Ryman The Stationer Novices' Chase 3m 1f 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 2, 5 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 31.00s
  • Off time: 12:45:30

Full Result

12:45 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Join Together (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-9 R Walsh 3/1
SP 3/1 Disputed lead, clear leader 5 out, joined again next, stayed on well approaching last, ridden clear flat opened 11/4 touched 10/3 £2000-£600 £825-£300
2nd 12 5 Mossley (IRE) N J Henderson 5 11-6 B J Geraghty 7/4f
SP 7/4f Tracked leading pair, joined winner 4 out, hit next, driven and every chance approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with winner flat opened 2/1 £900-£400(x3) £8000-£4000 £2000-£1000(x2) £1200-£600 £1000-£500(x2) £3750-£2000 £2250-£1200
3rd 3 Champion Court (IRE) M Keighley 6 11-6 A P Cawley 5/2
SP 5/2 Held up in last pair, headway 16th, joined leading pair on outside 4 out, upsides when mistake next, outpaced before 2 out, soon no impression opened 3/1 £3000-£1000 £1200-£400(x2)
4th 24 4 Fists Of Fury (IRE) C Byrnes 7 11-6 P J Brennan 8/1
SP 8/1 Disputed lead, blundered 13th, lost place 5 out, 4th and outpaced when mistake next, soon beaten, tailed off opened 15/2 £10000-£1200(x2) £5000-£600(x3)
F 2 Traffic Article (IRE) G Elliott 7 11-9 t J M Maguire 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in last pair, pecked 8th, outpaced 5 out, 5th and last when fell next opened 8/1 £5000-£575
NR 6 Old Wigmore (IRE) Miss R Curtis 6 11-6 Aidan Coleman
NR 7 Sybarite (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 5 11-1 S Twiston-Davies

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.90 Tote Place £2.30 £1.70 Straight Forecast £9.01 Exacta £7.40

Jackpot £25,379.68 carried forward to Hereford, 11th Dec
Placepot £13.80, Pool: £180835.64, 9557.89 winning tickets
Quadpot £7.50, Pool: £12173.18, 1193.84 winning tickets

Analysis

Some smart performers have won this race with Time For Rupert preventing Paul Nicholls from completing a hat-trick 12 months ago but the Ditcheat handler was back on top with JOIN TOGETHER following in the steps of Inchidaly Rock and What A Friend. He had looked a little on the slow side when rather grinding out victory on his chase debut at this track last month with his trainer suggesting that he was more likely to line up in the four miler at the Festival rather than the RSA but connections were tempted to revise that view following this performance having felt that he had improved considerably. That is undoubtedly the case but it's also fairly easy to pick holes in the form of this contest and considerably stiffer tasks await further down the line. Mossley - who had beaten the winner over hurdles on this card last year - jumped better than he had on his debut at Kempton but his fencing still left something to be desired. It's to his credit that he appeared to be travelling the better of the three approaching the second last but he didn't get up the hill as well as his rival. He needs more education and may prove more effective over an easier three miles at present. Champion Court also ran like a non-stayer despite clawing back Mossley after the last. Second to Grands Crus last time, he jumped well in rear and moved into the race travelling strongly but he pecked at the second last and that error appeared to knock the stuffing out of him. It's not to say that he won't stay in time and he's probably not as good as the two that finished in front of him but he looks better over shorter at present. There are more races to be won with him but he's short of top class and won't find life easy from his handicap mark so connections will need to pick and choose his races with care. Wetherby winner Fists Of Fury had cried enough at the top of the hill and will find easier opportunities than this but he does provide his owners - who have a remarkable depth of top chasing talent at their disposal - with a guide to the British form. Traffic Article had been well placed to win three times in the summer and was making little impression when falling on this steep step up in class.