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Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Byrne Group Plate 2m 5f

  • (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) £75,000 added 5yo+ 22 ran
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 11.50s
  • Off time: 16:00:55

Full result

16:00 Cheltenham Result 15th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Salut Flo (FR) 10-10 T Scudamore D Pipe 7 9/2f
Made all, hit 4 out, pushed 3 lengths clear 3 out, stayed on well, ridden out opened 5/1 touched 6/1 £10000-£1600 £6000-£1000(x2) £5000-£800 £5500-£1000(x2) £5000-£1000(x3)
2nd 6 The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 10-1 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 6 10/1
Mid-division, hit 2nd, headway 9th, ridden after 3 out, went 3rd next, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression on winner opened 12/1 touched 12/1
3rd Glam Gerry (IRE) 10-3 B Hayes (7) C A Murphy 8 33/1
Held up in rear, 10th when hit 4 out, still going well next, headway approaching 2 out, kept on well flat, took 3rd post, never near to challenge opened 33/1 touched 40/1
4th s.h Divers (FR) 11-1 A P McCoy Ferdy Murphy 8 8/1
Held up in touch, closed to take 3rd when blundered 2 out, chased winner before next, driven and no impression when lost 2nd flat, no extra towards finish, lost 3rd post opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £40000-£5000 £10000-£1200 £5000-£600 £4000-£500
5th 4 Tartak (FR) 11-12 Michael Byrne (5) Tim Vaughan 9 50/1
Tracked leaders, lost place and outpaced before 13th, stayed on approaching last, kept on flat, no impression on leaders opened 50/1 touched 50/1
6th 2 Holmwood Legend 10-13 S Clements (7) K Burke 11 18/1
Prominent, ridden after 13th, close 4th 2 out, 5th and no extra 2 out opened 14/1 touched 18/1
7th 1 Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 11-3 Maurice Linehan (7) T J Taaffe 11 25/1
Prominent, hit 4th, chased winner 13th until before 2 out, 10 lengths down in 4th and no extra when hit last, weakened flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £50000-£1500(x2)
8th Mad Moose (IRE) 10-8 William Twiston-Davies (7) N A Twiston-Davies 8 33/1
Held up in rear, hit 8th, headway 10th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, 6th and no extra 2 out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
9th 4 Gansey (IRE) 10-6 P Buchanan Mrs S J Smith 10 33/1
Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 12th, ridden 3 out, weakened before next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th Charingworth (IRE) 10-6 Lucy Alexander (5) Ferdy Murphy 9 25/1
Held up, hit 2nd, hampered on bend after 7th, hit next, never on terms opened 22/1 touched 25/1
11th nk Niceonefrankie (ex5) 10-2 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 6 7/1
Mid-division, mistake 10th, well beaten 3 out, no impression opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £4000-£500 £5000-£650 £10000-£1400(x2) £7000-£1000 £5000-£700(x4) £3000-£420(x2)
12th 9 Gilbarry (IRE) 10-10 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 7 33/1
Held up on outide, headway approaching 6th, chased winner after next until blundered 13th, weakened after 3 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th Matuhi 11-3 Tom Bellamy (10) D Pipe 9 22/1
Held up in rear, some headway when blundered 12th, no impression after opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £12500-£500
14th 1 Giorgio Quercus (FR) 11-11 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 16/1
Tracked leaders, took keen hold, hampered 3rd, struggling 11th, no impression after, well beaten 2 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
15th 23 Kilcrea Asla (IRE) 10-0 Killian Moore (7) G McPherson 11 66/1
Held up in touch in mid-division, ridden 11th, soon struggling, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
16th 10 Schindler's Gold (IRE) 10-3 S P Jones Dr R D P Newland 10 100/1
Mid-division, ridden and struggling 12th, soon behind, tailed off opened 100/1 touched 100/1
17th ¾ Hector's Choice (FR) 11-6 J E Moore R Lee 8 10/1
Tracked leaders, hit 8th, blundered 11th, lost place before 12th, weakened next, tailed off opened 10/1 touched 10/1
PU Crack Away Jack 11-1 R Walsh P F Nicholls 8 13/2
Held up towards rear, hampered 3rd, hit 8th, struggling 13th, pulled up before 2 out opened 13/2 touched 15/2 £3750-£500 £35000-£5000 £21000-£3000 £10000-£1400 £7000-£1000 £13000-£2000 £10000-£1500
PU Fine Parchment (IRE) 10-6 N Fehily C J Mann 9 20/1
Mid-division, pushed along 8th, behind 13th, pulled up before 4 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Radetsky March (IRE) 10-1 Matthew Batchelor M Bradstock 9 66/1
With winner when jumped left and mistake 1st, prominent, mistake and lost place 7th, pulled up before 13th opened 66/1 touched 66/1
PU Life Of A Luso (IRE) 10-0 P J Brennan P Henderson 8 50/1
Last when hampered 3rd, not fluent and always behind, pulled up before 13th opened 50/1 touched 50/1
F Notus De La Tour (FR) 11-3 C O'Farrell (3) D Pipe 6 8/1
Held up, fell 3rd opened 12/1 touched 12/1
NR Rebel Du Maquis (FR) 11-9 Ryan Mahon (3) P F Nicholls 7
NR Jack The Giant (IRE) 11-6 A Tinkler N J Henderson 10

