Forbra Gold Challenge Cup (Handicap Chase) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 3, 9 runners)
  • Winner £9,495 2nd £2,805 3rd £1,402 4th £702 5th £351
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 4.10s
  • Off time: 15:30:16
Full result
Result 15:30 Ludlow
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Ballyoliver 13/2
2nd 6 Grove Pride 1 7/2f
3rd 7 Politeo 12 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 PP/21P-P
Purple, Yellow cross belts, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Zarrafakt (IRE) 110
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:Mr D F Bourke
  • Form: PP/21P-P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 Miss E C Lavelle Mr D F Bourke (7) 140 17/2
2 7/F2PP-4
Black, White hoop and sleeves, hooped cap Pearlysteps 18
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 7/F2PP-4
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
10 164 11-10 H D Daly Jake Greenall (3) 138 8/1
3 5F3561
White, maroon hoop, sleeves and cap Buck Mulligan 107
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 5F3561
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
8 158 11-4 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 132 13/2
4 3F5434
Royal Blue, Yellow chevron, striped sleeves, Yellow cap Cootehill (IRE) 22
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 3F5434
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
9 156 11-2 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 130 14/1
5 44341F
Yellow, Dark Green star, hooped sleeves, quartered cap The Chazer (IRE) 12
  • T:R Lee
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 44341F
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 R Lee J E Moore 128 16/1
6 1P2-14P
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Grove Pride 64
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 1P2-14P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 H D Daly R Johnson 128 7/2f
7 23-0341
Maroon, white stars, maroon sleeves, maroon cap, white star Politeo (FR) 28
  • T:Nick Williams
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 23-0341
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12
  • OR: 126
  • Naps:
7 152 10-12 Nick Williams N Fehily 126 5/1
8 1-21235
Light Blue and Maroon diabolo, hooped sleeves, Maroon cap Ballyoliver 29
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: 1-21235
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
9 150 10-10 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 124 13/2
9 3/FP0-4P
Pink, pink and white quartered cap Requin (FR) 60
  • T:V R A Dartnall
  • J:Jack Doyle
  • Form: 3/FP0-4P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-10p
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
8 150 10-10 p V R A Dartnall Jack Doyle 124 8/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Drumbaloo (IRE)
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
8 11-1 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 13/2
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In depth

Verdict

Politeo took advantage of a tumbling mark at Wincanton four weeks ago but has been raised 8lb for that success, which might be enough to prevent a follow-up. Zarrafakt, Grove Pride and Requin were all pulled up last time but would have a chance on their best form and Ballyoliver is better than he showed at Leicester last month. Cootehill may appreciate the return to 3m but The Chazer tackles the longer trip for the first time and Pearlysteps looks harshly treated on what he's achieved. BUCK MULLIGAN is another probably better over shorter distances but this sharp track will help him get home and he was much more like his old self when successful at Sedgefield back in November. He goes well fresh and can add to his tally here.

Formwatch

Ballyoliver 5-1 (10-13) Held up, jumped left and not fluent 5th, headway after 7th, not fluent 9th, mistake 13th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 29l behind Buddy Bolero (11-3) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.

Grove Pride 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, mistake and dropped towards rear 4th, struggling 7th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Rajdhani Express (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.

Politeo (FR) 11-2 (10-8) Mid-division, hampered 4th, headway approaching 6th, ridden after 10th, rallied after 3 out, switched right just before 2 out, led going to last where not fluent, ridden clear, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan beating Milarrow (10-8) by 8l, 8 ran.

Pearlysteps 16-1 (11-0) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 5th, hit 12th, challenged 4 out, lost 2nd approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 22l behind Harry Topper (11-7) at Exeter 3m grd chs (5yo+) (2) hvy.

Cootehill (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up, hit 2nd, ridden 11th, in touch next, mistake and weakened 4 out, 4th of 8, well behind Grandioso (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft.

The Chazer (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Chased leader, close up when fell 5th, in a race won by Cloudy Too (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) hvy, 7 ran.

Requin (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway and in touch halfway, outpaced 3 out (usual 4 out), soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by No Secrets (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.

Zarrafakt (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mistakes in rear, behind 14th, pulled up before next, in a race won by The Package (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov, 12 ran.

Buck Mulligan 11-4fav (11-6) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, mistake next, closed when not fluent 7th, not fluent 9th, went 2nd after 3 out, led last, edged left towards finish, held on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov beating No Planning (11-2) by nk, 9 ran.