Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) 3m 7f

  • (5yo+, 3m 7f, Class 2, 16 runners)
  • Winner £31,280 2nd £9,240 3rd £4,620 4th £2,310 5th £1,155 6th £580
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places; Cross Country: Good to Soft, Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 8m 19.30s
  • Off time: 16:00:14
Full result
Result 16:00 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Balthazar King 4/1
2nd 13 Any Currency s.h 10/1
3rd 3 Big Shu 3 3/1f
4th 10 Duke Of Lucca 5 25/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 20P-111
Red, Royal Blue stars, hooped sleeves and star on cap Balthazar King (IRE) 117
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 20P-111
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
10 166 11-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 150 4/1
2 PFP-2P0
Purple, Yellow chevron and cap Uncle Junior (IRE) 38
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:Mr P W Mullins
  • Form: PFP-2P0
  • Age: 13
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
13 164 11-10 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 148 25/1
3 74211-2
Red and white (halved), emerald green sleeves, white cap Big Shu (IRE) 38
  • T:Peter Maher
  • J:P Carberry
  • Form: 74211-2
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-9t
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
9 163 11-9 t Peter Maher P Carberry 147 3/1f
4 0PU-203
Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 45
  • T:E Bolger
  • J:M P Walsh
  • Form: 0PU-203
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 146
  • Naps:
9 162 11-8 E Bolger M P Walsh 146 16/1
5 631U31
PURPLE and ORANGE HALVED, sleeves reversed, striped cap Love Rory (IRE) 38
  • T:E Bolger
  • J:A P Heskin
  • Form: 631U31
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 E Bolger A P Heskin 145 10/1
6 2P-41PP
Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Hey Big Spender (IRE) 60
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 2P-41PP
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
11 161 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 145 33/1
7 293-961
PINK and BLACK stripes, diabolo on sleeves Sire Collonges (FR) 89
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 293-961
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7p
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 p P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 145 9/1
8 51-12U5
Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Australia (IRE) 24
  • T:H De Bromhead
  • J:A E Lynch
  • Form: 51-12U5
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-13p
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
12 153 10-13 p H De Bromhead A E Lynch 137 20/1
9 1U-644F
Purple, Light Blue cross belts and sleeves Bishopsfurze (IRE) 38
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:D J Casey
  • Form: 1U-644F
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
9 152 10-12 W P Mullins D J Casey 136 14/1
10 67-6026
RED, BLACK star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, BLACK star Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 89
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 67-6026
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-10bt
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
9 150 10-10 bt P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 134 25/1
11 50F-293
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 38
  • T:E Bolger
  • J:R P Mclernon
  • Form: 50F-293
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-9p
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
10 149 10-9 p E Bolger R P Mclernon 133 25/1
12 PF-434F
White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 62
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: PF-434F
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-9t1
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
11 149 10-9 t1 Nick Williams D A Jacob 133 20/1
13 0-P5325
Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 60
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Ian Popham
  • Form: 0-P5325
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
11 148 10-8 M Keighley Ian Popham 132 10/1
14 74-2144
WHITE, royal blue stars, red cap A Stray Shot (IRE) 38
  • T:G M O'Neill
  • J:Ms K Walsh
  • Form: 74-2144
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
7 147 10-7 G M O'Neill Ms K Walsh 131 25/1
15 P357PP
MAROON, purple sleeves, maroon cap, purple diamonds Sin Palo (IRE) 75
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:P Townend
  • Form: P357PP
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
10 147 10-7 W P Mullins P Townend 131 66/1
16 536P3-3
YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Star Neuville (FR) 18
  • T:E Bolger
  • J:D E Mullins
  • Form: 536P3-3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
8 146 10-6 E Bolger D E Mullins 130 7/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Big Shu (IRE)
  • T:Peter Maher
  • J:B M Cash
8 10-5 Peter Maher B M Cash 14/1
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In depth

Verdict

Balthazar King loves the challenge of these cross-country fences and has now won six times around here, including this contest in 2012. He was last seen beating Uncle Junior by a length over track and trip in November, though the runner-up is a couple of pounds better off today and has also won here in the past. Last year's winner Big Shu has 11lb more to carry this season but made a promising reappearance behind Love Rory at Punchestown and there shouldn't be much between the pair of today's terms. Sizing Australia, the winner in 2011, lines up again and Any Currency was a bit unlucky when beaten half-a-length by Sire Collonges over course and distance in December and should be thereabouts again. Hey Big Spender, Duke Of Lucca and Diamond Harry all have ability but Enda Bolger's runners in this are always worth a second look. As well as Love Rory, he saddles Quantitativeeasing, Quiscover Fontaine and STAR NEUVILLE. The latter looks very well treated and can be a fifth winner in 10 years for the stable.

Formwatch

Balthazar King (IRE) 5-4fav (11-8) Prominent, blundered 3rd, joined leader 10th, led 12th, made most after, hard pressed last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 3m 7f crs cntry chs (5yo+) (2) gd in Nov beating Uncle Junior (11-8) by 1l, 11 ran.

Any Currency (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Prominent, reminder 8th, pecked next, soon ridden along, one pace and no impression after 3 out, 5th of 15, 15l behind Shotgun Paddy (11-7) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan.

Big Shu (IRE) 10-3 (12-0) Mid-division, closer at 14th, 4th at next, ridden in 3rd before last, 2nd last, kept on without reaching winner, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.

Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, mistake 4 out, one pace when mistake 2 out, 6th of 9, 22l behind Monbeg Dude (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.

Sizing Australia (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, progress to lead 5th, joined approaching straight and headed after 3 out, soon ridden and no extra in 5th before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 12l behind Court Jester (10-8) at Navan 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) hvy in Feb.

A Stray Shot (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, progress into 5th after 3 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, under pressure in 5th before last, 4th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 6l behind Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.

Uncle Junior (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Towards rear, mistake 8th, no impression before 3 out, never a factor, 10th of 18, 33l behind Folsom Blue (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade C) (5yo+) hvy in Feb.

Sire Collonges (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Led 2nd, headed 17th, led 19th, headed 11 out, outpaced 5 out, rallied approaching last, led flat, held on, won at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gd in Dec beating Any Currency (10-12) by 1/2l, 13 ran.

Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 12-1 (10-11) Held up, closer in 8th at 15th, progress in 5th 3 out, soon challenged, ridden in 2nd before last, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb.

Love Rory (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Chased leaders, closer at 14th, 3rd at 15th, improved to lead 5 out, challenged after 3 out, ridden and kept on well from before last, won at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb beating Big Shu (12-0) by 2 1/4l, 16 ran.

Hey Big Spender (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) In rear, mistake 5th, behind next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Shotgun Paddy (11-7) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan, 15 ran.

Star Neuville (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 7th on outer 3 out, ridden in 4th on outer 2 out, no extra in 3rd when slight mistake at last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Valmy Baie (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.

Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 5-4 (11-9) Rr of mid div, 6l 5th 1/2way, mstk 6out, 5l 4th 5out, 6l 4th 3out, nvr nrr, ko one pce last, just take 3rd at line, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Burren River (10-13) at Nenagh 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan.

Bishopsfurze (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Chased leaders, led 5th, fell 14th, in a race won by Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.

Diamond Harry 8-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 15th, went 2nd before next, a close 2nd and every chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Sun Cloud (11-0) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.

Sin Palo (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, 6th early, lost place 6 out, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec, 28 ran.