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Cheltenham

  • 17:15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper 2m 110y

  • (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race) £55,000 added 4-6yo 20 ran
  • Winner £31,322 2nd £11,754 3rd £5,885 4th £2,932
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 47.50s
  • Off time: 17:15:42

Full result

17:15 Cheltenham Result 14th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Champagne Fever (IRE) 11-5 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 5 16/1
Made all, ridden and hard pressed from over 1f out, held on under pressure final furlong opened 14/1 touched 16/1 £32000-£2000
2nd New Year's Eve 10-11 B J Geraghty J P Ferguson 4 9/2f
Mid-division, headway 4f out, tracked winner over 2f out, ridden to challenge on inside over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held towards finish opened 4/1 touched 11/2 £11000-£2000(x2) £5500-£1000 £50000-£10000 £20000-£4000 £10000-£2000 £5000-£1000(x6)
3rd hd Pique Sous (FR) 11-5 R Walsh W P Mullins 5 12/1
Mid-division on outside, headway 6f out, effort over 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £12000-£1000 £6000-£500(x2)
4th 4 Moscow Mannon (IRE) 11-5 Mr D Lavery B R Hamilton 6 8/1
Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with leading trio from over 1f out opened 13/2 touched 8/1 £16000-£2000 £10000-£1200 £7500-£1000 £5000-£700
5th ½ Yes Way Hosay (IRE) 11-5 B J Cooper R T J Wilson 6 50/1
Behind, outpaced 5f out, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, never reached leaders opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th nse The New One (IRE) 10-11 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 4 12/1
Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression opened 12/1 touched 14/1
7th 5 The Romford Pele (IRE) 11-5 A P McCoy Miss R Curtis 5 33/1
Mid-division on inside, outpaced over 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f, never troubled leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £10000-£300
8th ¾ Jezki (IRE) 10-11 R M Power Mrs J Harrington 4 12/1
Mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f out, no impression opened 12/1 touched 12/1
9th 3 Many Clouds (IRE) 11-5 L P Aspell O Sherwood 5 40/1
Held up behind, smooth headway on outside 6f out, chased leaders under pressure over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, weakened final furlong opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £8000-£200
10th Royal Guardsman (IRE) 11-5 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 6/1
Mid-division on inside, not much room 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders inside final 2f, weakened final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £16000-£2000 £21000-£3000 £7000-£1000
11th 2 Sir Johnson 11-5 J E Moore P Bowen 6 7/1
Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced when not much room over 5f out, lost place 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £50000-£5000 £10000-£1000 £24000-£3000 £4000-£500
12th Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 11-5 Mr M J O'Connor Michael O'connor 6 14/1
Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £80000-£5000 £16000-£1000 £10000-£600 £8000-£500 £70000-£5000
13th ¾ Village Vic (IRE) 11-5 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 5 14/1
Towards rear of mid-division, outpaced over 5f out, soon behind opened 14/1 touched 16/1
14th Circular Quay 11-5 P J Brennan W Greatrex 5 40/1
Mid-division, driven 4f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f opened 40/1 touched 40/1
15th Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 10-11 J Reveley Nick Williams 4 12/1
Tracked winner, lost place over 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
16th 6 Piano Concerto (USA) 11-5 Nick Scholfield Andrew Turnell 5 125/1
Always behind, struggling 5f out opened 100/1 touched 125/1
17th nk Virginia Ash (IRE) 10-11 Aidan Coleman C L Tizzard 4 50/1
Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, soon behind opened 50/1 touched 50/1
18th nk Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 11-5 D F O'Regan D O'Meara 6 50/1
Held up behind, headway 6f out, chased leaders on outside over 3f out to over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 40/1 touched 50/1 £10000-£250
PU Glenwood Present (IRE) 11-5 Nathan Sweeney R H Buckler 5 150/1
Always behind, lost touch 4f out, tailed off when pulled up over 1f out opened 125/1 touched 150/1
PU Cool George 10-11 James Best Miss J Du Plessis 4 25/1
Chased leaders on outside, driven when lost action and pulled up over 3f out opened 25/1 touched 25/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££4.30,£2.60,£4.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£15.60 2&3:£10.50 1&3:£32.50

Jackpot: £86,890.81 carried forward to Cheltenham, 15th Mar
Placepot: £73.40, Pool: £937315.56, 9316.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £32395.49, 1281.41 winning tickets

Verdict

Five of the first eight home in this race were trained in Ireland, but there wasn't a single horse who was able to get past CHAMPAGNE FEVER who set out to make all the running from the fall of the flag and did so with aplomb. Patrick Mullins set some pretty healthy early sections, and from the raggedy rolling start the field were fairly quickly strung out. With the field starting to close up coming down the hill it looked as if the writing might be on the wall for the winner but he responded every time his jockey asked and continually found more for pressure to see off stablemate Pique Sous and the strong-travelling New Year's Eve right the way to the line. Described as light-framed by his trainer, he looks sure to have a good future ahead of him but quotes for the Supreme Novices' are silly because he wouldn't have the pace for that in a millions years. He looks a 2m 4f+ horse for next season. Second home was New Year's Eve who moved like the class horse throughout, and made his ground up from off the pace very easily coming down the hill. He held every chance with a furlong to go but couldn't get past the winner. The fact he held off the third home suggests there's nothing wrong with his attitude and he was just unlucky to bump into an older horse on a really good going day. Pique Sous was never as far back in the field as NYE, but he moved sweetly into contention just after halfway and launched a challenge turning in. Like the runner-up he had every chance, and ran very well. There was a bit of a gap back to Moscow Mannon who settled just off the leader throughout but was just caught out for pace down the hill before rallying back up it, whilst Yes Way Hosay was doing all his best work in the final quarter mile and he looks sure to make up into a nice staying hurdler next season. Good mentions go to Jezki who travelled powerfully and moved closer before the home turn, but that move may have taken its toll and he didn't see it out up the hill, a comment that also applies to Royal Guardsman who had quite a rough race. He seemed short of room at the top of the hill and had to be pushed along but then made up ground on the inner turning in and looked set to hit the first five home, only to fade late on. Many Clouds paid the price for being rushed around the outside of the field after halfway and deserves plenty of credit for his effort.