Cheltenham 2014 NRFB At BetVictor.com Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 4, 6 runners)
- Winner £3,314 2nd £973 3rd £487 4th £243
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 17.95s
- Off time: 14:18:21
|1st||6 Plus Jamais||9/4f|
|2nd||2 Rhymers Stone||7||3/1|
Glenconkeyne (IRE) 11
|7||166 11-12 t||N C Kelly||D R Fox (5)||120||10/1|
Rhymers Stone 37
|6||154 11-0 p||Miss Lucinda V Russell||Craig Nichol (7)||108||3/1|
Shanroe Society (IRE) 27
|8||154 11-0||J J Lambe||A P McCoy||108||5/2|
|9||153 10-13 p||Mrs Dianne Sayer||Ryan Mania||107||20/1|
Gunner Lindley (IRE) 50
|7||151 10-11||W Coltherd||Daragh Bourke (7)||105||8/1|
Plus Jamais (FR) 29
|7||148 10-8||J S Goldie||B Hughes||102||9/4f|
||6||104||P Griffin||J Reveley||98||NR|
||8||104||S Wilson||R P McLernon||98||NR|
Court Jester was third in a conditionals' handicap at Down Royal on his latest outing and heads a strong Irish challenge which includes Glenconkeyne, Shanroe Society and Sudski Star. Gunner Lindley won on the Flat at Leopardstown in October for Denis Hogan but was well beaten when made favourite on his first start for Stuart Coltherd at Kelso last month and has a bit to prove now. PLUS JAMAIS is still a maiden and has only managed one place in nine starts under Rules but there was a lot more promise in his latest run at Kelso, where he was given plenty to do having been well backed. Eased a further 3lb since, this may be his chance to shine. Rhymers Stone won at Newcastle last month but is unreliable and Endeavor may still be a few pounds too high.
Sudski Star (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 30l behind Rockabilly Riot (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Court Jester (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Held up, progress into 7th 3 out, ridden into 5th 2 out, 4th last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Royal Flight (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
Plus Jamais (FR) 5-1 (10-8) Towards rear, ridden approaching 4th, not fluent and well beaten next, stayed on from over 1f out, no chance with leaders, 6th of 11, 15l behind Ubaltique (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Rhymers Stone 9-2fav (11-4) Tracked leader, led 4 out, driven and hard pressed from next, ridden last, held on gamely flat, won at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Lysino (11-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Endeavor 33-1 (9-12) Prominent early, soon in rear, pushed along 5 out, tailed off after 4 out, last of 9, 43l behind Clever Cookie (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Shanroe Society (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden 3 out, soon no impression, never a factor, 10th of 14, 43l behind Westerners Son (11-3) at Punchestown 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Glenconkeyne (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3 out where slight mistake and ridden, no extra before straight, 8th of 12, 15l behind Sherika (10-5) at Thurles 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Gunner Lindley (IRE) 5-2fav (10-2) Close up, ridden and hit 2 out, soon weakened, hampered last, 9th of 13, 46l behind Bogside (11-0) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.