Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) 3m 7f

  • (5yo+, 3m 7f, Class 2, 16 runners)
  • Winner £25,024 2nd £7,392 3rd £3,696 4th £1,848 5th £924 6th £464
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross Country Good to Firm.
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 51.50s
  • Off time: 16:00:09

Full Result

16:00 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Balthazar King (IRE) P J Hobbs 8 10-9 R Johnson 11/2
SP 11/2 Always prominent, led 2nd to 4th, tracked leader, mistake 6th, not fluent 3 out, led again next, hard pressed last, ridden flat, just held on opened 10/1 £5000-£700 £10000-£1500
2nd hd 7 A New Story (IRE) M Hourigan 14 10-9 A P Heskin (3) 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, hit 21st, headway under pressure 3 out, went 2nd before last, soon every chance, ridden and stayed on flat, just held opened 18/1
3rd 5 15 Wedger Pardy (IRE) K C Bailey 11 10-1 b Miss J Coward (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch, led 4th, headed 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression from last opened 25/1
4th 4 Sizing Australia (IRE) H De Bromhead 10 11-1 A E Lynch 5/1
SP 5/1 Tracked leaders, effort on inside 2 out, soon ridden, outpaced when switched right before last, kept on same pace, no impression opened 9/2 £5000-£1000 £3600-£800
5th 13 Tally Em Up (IRE) P J Rothwell 9 10-5 t Declan Bates (5) 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out to next, kept on same pace, no impression
6th nk 9 Midnight Haze K C Bailey 10 10-7 S Quinlan 16/1
SP 16/1 Keen early, led to 2nd, tracked leaders, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, no impression between last 2 opened 25/1
7th 12 Maljimar (IRE) Nick Williams 12 10-5 J Reveley 10/1
SP 10/1 In touch, 5th and outpaced 2 out, no impression
8th hd 1 Uncle Junior (IRE) W P Mullins 11 11-12 E Mullins (3) 8/1
SP 8/1 Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms opened 7/1
9th 16 11 Jacks Island (IRE) J P Kenny 9 10-5 t Shane Jackson (3) 80/1
SP 80/1 Always behind, struggling 29th, never dangerous opened 66/1
PU 10 Fortification (USA) K Burke 9 10-6 p D F O'Regan 14/1
SP 14/1 Slowly away, always towards rear, struggling 17th, pulled up before 27th opened 20/1
PU 3 Garde Champetre (FR) E Bolger 13 11-8 Miss N Carberry 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leaders to 18th, behind when lost action and pulled up quickly before next, dismounted opened 17/2 £10000-£1000 £22500-£2500
PU 16 Gone To Lunch (IRE) J Scott 12 10-0 b1 Nick Scholfield 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, dropped towards rear 20th, soon struggling, pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1
PU 2 Scotsirish (IRE) W P Mullins 11 11-9 Mr P W Mullins 10/3f
SP 10/3f Held up towards rear when lost action and pulled up before 5th, dismounted opened 3/1 £4000-£1000 £14000-£4000 £3500-£1000 £5000-£1500 £3000-£900 £30000-£10000 £12000-£4000
UR 5 Dancing Tornado (IRE) M Hourigan 11 10-13 Mr J T McNamara 11/1
SP 11/1 In rear, mistake and unseated rider 16th opened 10/1
UR 8 Double Dizzy R H Buckler 11 10-8 t A Glassonbury 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch, driven 29th, soon lost place, towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 6 out
UR 14 Dream Alliance J L Flint 11 10-4 T J O'Brien 66/1
SP 66/1 Always behind, mistake and unseated rider 6 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.00 Tote Place £1.60 £5.60 £5.30 £1.90 Straight Forecast £112.88 Exacta £238.40 Trifecta £9,449.80 Swingers 1&2 £54.50, 2&3 £117.80, 1&3 £37.90

Jackpot £58,798.80, Pool: £372668.75, 4.5 winning tickets
Placepot £76.20, Pool: £895990.3, 8579.31 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.30, Pool: £32465.85, 1673.78 winning tickets

Analysis

A thrilling finish after almost four miles as BALTHAZAR KING held off the late thrust of gallant veteran A New Story. The winner was always in the leading trio and found plenty for pressure under Richard Johnson in the closing stages to make up for an unfortunate incident at the track back in December. A New Story was a past winner of this race and only just failed to add to his tally despite advancing years. Wedger Pardy had taken the wrong course in the above race back in December and put in a great effort to hit the frame. He led the field along for much of the way but could not go with the front two after the second last. He did hold on well to keep Sizing Australia at bay as the front four were clear of the chasing pack. There was a sad footnote as both Scotsirish and multiple cross-country winner Garde Champetre had to be put down.