galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198 5th £1,608 6th £804
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 28.70s
  • Off time: 15:38:28
Full result
Result 15:35 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Knockara Beau 66/1
2nd 3 At Fishers Cross s.h 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 11111/1-
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 420
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 11111/1-
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 174
  • Naps:
11 162 11-8 P F Nicholls S Twiston-Davies 174 6/5f
2 42-0131
White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve de Sivola (FR) 35
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 42-0131
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 162
  • Naps:
9 162 11-8 Nick Williams R Johnson 162 11/4
3 1111-4U
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 35
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 1111-4U
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4p1
  • OR: 160
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 p1 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 160 5/1
4 2/11FF-1
Beige and Black (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 25
  • T:W P Mullins
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 2/11FF-1
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
9 158 11-4 W P Mullins B J Geraghty 150 9/2
5 UP-5125
Tan, Black and Green hooped sleeves, Black cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 43
  • T:G A Charlton
  • J:Jan Faltejsek
  • Form: UP-5125
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
11 154 11-0 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 145 66/1
6 F8P-5P2
Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 24
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: F8P-5P2
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-0b
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
10 154 11-0 b Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 147 33/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Reve de Sivola (FR)
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:R Johnson
8 11-8 Nick Williams R Johnson 15/8
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In depth

Verdict

It will be all systems go for yet another World Hurdle if BIG BUCK'S comes through this unscathed. Paul Nicholls' stayer has been patiently nursed back to health and, though this will be the 11-year-old's first run since beating Reve De Sivola by nine lengths in the 2012 Long Walk Hurdle, defeat is unlikely. Reve De Sivola has been cashing in while the champion has been away, winning last month's Long Walk at Ascot where At Fishers Cross was a beaten horse when crashing out at the last. The latter has much to prove now. Boston Bob's chase career stalled last spring but he made a winning return over hurdles and may be kept to the smaller obstacles for the time being. He makes more appeal than Knockara Beau and Quartz de Thaix, also better known as chasers.

Formwatch

Knockara Beau (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Led, headed 10th, mistake and lost place 14th, soon behind, stayed on flat, no impression, 5th of 9, 21l behind Monbeg Dude (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.

At Fishers Cross (IRE) 8-11fav (11-7) Tracked leading pair, closer order to dispute 2nd when hit 3 out, 2nd soon after, closed approaching 2 out, ridden and no impression between last 2, well held when blundered badly and unseated rider last, in a race won by Reve De Sivola (11-7) at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec, 5 ran.

Big Buck's (FR) Evens2fav (11-8) Made most, cantered clear on bit from 2 out, effortless, won at Newbury 3m hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec '12 beating Reve De Sivola (11-0) by 9l, 4 ran.

Reve de Sivola (FR) 9-4 (11-7) Made all, hit 5th, not fluent 8th, clear 3 out, reduced lead and hit 2 out, clear again and in command between last 2, left further clear at the last, won at Ascot 3m 1f hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec beating Salubrious (11-7) by 10l, 5 ran.

Quartz de Thaix (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leader from 2nd, not fluent 3rd, led before 5th, headed when not fluent next, led 7th, headed and switched left before last, led again flat, headed final 150 yards, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Return Spring (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) sft.

Boston Bob (IRE) 8-11fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 4 out, improved into 2nd travelling well entering straight, led at last, stayed on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Dec beating Un Beau Matin (11-12) by 10l, 7 ran.