Cheltenham 2014 NRFB At BetVictor.com Handicap 6f
- (4yo+, 6f, Class 4, 10 runners)
- Winner £5,175 2nd £1,540 3rd £770 4th £385
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 1m 11.42s
- Off time: 19:01:12
|2nd||4 Absolutely So||nk||11/8f|
|3rd||5 Palace Moon||1½||8/1|
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 20
|7||133 9-7||R M H Cowell||A Kirby||85||11/2|
Fat Gary 13
|4||132 9-6 p||Tom Dascombe||R Kingscote||84||7/1|
Bainne (IRE) 169
|4||132 9-6||J Gask||S M Levey||84||33/1|
Absolutely So (IRE) 26
|4||131 9-5||A M Balding||David Probert||83||11/8f|
Palace Moon 26
|9||130 9-4 t||W J Knight||Jim Crowley||82||8/1|
Jay Bee Blue 20
|5||127 9-1 bt||S Curran||J P Fahy||79||33/1|
Secret Beau 23
|4||126 9-0 b1||P D Evans||E J Walsh (5)||78||16/1|
Top Cop 133
|5||125 8-13||R Harris||D C Byrne (5)||77||33/1|
Discussiontofollow (IRE) 45
|4||124 8-12||M Murphy||S W Kelly||76||7/2|
Captain Kendall (IRE) 35
|5||120 8-8||H Chisman||C Catlin||72||33/1|
||6||811 v1||R A Fahey||Barry McHugh||75||NR|
||4||8-7||S Dixon||L Morris||10/1|
Absolutely So made a winning handicap debut at Lingfield last month but beat Palace Moon only a head and that pair are hard to separate. Discussiontofollow also scored on his handicap bow at Wolverhampton when beating subsequent winner Lexi's Hero and they're another closely matched pair here. Three times a winner in Ireland, Bainne has her first start since August and makes her debut for a new yard, while Fat Gary is weighted to run Lexi's Hero close on earlier form. ANGEL'S PURSUIT was having his first outing since July when beaten a head at Wolverhampton on his debut for Robert Cowell and he gets the vote to go one better in this similar company.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 3-1fav (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon recovered and led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Light From Mars (8-13) by hd, 7 ran.
Discussiontofollow (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Keen early in touch, headway on outer entering final 2f, edged left and led inside final furlong, readily, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Lexi's Hero (8-9) by 1l, 13 ran.
Absolutely So (IRE) 11-4fav (8-13) Close up when not much room soon after start, soon towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, led final strides, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Palace Moon (9-0) by hd, 10 ran.
Palace Moon 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Absolutely So (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Fat Gary 3-1fav (9-4) Led over 1f, chased leader until over 3f out, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Lexi's Hero (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort on outside and edged left over 1f out, led insid efinal furlong, edged left and headed well inside final furlong, rallied close home, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Burren View Lady (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Top Cop 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, soon every chance, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Brocklebank (9-5) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Jay Bee Blue 12-1 (8-7) Held up in last pair, ridden and no impression well over 1f out, soon beaten, hung left inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 14l behind Apostle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Captain Kendall (IRE) 100-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 5l behind Mont Ras (9-4) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Dec.
Secret Beau 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Oblitereight (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Bainne (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) In rear, progress into 9th 2f out, good headway on outer into 5th 1f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Sligo 6f hcp in Aug beating Jumbo Steps (8-7) by 3/4l, 13 ran.