E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 1f

  • (4-6yo, 2m 1f, Class 3, 16 runners)
  • Winner £6,262 2nd £1,850 3rd £925 4th £463 5th £231 6th £116
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 5.50s
  • Off time: 15:46:41

Full Result

15:35 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 8 Prince Of Pirates (IRE) N J Henderson 5 10-12 A P McCoy 5/2
SP 5/2 Held up in 3rd, tracked leader before 3 out, 3 lengths 2nd when left in clear lead next to before last, shaken up when pressed flat, driven clear final 75 yards opened 2/1 £1000-£400 £900-£400
2nd 10 Robin De Creuse (FR) P J Hobbs 4 10-12 R Johnson 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division on inside, headway 2 out, went 2nd and closed on winner before last, ridden and every chance flat, no extra final 75 yards
3rd 11 15 Thoresby (IRE) B I Case 4 10-12 D A Jacob 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, headway after 3 out, chased winner after next to before last, kept on same pace, no chance with leading pair flat
4th 12 5 Master Beau G A Charlton 6 10-12 Jan Faltejsek 20/1
SP 20/1 Chased leaders, driven and effort between last 2, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression
5th 9 Richmond (FR) Ian Williams 5 10-12 D C Costello 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, outpaced when hampered by loose horse 2 out, never on terms opened 33/1
6th 6 11 Robin Will (FR) P F Nicholls 5 10-12 Nick Scholfield 80/1
SP 80/1 Behind, kept on under poressure approaching last, never near leaders opened 100/1
7th 4 16 Madame Jasmine Miss S Smith 5 10-5 C Bolger 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, no impression from next
8th 7 3 Ebony Diamond (IRE) C J Mann 6 10-12 Paul Moloney 66/1
SP 66/1 Held up behind, headway when mistake 3 out, chased leaders on outside when hampered next, weakened before last opened 50/1
9th 4 4 Fun Guy R H Buckler 5 10-12 A Glassonbury 66/1
SP 66/1 Tracked leader to before 3 out, weakened next opened 100/1
10th 7 Pere Blanc (IRE) D W P Arbuthnot 5 10-12 Timmy Murphy 33/1
SP 33/1 Always behind opened 40/1
11th 7 2 Drumlang (IRE) Miss H C Knight 4 10-12 Hadden Frost 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division in touch, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened
12th 18 14 Tanwood Boy (FR) Miss V Williams 6 10-12 Aidan Coleman 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, weakened next
13th dist 13 Running Upthathill (IRE) Miss V Williams 6 10-12 S Thomas (7) 100/1
SP 100/1 Always behind, tailed off 2 out
14th 6 Master Milan (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 4 10-12 D Elsworth 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, lost place 4th, behind from 3 out opened 80/1
F 1 Al Ferof (FR) P F Nicholls 5 10-12 N Fehily 4/7f
SP 4/7f Led, 3 lengths clear and going well when fell 2 out opened 5/6 £2000-£2500 £800-£1100 £800-£1300(x2)
F 12 Roper (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 5 10-12 R P Mclernon (3) 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, in touch after 1st, mistake 4th, left 2nd briefly 2 out, soon outpaced, 5th and beaten when fell last

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.30 Tote Place £1.30 £4.30 £18.20 Straight Forecast £62.74 Exacta £76.20 Trifecta £1,036.90 Swingers 1&2 £9.20, 2&3 £92.10, 1&3 £57.20

Jackpot £5,655.30 carried forward to Cheltenham, 11th Dec
Placepot £104.80, Pool: £186960.9, 1301.38 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.10, Pool: £13400.84, 699.15 winning tickets

Analysis

This race has a rich history of winners in the past that has included the likes of Rhinestone Cowboy, Tidal Bay and General Miller so there was plenty of reason to believe that we could see something special coming out of it. Al Ferof was backed as if defeat were out of the question and when allowed a soft lead, it seemed likely that the favourite backers would be collecting. However, having jinked sharply at the fourth flight, Paul Nicholls grey made a real hash of the second last and took a heavy fall. Both rider and horse were reported fine afterwards. Prince Of Pirates, who has the scope to make a chaser, was left with an obvious opportunity to collect and he did not disappoint. Already making headway before the departure of the favourite, he was left in front and when shaken up after the last, completed in the style of a horse that had plenty in hand. Robin De Creuse briefly threatened the winner and may have given him a little more to think about had he not made a small error at the last. A breathing operation appears to have been successful and he should be winning soon. Thoresby kept on into third place though was a respectable distance behind the front two. Master Beau, who is a heavy chasing sort, was fourth. Richmond was the eyecatcher of the race. He was almost brought to a standstill in the trouble than ensued behind the stricken favourite and it is to his credit that he ran on into fifth. It would be no surprise to see Ian Williams step him up significantly in trip following this effort. Ebony Diamond also met with significant interference when making his run so his finishing position is best ignored. Roper took a heavy fall when tiring whilst Robin Will probably needs more time