago and has been very lightly raced since. The vibes had been positive ahead of this comeback and he only gave best on the run-in after creeping into the race under a patient Timmy Murphy. He has lots of ability so lets hope we get to see more of him. Billie Magern put in a solid shift but the novice duo Hold On Julio and Baille Anrai found this jumping test a bit too much at this stage of their careers and were feeling the pinch at the top of the hill. Both had won races on soft ground this season and will be interesting next winter once again when they have their conditions. Tullamore Dew made a string of mistakes while Mossley almost unshipped Barry Geraghty four out with a bad blunder. Quantativeeasing was rousted along from the top of the hill and never really looked in a position to get competitive. Magnanimity seemed to be moving up to challenge as the field came down the hill but he soon backed out of things and is better on easier ground.