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.70 Tote Place: £1.50,2.70,9.70,2.40
Straight Forecast: £45.61 Exacta: £63.70 Trifecta: £1,567.90 Swingers: 1&2:14.10 2&3:66.60 1&3:80.80

Jackpot: £21,052.60, Pool: £94551.19, 9.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £309.50, Pool: £936524.56, 2208.36 winning tickets
Quadpot: £12.60, Pool: £46213.6, 2703.93 winning tickets

Verdict

SALUT FLO had been well backed for his seasonal reappearance, and third start for David Pipe, in the Spinal Research Handicap in December where a bad mistake put him out of the race. However, he had done enough that day to enter a number of Festival notebooks and his popularity had increased with Pipe nominating him as his best bet of the week. Given the type of forceful ride so long associated with runners from Pond House, he had the majority of his rivals on the stretch from a long way out and won in the style of a well-handicapped horse. He's sure to face a big hike in the weights for this display but remains relatively unexposed for this stable and could well have another race in him before the handicapper catches up. If there was to be a threat to the winner as they came down the hill, it looked likely to come from Divers who was produced for the Festival in tip-top form after a trademark campaign from his trainer. The ground may not have been quite as fast as he'd have preferred but it essentially looked as though the handicapper may have his measure at present. He was overhauled by a strong finish from the novice The Cockney Mackem, who was finishing second for the fifth time in seven starts over fences (yet to win), and Glam Gerry. The runner-up was dropping back from three miles and looks sure to benefit from being stepped back up to the longer distance next season where he should be able to make his mark in decent handicaps. Similar comments apply to Glam Gerry who was also dropping back from three miles after unseating in the Thyestes in January. He could be seen travelling well but he didn't have the pace to go with the leaders before staying on to good effect; he has a decent prize in him. Tartak's last win had come over C&D on New Year's Day 2011 but had run more bad races than good subsequently. The handicapper had given him a chance and a change of yards appears to have benefited him in the short term but there is no guarantee with his profile that he will build on this next time although the ability is there and he had run well at Aintree in the past. Holmwood Legend, 10lbs higher than when winning this race last year, produced a solid run but simply looks too high in the handicap which also looks true of another former Festival winner in Finger Onthe Pulse who ran well for a long way. Niceonefrankie represented a trainer with a good record at this meeting and was accorded respect under a penalty but he had been doing his winning in lesser races and appeared to be found out in this significantly stronger company. Gilbarry raced fairly exuberantly and had nothing left to offer from the top of the hill but this was a little more encouraging and he could be worth keeping an eye on. Three of his four career victories have come in the spring and he's dropped to a very workable mark. Matuhi was a shade disappointing with the form of his previous third working out well but he's another that could prove better served by genuinely good spring ground and he's never entirely convinced that this is his course. Hector's Choice has run some big races this season but may have had enough for the time being with his jumping coming apart a little as he struggled to keep tabs on the pace. The formerly smart Crack Away Jack had reportedly been pleasing his connections at home but failed to reflect that on the course and it has to be viewed as doubtful as to whether he will ever recapture former glories.