BetVictor Cheltenham Festival Antepost Pioneers Handicap 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 5, 11 runners)
- Winner £2,588 2nd £770 3rd £385 4th £192
- Going: Standard/Slow
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 3m 29.13s
- Off time: 18:05:06
|2nd||11 Bold Adventure||s.h||10/1|
|3rd||6 The Absent Mare||hd||7/1|
Sherman McCoy 20
|7||140 10-0||D Kubler||William Twiston-Davies (5)||70||6/1|
Buckie Boy (IRE) 17
|7||140 10-0||N J Henderson||E Ahern||70||12/1|
Ginger Fizz 36
|6||139 9-13||B I Case||Jim Crowley||69||4/1|
Honourable Knight (IRE) 15
|5||139 9-13||M D I Usher||G Baker||69||7/2f|
Native Colony 23
|5||136 9-10||N B King||Hayley Turner||66||20/1|
The Absent Mare 26
|5||136 9-10||R Dickin||L Morris||66||7/1|
Dr Finley (IRE) 81
|6||135 9-9||Mrs L Pearce||Simon Pearce (3)||65||33/1|
Rocky Rebel 14
|5||134 9-8 b||C C Bealby||L P Keniry||64||14/1|
|7||131 9-5 v||M Appleby||William Carson||61||8/1|
|11||128 9-2||Miss O Olivia Maylam||I Mongan||58||10/1|
Bold Adventure 16
|9||126 9-0||W J Musson||J Mackay||56||10/1|
||4||813||P Phelan||I Mongan||62||NR|
Sherman McCoy went close over a shorter trip last time but had earlier finished well behind GINGER FIZZ when the latter went close over today's distance at Lingfield. Lightly-raced, Ben Case's mare can land this on only her fifth start on the Flat. Dangers abound as The Absent Mare was not far behind the selection in fourth place while Coup De Grace beat Bold Adventure over course and distance last time and the latter subsequently boosted the form with a victory at Wolverhampton. Recent Lingfield winner Honourable Knight is yet another to consider in a competitive affair.
Coup De Grace (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Held up in mid-division, good headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, came clear inside final furlong, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Bold Adventure (9-4) by 4l, 13 ran.
Llamadas 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, hampered and lost place over 2f out, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Entitlement (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Bold Adventure Evensfav (9-4) Held up last, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, eased close home, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Destiny Awaits (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
The Absent Mare 7-2 (9-5) In touch, hard driven over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Six Of Clubs (9-7) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Dr Finley (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Prominent in chasing group, driven over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 10l behind Jawaab (9-9) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Ginger Fizz 10-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Nashville (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Rocky Rebel 33-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, switched left over 2f out, soon ridden, some headway over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, never nearer, 6th of 9, 6l behind Entitlement (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Native Colony 22-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden and headway over 2f out on outer, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Bowdler's Magic (9-7) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Buckie Boy (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, no impression when hung right from inside final 2f, 6th of 10, 7l behind George Adamson (10-0) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug '10.
Sherman McCoy 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, led 2f out, edged right over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Sohcahtoa (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Where's Susie (9-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Reaction 5-2fav (8-11) In touch in 4th, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Sohcahtoa (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.