Dornan Engineering Hurdle 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 2, 3 runners)
  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155 5th £578 6th £290
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 28.20s
  • Off time: 15:05:33

Full Result

15:05 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Annie Power (IRE) W P Mullins 6 11-5 R Walsh 2/5f
SP 2/5f Tracked leader, led 2 out, shaken up and easily drew clear final 150 yards £3000-£6750 £2000-£4500 £800-£1800
2nd 8 1 Zarkandar (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-12 D A Jacob 2/1
SP 2/1 Tracked leaders, niggled along after 3 out, went 2nd after next, challenging when not fluent last, ridden and no impression final 150 yards opened 9/4
3rd 37 3 Empire Levant (USA) P F Nicholls 7 11-4 Nick Scholfield 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, mistake and headed 2 out, weakened approaching last

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.40 Straight Forecast £1.61 Exacta £1.20 Trifecta £1.10

Jackpot £4,612.10, Pool: £74704.28, 11.5 winning tickets
Placepot £1,147.10, Pool: £148329.64, 94.39 winning tickets
Quadpot £6.40, Pool: £16104.51, 1846.3 winning tickets


This contest cut up badly from a fascinating five day entry but racegoers were still able to see the unbeaten ANNIE POWER take another step forwards in her career; she has now won all nine starts and remains firmly in the 'could be anything' category but the question is not only about how good she is but also where she will race. Her stable houses Hurricane Fly and Quevega and other luminaries of the game but it's to be hoped that she is given the chance to shine rather than having her campaign dictated by the running plans of her stablemates who, after all, are in different ownership. She had made relatively hard work of beating Zarkandar on favourable terms at Ascot and last season's Champion Hurdle fourth could reasonably have been expected to put up more of a fight on 4lb better terms and with that run under his belt. The mare, however, extended the winning distance and had any amount up her sleeve. Zarkandar had crossed swords with The New One (where he had been re-fitted with blinkers) since Ascot but he'd had sufficient time to recover from those exertions and simply wasn't able to live with the mare. He may not be the easiest to place in the short-term but has long looked worth a try over three miles and that could open up some options. Empire Levant was out of his depth and has done most of his racing on better ground. He hasn't shown a lot in two starts over hurdles this season but won well enough on his chase debut last spring before taking a heavy fall on his second start and it will be interesting to see if there's any confidence behind him when (if) he returns to that sphere.