BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 22.40s
- Off time: 14:21:19
|2nd||2 Mighty Whitey||½||5/1|
Seader (USA) 33
|8||166 11-12||J J Lambe||A P McCoy||115||4/1|
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 97
|7||166 11-12 t||N C Kelly||D R Fox (7)||115||5/1|
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 17
|6||164 11-10||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||113||11/8f|
Grand Diamond (IRE) 23
|9||156 11-2||J S Goldie||Henry Brooke||105||20/1|
Funky Munky 28
|8||149 10-9 p||A C Whillans||E Whillans (3)||98||11/4|
||9||10-10||I Jardine||Henry Brooke||6/1|
Considering it was his first run for 18 months, SEADER wasn't disgraced at Thurles in November. He's been given time to recover from those exertions and may well be ready to strike in a fairly uncompetitive handicap. Funky Munky is probably the danger as he's been placed at Carlisle and Catterick in his last two starts, though he probably has a bit to find with Mighty Whitey on collateral form. Nowurhurlin and Grand Diamond aren't without ability but haven't shown much recently and need to step up now.
Seader (USA) 20-1 (10-9) Lost ground start, never a factor, kept on straight, 8th of 16, 9l behind Lough Roe Lady (11-2) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leader in clear 2nd, close up 4th, led 3 out, headed approaching next, soon ridden, one pace approaching last, no chance with winner flat, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Hunters Belt (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders 4 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 10l behind Markadam (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Funky Munky 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, ridden before 6th, led 3 out, edged left just before last, headed and unable to quicken flat, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Rear Admiral (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Dec.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 66-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, weakened before last, 12th of 15, 34l behind Parc Des Princes (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.