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Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase 3m 7f

  • (Cross Country) £40,000 added 5yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £25,024 2nd £7,392 3rd £3,696 4th £1,848
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross Country Good to Firm.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 51.50s
  • Off time: 16:00:09

Full result

16:00 Cheltenham Result 13th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Balthazar King (IRE) 10-9 R Johnson P J Hobbs 8 11/2
Always prominent, led 2nd to 4th, tracked leader, mistake 6th, not fluent 3 out, led again next, hard pressed last, ridden flat, just held on opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £5000-£700 £10000-£1500
2nd hd A New Story (IRE) 10-9 A P Heskin (3) M Hourigan 14 20/1
Mid-division, hit 21st, headway under pressure 3 out, went 2nd before last, soon every chance, ridden and stayed on flat, just held opened 18/1 touched 20/1
3rd 5 Wedger Pardy (IRE) 10-1 Miss J Coward (7) K C Bailey 11 33/1
In touch, led 4th, headed 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression from last opened 25/1 touched 33/1
4th Sizing Australia (IRE) 11-1 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 10 5/1
Tracked leaders, effort on inside 2 out, soon ridden, outpaced when switched right before last, kept on same pace, no impression opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £5000-£1000 £3600-£800
5th Tally Em Up (IRE) 10-5 Declan Bates (5) P J Rothwell 9 50/1
Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out to next, kept on same pace, no impression opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th nk Midnight Haze 10-7 S Quinlan K C Bailey 10 16/1
Keen early, led to 2nd, tracked leaders, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, no impression between last 2 opened 25/1 touched 25/1
7th Maljimar (IRE) 10-5 J Reveley Nick Williams 12 10/1
In touch, 5th and outpaced 2 out, no impression opened 10/1 touched 11/1
8th hd Uncle Junior (IRE) 11-12 E Mullins (3) W P Mullins 11 8/1
Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms opened 7/1 touched 8/1
9th 16 Jacks Island (IRE) 10-5 Shane Jackson (3) J P Kenny 9 80/1
Always behind, struggling 29th, never dangerous opened 66/1 touched 80/1
PU Scotsirish (IRE) 11-9 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 11 10/3f
Held up towards rear when lost action and pulled up before 5th, dismounted opened 3/1 touched 10/3 £4000-£1000 £14000-£4000 £3500-£1000 £5000-£1500 £3000-£900 £30000-£10000 £12000-£4000
PU Garde Champetre (FR) 11-8 Miss N Carberry E Bolger 13 10/1
Chased leaders to 18th, behind when lost action and pulled up quickly before next, dismounted opened 17/2 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000 £22500-£2500
PU Fortification (USA) 10-6 D F O'Regan K Burke 9 14/1
Slowly away, always towards rear, struggling 17th, pulled up before 27th opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Gone To Lunch (IRE) 10-0 Nick Scholfield J Scott 12 20/1
Mid-division, dropped towards rear 20th, soon struggling, pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
UR Dancing Tornado (IRE) 10-13 Mr J T McNamara M Hourigan 11 11/1
In rear, mistake and unseated rider 16th opened 10/1 touched 11/1
UR Double Dizzy 10-8 A Glassonbury R H Buckler 11 33/1
In touch, driven 29th, soon lost place, towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 6 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
UR Dream Alliance 10-4 T J O'Brien J L Flint 11 66/1
Always behind, mistake and unseated rider 6 out opened 66/1 touched 66/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.00 Tote Place: £1.60,5.60,5.30,1.90
Straight Forecast: £112.88 Exacta: £238.40 Trifecta: £9,449.80 Swingers: 1&2:54.50 2&3:117.80 1&3:37.90

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 thrilling finish after almost four miles as BALTHAZAR KING held off the late thrust of gallant veteran A New Story. The winner was always in the leading trio and found plenty for pressure under Richard Johnson in the closing stages to make up for an unfortunate incident at the track back in December. A New Story was a past winner of this race and only just failed to add to his tally despite advancing years. Wedger Pardy had taken the wrong course in the above race back in December and put in a great effort to hit the frame. He led the field along for much of the way but could not go with the front two after the second last. He did hold on well to keep Sizing Australia at bay as the front four were clear of the chasing pack. There was a sad footnote as both Scotsirish and multiple cross-country winner Garde Champetre had to be put down.