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  • 13:50 paddypower.com Handicap Chase2m

  • £45,000 added 4yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner £28,152 2nd £8,316 3rd £4,158 4th £2,079
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country G/S,Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.40s
  • Off time: 13:52:30

Full result

13:50 Cheltenham Result 16th November 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Shooters Wood (IRE) 10-5 R Walsh P F Nicholls 8 7/1
Chased leader, led 3 out, joined 2 out, idled run-in, driven out and always doing enough opened 7/1 touched 7/1
2nd Wetak (FR) 10-7 T Scudamore F Cottin 5 12/1
Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, chased winner soon after 3 out, challenged and every chance when stumbled next, staying on same pace and held when hung left run-in opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£700
3rd 4 Silver Roque (FR) 10-8 P J Brennan F M O'Brien 6 6/1
In close touch in 6th, stayed on to 3rd before 2 out, one pace when edged left run-in opened 6/1 touched 13/2 £3000-£500
4th Astracad (FR) 11-12 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 6 9/2j
Chased leaders, mistake 6th, blundered 8th, driven in 4th after 3 out, one pace and no real impression when went left 2 out opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500(x2) £9000-£2000 £2250-£500
5th Kid Cassidy (IRE) 11-11 A P McCoy N J Henderson 6 9/2j
Held up well in rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, kept on well flat, went 5th close home, never nearer opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £4500-£1000 £3600-£800
6th ½ Oh Crick (FR) 11-11 Mr Joshua Newman (7) A King 9 16/1
Chased leaders, ridden and one pace after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next opened 16/1 touched 20/1
7th Rio Gael (IRE) 10-13 T J O'Brien P Bowen 6 40/1
Not fluent 3rd, towards rear, plugged on from 2 out, kept on run-in, never involved opened 40/1 touched 50/1
8th 8 Free World (FR) 11-1 D N Russell A L T Moore 8 12/1
Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, not fluent next, no threat after opened 10/1 touched 12/1
9th 3 Fiftyonefiftyone (IRE) 10-0 S P Jones O Sherwood 8 25/1
Always towards rear, never involved opened 25/1 touched 28/1
10th nk Takeroc (FR) 11-6 Tom Cannon (3) C Gordon 9 33/1
Always towards rear, pushed along after 8th, never involved opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th 8 Arctic Ben (IRE) 10-6 R Johnson H D Daly 8 7/1
Led, blundered 6th, blundered and headed 3 out, soon weakened and eased before last opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £3200-£400 £2000-£300
12th Consigliere (FR) 11-9 Tom Bellamy (7) D Pipe 9 16/1
Chased leaders in 5th, driven and lost place 9th, in rear and struggling next, tailed off opened 16/1 touched 18/1
13th 13 Lucy's Legend (IRE) 10-0 James Best (5) P Henderson 6 25/1
Blundered 1st, mid-division, pushed along after 7th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off when blundered 2 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Salute Him (IRE) 10-1 Maurice Linehan (7) A J Martin 9 33/1
Never jumped or travelled in rear, tailed off 5th, pulled up soon after opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £15000-£300

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.00 Tote Place: £2.50,4.50,1.90
Straight Forecast: £80.58 Exacta: £121.90 Trifecta: £684.40 Swingers: 1&2:37.50 2&3:18.50 1&3:7.30

Jackpot: £41,537.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Nov
Placepot: £157.70, Pool: £231859.94, 1073.16 winning tickets
Quadpot: £48.80, Pool: £12393.78, 187.81 winning tickets

Verdict

SHOOTERS WOOD took a step forward to win this, having just appeared to be in the grip of the handicapper with three second-place finishes from four starts since joining Paul Nicholls. A sound jumper, jockey Ruby Walsh had him towards the fore from the start and he found plenty when challenged by Wetak from the home turn. It's not impossible that he can defy a rise in the weights, possibly in the two-mile handicap chase at Cheltenham's December meeting, given that he won't have to go up in grade having been towards the foot of the handicap here. Wetak often goes from the front in France, but settled well enough off the pace here. He hasn't had many opportunities over trips as short as this previously, but clearly has sufficient speed for two miles. Silver Roque looked as if he would throw down a challenge at the final fence, but faltered up the final climb to the winning post. Astracad ran his usual honest race at a course he likes. Kid Cassidy's comeback run at Aintree attracted understandable attention, but those expecting dramatic improvement here were to be left disappointed. As before, he was settled in rear and made gradual progress between rivals heading towards the third-last fence. But although he wasn't unduly punished, he never looked likely to pull out enough to get involved in the finish. A track with a less punishing layout might help his chances and he keeps giving the impression that one day everything will drop right for him, but he is undoubtedly becoming an expensive horse to follow.