BetVictor Cheltenham Festival Antepost Pioneers Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase 2m 5f
- (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
Alex Hammond's Tip Of The Day (Tipsy Dara - 14.00 A) To Win By Over 6 Lengths Up To Including 9 Lengths 12/1
- Winning time: 6m 10.70s
- Off time: 14:00:29
|1st||5 Tipsy Dara||11/4|
|2nd||2 The Magic Bishop||2½||6/1|
Dannanceys Hill (IRE) 23
|6||166 11-12||D McCain Jnr||Henry Brooke (3)||115||13/8f|
The Magic Bishop 52
|8||165 11-11 t||J M Jefferson||Jack Jordan (10)||114||6/1|
The Hollinwell 16
|10||162 11-8||Ferdy Murphy||John Winston (8)||111||33/1|
Et Maintenant (FR) 61
|11||161 11-7||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Grant Cockburn (6)||110||6/1|
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 18
|9||155 11-1||N W Alexander||Lucy Alexander (3)||104||11/4|
Radharc Na Mara (IRE) 64
|9||152 10-12||J T R Dreaper||K M Donoghue||101||7/1|
Dannanceys Hill carries top weight in this handicap after one run in a novice chase. He has more scope than these but does have to overcome inexperience and several of his rivals arrive in decent form. Tipsy Dara has won at Hexham and Carlisle this season while The Magic Bishop beat ET MAINTENANT by half-a-length at Carlisle in October. However, Lucinda Russell's 11-year-old has since gone close over 3m here while Malcolm Jefferson's charge has been well beaten twice and, on worse terms, may struggle to confirm the form. Grant Cockburn's mount can gain a deserved victory today. The Hollinwell has always been a bit of an enigma and it's worth taking a chance that he won't suddenly rediscover his form here.
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden after last, led last 100 yards, kept on, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec beating Billy Cuckoo (11-9) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Magic Bishop 9-4 (11-7) In rear and in touch, took keen hold, hit 9th, went 2nd before and hit 3 out, weakened run-in, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Whats Up Woody (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Dannanceys Hill (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) With winner, led 12th, mistake and headed 16th, ridden and beaten 2 out, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 4, 13l behind Rose Of The Moon (11-4) at Sedgefield 3m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Et Maintenant (FR) 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, lost place 2nd, not fluent 8th, headway when not fluent 14th, mistake 4 out, hampered 3 out, every chance last, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Overquest (10-12) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Radharc Na Mara (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) In rear, 9th 4 out, no impression from next, 6th of 10, 18l behind Mr Goodenough (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct.
The Hollinwell 28-1 (10-10) Led until 15th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Harris Hawk (9-13) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.