BetVictor NonRunner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 6, 8 runners)
- Winner £1,941 2nd £578 3rd £289 4th £144
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 3m 38.86s
- Off time: 18:50:57
|1st||5 Newtown Cross||14/1|
|3rd||8 Ocean Power||¾||8/1|
|7||138 9-12||K A Morgan||J Quinn||60||10/1|
|5||138 9-12||C Gordon||A Kirby||60||5/1|
Bold Adventure 35
|10||136 9-10||W J Musson||J Mackay||58||8/1|
Boston Blue 22
|7||134 9-8||A W Carroll||Jim Crowley||56||3/1f|
Newtown Cross (IRE) 108
|4||121 8-9||J C Fox||Cameron Hardie (7)||50||14/1|
Rowlestone Lass 11
|4||121 8-9 h||R J Price||S W Kelly||50||9/2|
Azabitmour (FR) 8
|4||120 8-8||J R Best||Martin Lane||49||13/2|
Ocean Power (IRE) 11
|4||117 8-5||R T Phillips||L Morris||46||8/1|
Superciliary, Bold Adventure and Boston Blue are similar in that they've all won over track and trip and are fit from hurdling. It would be no surprise to see any of that trio in the mix off their current marks. But a chance is taken on ROWLESTONE LASS as she's a half-sister to a couple of winners over hurdles so today's longer distance should be no problem after her latest third over 1m4f at this track. Azabitmour is another stepping up in trip having tumbled 15lb down the weights since last summer and he could prove best of the remainder.
Newtown Cross (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, raced center over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 8, 18l behind Ronaldinho (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Azabitmour (FR) 33-1 (8-11) Very reluctant to leave stalls and lost many lengths, some headway to latch on to rear over 6f out, struggling over 4f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 22l behind Eye Of The Tiger (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ocean Power (IRE) 9-1 (8-1) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 8l behind The Ginger Berry (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Boston Blue 14-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, well beaten over 2f out, 12th of 13, well behind Mr Burbidge (10-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Bold Adventure 9-2 (9-2) Steadied start, held up last, driven and headway on outside when slightly hampered over 2f out, hung right after, stayed on to 4th final 100 yards, eased when held towards finish, 4th of 10, 6l behind Barachiel (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Rowlestone Lass 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to chase leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Reality Show (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Superciliary 25-1 (9-0) Went left start, chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 12, 46l behind One Pursuit (9-9) at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) hvy in Oct.
Isdaal 20-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, some headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Pereira (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.