Cheltenham 2014 NRNB At BetVictor.com Handicap Hurdle 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 22.40s
- Off time: 17:07:39
|1st||4 Minella On Line||2/1f|
|2nd||7 Westerly Breeze||4½||9/2|
One In A Milan (IRE) 14
|9||166 11-12||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||120||8/1|
Heavenstown (IRE) 18
|8||163 11-9 b||J L Spearing||Maurice Linehan (5)||117||7/2|
|9||162 11-8||Mrs D A Hamer||P E Corbett (5)||116||10/1|
Minella On Line (IRE) 14
|5||160 11-6||Miss R Curtis||Paul O'Brien (7)||114||2/1f|
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 16
|9||151 10-11||Mark Gillard||Thomas Cheesman (7)||105||14/1|
Mobaasher (USA) 10
|11||150 10-10||Mrs P Shaw||Lucy Gardner (5)||104||16/1|
Westerly Breeze (IRE) 28
|6||148 10-8||M Keighley||Ian Popham||102||9/2|
Paddy The Oscar (IRE) 15
|11||148 10-8||Grace Harris||C Wallis (5)||102||14/1|
||8||11-12||H Whittington||J McGrath||4/1|
Bendant reverts to hurdles on his chasing mark and certainly isn't out of this under a 5lb claimer as he likes the mud. Minella On Line has been placed in all three starts over hurdles but doesn't look particularly well treated and is a little one-paced. Mobaasher showed a bit of his old ability when chasing home Thedeboftheyear at Wincanton but it will be a surprise if the veteran goes one better here. A couple of mistakes knocked the stuffing out of WESTERLY BREEZE at Warwick last time but he has the scope to find further improvement and could take advantage of his low weight today as he gets 15lb from Wetherby second Heavenstown and another 3lb from the frustrating One In A Milan.
Minella On Line (IRE) 5-2 (10-10) Tracked leading pair until pushed along before 4 out, went well held 3rd again and hit 2 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Full Shift (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Westerly Breeze (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) In touch in 4th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, well behind Tullyesker Hill (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Mobaasher (USA) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leader until after 7th, went 2nd again when jumped left 2 out, edged left before last and flat, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Thedeboftheyear (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Heavenstown (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led after 6th, headed 2 out, kept on from last, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Captain Clayton (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
One In A Milan (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up on outside, closed 2nd, pushed along and lost place 4th, jumped slowly and well beaten from 6th, 6th of 9, well behind Buddy Bolero (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) With winner and clear to 5th, lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 26l behind Should I Stay (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Bendant 20-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, went well held 2nd before pecked last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 17l behind Restless Harry (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Paddy The Oscar (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) 4th of 8, 14l behind Storm Alert (11-0) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.