Unicoin Homes Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £19,954 2nd £7,486 3rd £3,748 4th £1,869 5th £938 6th £469
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 52.30s
  • Off time: 13:21:02

Full Result

13:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 8 Karabak (FR) A King 7 11-2 A P McCoy 5/1
SP 5/1 Held up in touch, hit 3rd, headway 3 out, challenged next, led before last, soon pressed, ridden and rallied when headed briefly flat, stayed on towards finish
2nd 7 Any Given Day (IRE) D McCain Jnr 5 11-2 J M Maguire 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in rear, hit 4th, ridden and outpaced 3 out, headway under pressure on outside between last 2, ridden to challenge last, stayed on to lead briefly flat, kept on, no extra towards finish opened 11/1
3rd 4 Celestial Halo (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-6 bt Harry Skelton 10/1
SP 10/1 In touch on inside, driven to chase leading pair after 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on same pace, no impression flat opened 8/1
4th 7 6 Zaynar (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-6 b1 B J Geraghty 4/1f
SP 4/1f Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace, no impression flat £4500-£1000 £1800-£400 £2000-£500 £2000-£500 £6000-£1500
5th nk 2 Ashkazar (FR) D Pipe 6 11-6 Timmy Murphy 40/1
SP 40/1 Driven and lost prominent position 1st, soon behind, driven 3 out, ridden to chase leaders after next, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression opened 50/1
6th 9 Kayf Aramis N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-2 p P J Brennan 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, lost place 6th, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never near leaders
7th 5 Restless Harry R Dickin 6 11-6 H Oliver 11/2
SP 11/2 Pressed leader, mistake 3rd, led after 3 out to next, soon ridden and one pace, no impression approaching last opened 7/1 touched 5/1
8th 2 10 Sentry Duty (FR) N J Henderson 8 11-2 A Tinkler 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up behind, headway 3 out, outpaced after next, never on terms opened 13/2
9th 4 11 Quartz de Thaix (FR) Miss V Williams 6 10-12 Aidan Coleman 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced between last 2, weakened flat
10th 17 13 Banjaxed Girl N A Twiston-Davies 6 10-9 S Twiston-Davies 8/1
SP 8/1 Led, driven and headed after 3 out, weakened next opened 10/1
11th 4 3 Carlito Brigante (IRE) G Elliott 4 11-6 D N Russell 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure on outside 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last opened 16/1
12th 9 12 Tail of The Bank (IRE) Mrs L J Young 7 10-12 L Heard 100/1
SP 100/1 Close up on outside, lost place after 3 out, weakened after next
NR 1 Afsoun (FR) N B King 8 11-6 Alex Merriam

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.90 Tote Place £1.60 £3.60 £2.40 Straight Forecast £50.23 Exacta £53.10 Trifecta £606.10 Swingers 1&2 £10.60, 2&3 £19.30, 1&3 £3.50

Jackpot £3,033.90, Pool: £14956.06, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot £43.90, Pool: £225954.6, 3753.16 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.60, Pool: £15397.45, 779.7 winning tickets

Analysis

A very high quality renewal of the Relkeel Hurdle with a stellar cast in opposition and KARABAK managed to get his head infront for the first time in a couple of seasons. Alan King's charge has been taking on top opposition but this 2m5f seemed an ideal trip under an end-to-end gallop and having raced in touch, Tony McCoy brought him to deliver his challenge with two to jump and he was able to fend off the late and persistent threat of the second. Alan King revealed that he had wanted to run him in the Long Run hurdle but the owner's decision to run at Cheltenham proved a correct one. A return for the Cleeve Hurdle and then a tilt at the World Hurdle appears the likely programme ahead. Any Given Day had his chance to win this and his passage into the closing duel was remarkable. Held up in the early stages, he made a number of mistakes and having sat a fair way off the pace, he rattled up the hill from an unpromising position to challenge the winner and force his head infront after the last. He could not repel the final thrust of the winner though he was well clear of the third. Celestial Halo was entitled to run well on his return from an abortive chasing campaign. He travelled as well as anything though didn't finish his race when push came to shove. Zaynar looked to have been lit up by the first time blinkers. He held every chance at the eighth but paid the penalty for racing too keenly. The excuses are now beginning to run thin. Ashkazar ran a bizarre race to be fifth. Shoved along throughout the contest, he threatened to stop in the early stages before consenting to plug on at the death. Kayf Aramis found things happening a little too quickly and will be better once returned to handicaps. Sentry Duty was easy to back beforehand and one presumes he will come on for this effort.