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: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 29.40s
  • Off time: 15:09:11
Full result
Result 15:05 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Zarkandar 6/5f
2nd 1 Grandouet 2 5/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 3B/1F11-
Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 371
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 3B/1F11-
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 166
  • Naps:
5 162 11-8 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 166 5/2
2 23/1213-
Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 245
  • T:H Fry
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 23/1213-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8t
  • OR: 170
  • Naps:
7 162 11-8 t H Fry N Fehily 170 5/2
3 11/15F-1
Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 35
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 11/15F-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 168
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 168 6/5f
4 081-R30
LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Mad Moose (IRE) 21
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 081-R30
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0b
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 b N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 139 66/1
5 U2776-P
Light Blue, Orange epaulets, white cap Minella Theatre (IRE) 7
  • T:Mrs L Hill
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: U2776-P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-0t
  • OR: 111
  • Naps:
9 154 11-0 t Mrs L Hill A Thornton 111 150/1
6 572393
BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots One Cool Shabra (IRE) 14
  • T:P O Brady
  • J:R P Treacy
  • Form: 572393
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0p
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 p P O Brady R P Treacy 129 33/1
7 674225
BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Red Riverman 49
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:D Crosse
  • Form: 674225
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 120
  • Naps:
4 154 11-0 N A Twiston-Davies D Crosse 120 100/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Grandouet (FR)
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
4 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 5/2
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In depth

Verdict

ZARKANDAR was beaten almost seven lengths behind Rock On Ruby in last season's Champion Hurdle but made an impressive return to action when conceding weight all round in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton. Still only a five-year-old, he may well have improved over the summer and can take his revenge on Harry Fry's stable star, who is conceding 4lb here and hasn't run since April being a late withdrawal from the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on account of the heavy ground. He will be a force to be reckoned with again this term but may just need this. Grandouet also returns from a break and wasn't quite the equal of the selection as a four-year-old. However, he beat Overturn in this 12 months ago and that is smart form. The others have a mountain to climb at the weights against the big three in this.

Formwatch

Zarkandar (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Pressed leader, led 2 out, shaken up and headed last, soon led again, driven flat, held on, won at Wincanton 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov beating Prospect Wells (10-7) by nk, 7 ran.

Grandouet (FR) 5-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, switched outside and headway 2 out, challenged going well last, led flat, ridden clear final 100 yards, won at Cheltenham 2m 1f hdl G2 (1) gd in Dec '11 beating Overturn (11-8) by 4l, 8 ran.

Rock On Ruby (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Led, ridden and joined 2 out, headed approaching last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Oscar Whisky (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.

Mad Moose (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, blundered badly 4th, never dangerous, 12th of 16, well behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.

Minella Theatre (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, lost place before 14th (foinavon), tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hello Bud (10-0) at Aintree 3m 2f Listed hcp chs (1) hvy, 16 ran.

One Cool Shabra (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, no extra in 3rd after 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Midnight Game (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft.

Red Riverman 33-1 (11-0) Held up in last trio, some headway 7th, struggling before next, never involved, 5th of 9, 16l behind Wonderful Charm (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Oct.