Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) 4m

  • (5yo+, 4m, Class 2, 19 runners)
  • Winner £44,970 2nd £14,048 3rd £7,020 4th £3,510 5th £1,755 6th £885
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 8m 13.80s
  • Off time: 13:30:33

Full Result

13:30 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 18 Teaforthree (IRE) Miss R Curtis 8 11-6 Mr J T McNamara 5/1f
SP 5/1f With leader, led narrowly 5th, headed narrowly 2 out, ridden and stayed on to regain lead flat, all out £6500-£1000 £10000-£1600 £11000-£2000
2nd 2 10 Harry The Viking P F Nicholls 7 11-6 Mr W Biddick 7/1
SP 7/1 Tracked leaders, driven to chase leading pair 2 out, ridden and effort between last 2, edged right and left after last, stayed on under pressure flat, went 2nd near finish opened 13/2 £5000-£700(x2)
3rd nk 9 Four Commanders (IRE) M F Morris 6 11-6 Miss N Carberry 10/1
SP 10/1 Led to 5th, with winner, led again narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed flat, kept on same pace, no extra and lost 2nd near finish opened 11/1 touched 9/1 £10000-£900 £20000-£2000
4th ½ 20 Our Victoria (IRE) C Bowe 7 10-13 Mr B O'Neill 40/1
SP 40/1 With leaders, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure flat opened 50/1
5th 8 1 Alfie Spinner (IRE) Nick Williams 7 11-6 Mr S Waley-Cohen 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, 5th and outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders from next opened 9/1 £10000-£1100
6th ¾ 8 Daffern Seal (IRE) D K Weld 8 11-6 Mr R P McNamara 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up mid-division on inside, 8th and under pressure when mistake 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 25/1 £9000-£300 £25000-£1000
7th 19 Universal Soldier (IRE) C E Longsdon 7 11-6 Mr R P Quinlan 9/1
SP 9/1 Behind, mistake 15th, headway 4 out, chased leaders under pressure next, kept on same pace from 2 out, no impression opened 12/1 £12000-£1000
8th 12 14 Our Island (IRE) Tim Vaughan 7 11-6 p Mr B Gibbs 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders before 3 out, soon weakened
9th 13 Lively Baron (IRE) D McCain Jnr 7 11-6 b Mr R O Harding 16/1
SP 16/1 With leaders on outside, lost place approaching 3 out, soon beaten opened 20/1 £10000-£500
10th 19 4 Blenheim Brook (IRE) Miss Lucinda V Russell 7 11-6 Mr J T Carroll 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon behind
PU 5 Bob 'n' You (IRE) Ian Williams 9 11-6 Mr S Drinkwater 66/1
SP 66/1 Held up behind on outside, headway and in touch 17th, mistake 20th, soon lost place, behind when ridden before 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out opened 50/1
PU 6 Cottage Oak (IRE) G Elliott 9 11-6 Mr K E Power 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, dropped towards rear 16th, no danger after, tailed off when pulled up before last
PU 12 Leggy Lad (IRE) S McConville 9 11-6 Mr M McConville 100/1
SP 100/1 Towards rear on outside, hit 17th, outpaced 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out £50000-£500
PU 17 Strongbows Legend C E Longsdon 7 11-6 p Mr M Wall 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up in touch, mistake 19th, blundered and lost place next, behind when pulled up before 3 out opened 25/1
F 2 Allee Garde (FR) W P Mullins 7 11-6 Mr P W Mullins 6/1
SP 6/1 Mid-division, fell 12th opened 13/2 £14000-£2000 £13000-£2000
F 7 Court Red Handed (IRE) Mrs S J Humphrey 7 11-6 bt Mr M Ennis 40/1
SP 40/1 Tracked leaders, blundered 9th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, beaten when fell last £10000-£200
UR 11 Iron Chancellor (IRE) A King 7 11-6 b1 Mr R G Henderson 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders on inside, mistake and pecked when hampered 18th, mid-division when mistake and unseated rider 21st
UR 16 State Benefit (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-6 Mr N De Boinville 40/1
SP 40/1 Tracked leaders, still in touch when blundered and unseated rider 18th
BD 15 Soll W P Mullins 7 11-6 Ms K Walsh 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up behind on inside when brought down 12th opened 15/2 £8000-£1000
NR 3 Ben's Folly (IRE) Tim Vaughan 7 11-6 Mr Matthew Barber

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.00 Tote Place £2.50 £2.50 £3.00 Straight Forecast £35.54 Exacta £30.10 Trifecta £504.40 Swingers 1&2 £3.80, 2&3 £20.80, 1&3 £16.80

Jackpot £86,890.81 carried forward to Cheltenham, 15th Mar
Placepot £73.40, Pool: £937315.56, 9316.97 winning tickets
Quadpot £18.70, Pool: £32395.49, 1281.41 winning tickets

Analysis

Rebecca Curtis has been an up-and-coming trainer on the radar for a while but this first Cheltenham winner with TEAFORTHREE will bring her operation to the fore even more. The winner was given a fine ride by one of the most experienced amateurs around, JT McNamara, and jumped impeccably throughout. He didn't really settle early on so was in the front-rank as a result and was part of a group of five or so who had moved on from the pack before three out. Battling for all his worth turning for home, he was actually a half-length down at the last to the equally brave Four Commanders, but put in a super leap and landed running. He didn't have an awful lot left at the line, but after four miles of an end-to-end gallop, that's hardly surprising. He looks the ideal type for something like the Welsh National next season. Eventually Harry The Viking finished second, having looked set for third or even fourth after the last. He had travelled (and jumped) well behind the leaders for most of the contest, and tried his hardest to keep tabs on them turning in. Unfortunately he started to hang before the last fence but found more for pressure late on and was gaining on the leader at the line. One gets the impression that he is a bit of a thinker, so it might not be wise to assume he would have gone past. Four Commanders seemed to take very well to the challenge, racing up with the pace throughout, and it was only after the last, where he landed a bit steeply, that his challenge faltered. He's tried headgear in the past, but seemed genuine enough here. Fourth was Our Victoria who looked to be going best of all coming down the hill. Considering his odds he ran a blinder, and deserved to be placed really; like the first three home he jumped well throughout. Alfie Spinner had a good position for a lot of the race but just lacked the stamina to go with them from three out, whilst Daffern Seal was staying on well down the hill but just couldn't get near them going back up it. Allee Garde and the giant Soll both hit the deck around 14 fences from home, whilst State Benefit was still in there with a chance when falling eight out.