Ultima Frontrunner In It Solutions Novices' Chase 3m 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 110y, Class 2, 8 runners)
  • Winner £9,393 2nd £2,775 3rd £1,388 4th £694 5th £346 6th £174
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 28.29s
  • Off time: 13:21:42

Full Result

13:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Wayward Prince Ian Williams 6 11-4 D C Costello 9/4f
SP 9/4f Held up in touch, slow 2nd, headway to 3rd at 8th, with leaders when not fluent 15th, went 2nd 4 out, almost upsides when left in lead 2 out, stayed on well and driven out flat £2500-£1000 £1500-£600(x2) £1000-£400 £1440-£600 £2700-£1200 £2250-£1000 £1125-£500(x2) £900-£400
2nd 1 Balthazar King (IRE) P J Hobbs 6 11-7 R Johnson 16/1
SP 16/1 Chased leader, led 8th, narrowly headed after 11th, chased leader, led again 4 out, headed before 2 out, 3rd when left close 2nd 2 out, ridden and no extra from last £10000-£500
3rd 4 7 Cannington Brook (IRE) C L Tizzard 6 10-13 J Tizzard 13/2
SP 13/2 Held up in touch, hit 3rd, steady headway approaching 3 out, no real impression when left 3rd 2 out opened 15/2
4th 22 5 Berties Dream (IRE) P J Gilligan 7 10-13 A E Lynch 7/2
SP 7/2 Chased leaders, mistake 5th, blundered and weakened 3 out opened 4/1 £2000-£500 £1600-£400
5th 2 Billie Magern N A Twiston-Davies 6 11-7 P J Brennan 14/1
SP 14/1 Led until 8th, chased leader, led again after 11th, mistake and stumbled next, headed just before 4 out, weakened and poor 7th when blundered 3 out, left poor 5th next
6th ¾ 9 Wolf Moon (IRE) M Keighley 7 10-13 W Hutchinson 10/1
SP 10/1 Chased leaders, driven along after 11th, mistake and weakened 14th, soon lost touch, tailed off
F 3 Chicago Grey (IRE) G Elliott 7 11-7 t D J Condon 5/1
SP 5/1 Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, led before 2 out, narrow lead when fell 2 out £2500-£500
UR 6 Beshabar (IRE) Tim Vaughan 8 10-13 Christian Williams 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up in rear, mistake 5th, not fluent next, hit 4 out, headway to chase leaders when hit 3 out, 4th when hampered and unseated rider 2 out £10000-£800
NR 8 Strategic Approach (IRE) W Greatrex 8 10-13 Mr T Garner

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £3.30 Tote Place £1.60 £3.50 £1.90 Straight Forecast £35.55 Exacta £50.80 Trifecta £345.30 Swingers 1&2 £12.60, 2&3 £22.40, 1&3 £3.10

Jackpot £19,279.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 14th Nov
Placepot £118.90, Pool: £273848.56, 1680.94 winning tickets
Quadpot £19.10, Pool: £19213.53, 743.34 winning tickets

Analysis

A dramatic conclusion with Chicago Grey flicking through the top of the second last, knuckling on landing and bringing down Beshabar who was given no chance by the fall. Chicago Grey, who had made a few niggly mistakes throughout the contest, looked to be travelling strongest at that stage although Dougie Costello reported that he felt that he had that one's measure. Beshabar ran an extraordinary race as he barely jumped a fence and was under pressure for much of the contest but the fragile gelding, who has always been held in high regard, clearly has an engine and was right there with every chance when coming to grief. WAYWARD PRINCE hadn't jumped as well as he did at Huntingdon but he did travel well for much of the race and ran on strongly to prevail in workmanlike fashion; both his rider and trainer felt that the tacky ground wasn't easy for the runners to jump out of and his jockey also felt that they didn't really go fast enough for his mount who was a Grade One winner over hurdles. Balthazar King has been rather a surprise package over fences but ran another fine race from the front, only giving way in the closing stages and he kept on bravely up the hill and it must be remembered that he was conceding 3lbs to the winner. Billie Magern adopted his usual front-running role but bad mistakes at both ditches on the second circuit put paid to his chances at which stage Wolf Moon was already out of the race and this was a second consecutive disappointing run from Martin Keighley's runner who had promised to make up into a decent handicapper. Cannington Brook was another that didn't jump very fluently but he did travel well for much of the race and can come on for this seasonal return but this was a step backwards from Berties Dream who had shaped well until a lack of a run told on his chase bow at Galway. His Festival win in the Albert Bartlett came in testing conditions and it's possible that the ground wasn't testing enough for the Irish challenger.