StanJames.com International Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 1f

  • (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £74,035 2nd £27,781 3rd £13,910 4th £6,929 5th £3,484 6th £1,742
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 6.70s
  • Off time: 15:01:59
Full result
Result 15:00 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 The New One 2/5f
2nd 2 Zarkandar 6 5/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 11212-1
Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star The New One (IRE) 55
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 11212-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 167
  • Naps:
5 162 11-8 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 167 2/5f
2 11141-2
Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 21
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 11141-2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-8b
  • OR: 167
  • Naps:
6 162 11-8 b P F Nicholls D A Jacob 167 5/2
3 P4-F111
Red, grey seams, checked sleeves, red cap Albert Hall (USA) 10
  • T:A Chaille-Chaille
  • J:M Carroux
  • Form: P4-F111
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-4ht
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
8 158 11-4 ht A Chaille-Chaille M Carroux 133 40/1
4 3411-87
Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Court Minstrel (IRE) 27
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 3411-87
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 149
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 149 16/1
5 62881S
Green, orange sash, hooped sleeves, striped cap Hawkhill (IRE) 21
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 62881S
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4vt
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 vt Tim Vaughan R Johnson 132 100/1
6 2/6-2110
Maroon, yellow hooped sleeves, yellow cap Seabreeze D'ho (FR) 27
  • T:C Le Galliard
  • J:D Cottin
  • Form: 2/6-2110
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4t1
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 t1 C Le Galliard D Cottin 140 40/1
7 116-061
Yellow, black hoops, striped sleeves, red cap Jumps Road 9
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:Brendan Powell
  • Form: 116-061
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 131 100/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Zarkandar (IRE)
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
5 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 6/5
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In depth

Verdict

Zarkandar won this last year but was receiving weight from his two market rivals. The boot is on the other foot this year, though he did beat THE NEW ONE over 2m4f in the Aintree Hurdle in April and ran well at the weights when second to Annie Power on his reappearance. Nigel Twiston-Davies believes his charge has grown and improved over the summer, however, and he certainly have that impression when readily bounding clear of former champion Rock On Ruby at Kempton in October - he can win again. French raider Albert Hall has been on a remarkable run, winning three times over hurdles and twice on the Flat since the beginning of August. But he was pulled up in a handicap on his only previous start in the UK. Fellow Gallic challenger Seabreeze D'ho also appears to have it all to do while Court Minstrel has been well below par so far this term, though has a much higher rating than both Hawkhill and Jumps Road.

Formwatch

The New One (IRE) 1-2fav (11-8) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 4 out, quickened to lead 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Kempton 2m Listed hdl (1) gs in Oct beating Rock On Ruby (11-8) by 10l, 4 ran.

Zarkandar (IRE) 15-8 (11-8) Tracked leader, led briefly after 1st, led again approaching 5th, joined 2 out, stayed on well, headed last, soon driven, no extra final 150 yards, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Annie Power (10-11) at Ascot 2m 3f hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov.

Jumps Road 7-2 (11-11) Led until 2nd, pressed leader, led again well before 2 out, soon clear, joined last, strongly pressed flat, battled on gamely under pressure and in command final 75 yards, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd beating Prompter (11-9) by 1l, 9 ran.

Court Minstrel (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, hampered 4th, headway after 3 out, disputing 6th last, stayed on same pace, not able to get on terms, 7th of 18, 8l behind Dell' Arca (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Nov.

Albert Hall (USA) (10-12) won at Enghien(FR) 2m 3f lstd hcp hdl sft in Oct beating Rocketir (11-4) by 1l, 16 ran.

Hawkhill (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, blunderd 4 out, soon weakened, towards rear when slipped up on bend approaching 3 out, in a race won by Moujik Borget (11-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov, 12 ran.

Seabreeze D'ho (FR) 5-1 (10-5) 10th of 13, well behind Rhialco (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f Grd 2 hdl gd in Nov.