Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed) 2m 4f 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 20 runners)
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross Country Good to Firm.
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 5.50s
  • Off time: 17:15:26

Full Result

17:15 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Hunt Ball (IRE) K Burke 7 12-0 Nick Scholfield 13/2f
SP 13/2f Tracked leaders, went 3rd after 3 out, challenged on outside next, led between last 2, ridden clear flat, stayed on well £13000-£2000 £6500-£1000 £6000-£1000
2nd 8 11 White Star Line (IRE) D T Hughes 8 11-7 B J Cooper 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 4th next, ridden and stayed on to chase winner after last, no impression opened 16/1 £5000-£300
3rd 2 9 Owen Glendower (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-9 A Tinkler 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch on inside, dropped to mid-division 8th, chased leaders 3 out, 5th and ridden next, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, no impression
4th 1 5 Battle Group D Pipe 7 11-10 b1 T Scudamore 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch, chased leader after 4 out, challenged next, every chance 2 out, led briefly soon after, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd after last
5th 14 Ackertac (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 7 11-6 p Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
SP 14/1 In touch, outpaced when mistake 3 out, soon ridden and lost place, stayed on under pressure flat, never reached leaders
6th hd 15 Carrickboy (IRE) Miss V Williams 8 11-5 Aidan Coleman 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch on outside, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, never on terms
7th 8 8 Quincy Des Pictons (FR) A E Jones 8 11-9 James Best (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, lost place when hit 4 out, soon behind, kept on under pressure approaching last, never near leaders
8th ½ 17 Vino Griego (FR) G L Moore 7 11-4 b J E Moore 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch, tracked leader 6th, led 4 out, narrow advantage when mistake 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat
9th 19 Harpsy Cord (IRE) J T R Dreaper 6 11-4 A E Lynch 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up behind, outpaced 3 out, stayed on into mid-division next, never near leaders £10000-£500 £48000-£3000
10th 1 6 Bless The Wings (IRE) A King 7 11-10 R Thornton 7/1
SP 7/1 Mid-division on outside, in touch 8th, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next £3500-£500(x2)
11th 5 10 Triolo D'Alene (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-7 B J Geraghty 7/1
SP 7/1 In touch, 6th and outpaced 2 out, weakened from last £16000-£2000 £15000-£2000 £10000-£1300
12th 3 12 Mic's Delight (IRE) V R A Dartnall 8 11-7 D F O'Regan 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, never on terms £5000-£300 £14000-£1000
13th 7 7 Falcon Island C L Tizzard 7 11-10 J Tizzard 66/1
SP 66/1 Tracked leaders on outside, driven and lost place after 3 out, weakened next
14th 16 2 Saint Are (FR) Tim Vaughan 6 11-12 R Johnson 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leader to 6th, in touch, lost place 11th, soon behind
15th 5 4 Going Wrong Ferdy Murphy 9 11-11 D N Russell 9/1
SP 9/1 Towards rear, outpaced 4 out, never dangerous opened 10/1 £9000-£1000
16th 3 The Panama Kid (IRE) J M Jefferson 8 11-12 Harry Haynes (3) 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, lost place 10th, soon behind
17th 16 Cucumber Run (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-4 b1 D Bass 40/1
SP 40/1 Wandered 1st, led and tended to jump left, slow jump and headed 4 out, soon lost place, weakened next
F 20 Educated Evans (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 7 11-4 Wayne Hutchinson 20/1
SP 20/1 Behind, outpaced 4 out, some headway under pressure next, 8th and one pace when fell 2 out
F 18 That'll Do P F Nicholls 7 11-4 R Walsh 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up behind, fell 4th opened 12/1 £6000-£500
UR 13 Charminster (IRE) D McCain Jnr 6 11-7 J M Maguire 14/1
SP 14/1 Pecked 1st, hit next, soon lost place, behind when mistake and unseated rider 5th opened 16/1 £32000-£2000 £10500-£750

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.50 Tote Place £2.50,£4.10,£9.30,£7.70 Straight Forecast £86.33 Exacta £123.00 Trifecta £8337.30 Swingers 1&2:£21.10 2&3:£112.20 1&3:£43.60

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


Another remarkable chapter in the rise and rise of HUNT BALL as he claimed his latest triumph this season a mere 74 pounds higher then when he started his winning spree back at Folkestone in November. He always had an eye on the front rank for the first circuit before moving into a challenging position coming down the hill for the final time. He had just two rivals in front of him as he turned for home before jumping on two out and striding clear in fantastic style. His has been one of the stories of an already memorable season. His ebullient owner felt afterwards he had won the wrong race - it should have been the Gold Cup he had taken down. Quite where this run will finish is hard to gauge but he is sure to be up near the 160s now and conditions races are well within his range. The remainder were chasing shadows in the closing stages with White Star Line faring best after finding his stride from the third last. Owen Glendower and Battle Group filled the frame - the latter has not looked the most straightforward this season over fences but seemed to find a new lease of life with a pair of blinkers on. Quincy Des Pictons lost his place four out and seemed set to raise the white flag but found a second wind and made up some ground bravely while Triolo d'Alene travelled well to a point but folded pretty tamely in the home straight. Bless The Wings has been in good form but could not land a telling blow. He made a slight mistake at the first and never really seemed to go with much zest - perhaps the going was a bit lively. Carrickboy ran a nice race for the future all things considered and he will be suited by a stiffer test of stamina. The race was won at a decent clip thanks to Cucumber Run, who was lit up by first-time blinkers. There was no way he was going to be able to keep up the pace he set - he made a mistake at the first and his jumping was erratic at times. Charminster was hampered by Cucumber Run at the opening obstacle, was down on his nose and he never really recovered before unseating his rider at the fifth. That'll Do departed a fence earlier when in rear while Educated Evans sadly took a fatal fall two out.