Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race) 2m 110y

  • (4-6yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 20 runners)
  • Winner £31,322 2nd £11,754 3rd £5,885 4th £2,932 5th £1,474 6th £737
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 47.50s
  • Off time: 17:15:42

Full Result

17:15 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Champagne Fever (IRE) W P Mullins 5 11-5 Mr P W Mullins 16/1
SP 16/1 Made all, ridden and hard pressed from over 1f out, held on under pressure final furlong opened 14/1 £32000-£2000
2nd 18 New Year's Eve J P Ferguson 4 10-11 B J Geraghty 9/2f
SP 9/2f Mid-division, headway 4f out, tracked winner over 2f out, ridden to challenge on inside over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held towards finish opened 4/1 touched 11/2 £11000-£2000(x2) £5500-£1000 £50000-£10000 £20000-£4000 £10000-£2000 £5000-£1000(x6)
3rd hd 9 Pique Sous (FR) W P Mullins 5 11-5 R Walsh 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division on outside, headway 6f out, effort over 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong £12000-£1000 £6000-£500(x2)
4th 4 7 Moscow Mannon (IRE) B R Hamilton 6 11-5 Mr D Lavery 8/1
SP 8/1 Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with leading trio from over 1f out opened 13/2 £16000-£2000 £10000-£1200 £7500-£1000 £5000-£700
5th ½ 14 Yes Way Hosay (IRE) R T J Wilson 6 11-5 B J Cooper 50/1
SP 50/1 Behind, outpaced 5f out, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, never reached leaders opened 66/1
6th nse 19 The New One (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 4 10-11 Sam Twiston-Davies 12/1
SP 12/1 Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression
7th 5 12 The Romford Pele (IRE) Miss R Curtis 5 11-5 A P McCoy 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division on inside, outpaced over 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f, never troubled leaders £10000-£300
8th ¾ 17 Jezki (IRE) Mrs J Harrington 4 10-11 R M Power 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f out, no impression
9th 3 6 Many Clouds (IRE) O Sherwood 5 11-5 L P Aspell 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up behind, smooth headway on outside 6f out, chased leaders under pressure over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, weakened final furlong £8000-£200
10th 10 Royal Guardsman (IRE) C L Tizzard 5 11-5 J Tizzard 6/1
SP 6/1 Mid-division on inside, not much room 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders inside final 2f, weakened final furlong opened 8/1 £16000-£2000 £21000-£3000 £7000-£1000
11th 2 11 Sir Johnson P Bowen 6 11-5 J E Moore 7/1
SP 7/1 Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced when not much room over 5f out, lost place 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 10/1 £50000-£5000 £10000-£1000 £24000-£3000 £4000-£500
12th 3 Clonbanan Lad (IRE) Michael O'connor 6 11-5 Mr M J O'Connor 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, £80000-£5000 £16000-£1000 £10000-£600 £8000-£500 £70000-£5000
13th ¾ 13 Village Vic (IRE) P J Hobbs 5 11-5 T J O'Brien 14/1
SP 14/1 Towards rear of mid-division, outpaced over 5f out, soon behind
14th 2 Circular Quay W Greatrex 5 11-5 P J Brennan 40/1
SP 40/1 Mid-division, driven 4f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f
15th 16 Horatio Hornblower (IRE) Nick Williams 4 10-11 J Reveley 12/1
SP 12/1 Tracked winner, lost place over 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 14/1
16th 6 8 Piano Concerto (USA) Andrew Turnell 5 11-5 Nick Scholfield 125/1
SP 125/1 Always behind, struggling 5f out opened 100/1
17th nk 20 Virginia Ash (IRE) C L Tizzard 4 10-11 Aidan Coleman 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, soon behind
18th nk 5 Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) D O'Meara 6 11-5 D F O'Regan 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up behind, headway 6f out, chased leaders on outside over 3f out to over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 40/1 £10000-£250
PU 15 Cool George Miss J Du Plessis 4 10-11 James Best 25/1
SP 25/1 Chased leaders on outside, driven when lost action and pulled up over 3f out
PU 4 Glenwood Present (IRE) R H Buckler 5 11-5 t Nathan Sweeney 150/1
SP 150/1 Always behind, lost touch 4f out, tailed off when pulled up over 1f out opened 125/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £14.20 Tote Place £4.30,£2.60,£4.10 Straight Forecast £82.31 Exacta £107.00 Trifecta £929.50 Swingers 1&2:£15.60 2&3:£10.50 1&3:£32.50

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


Five of the first eight home in this race were trained in Ireland, but there wasn't a single horse who was able to get past CHAMPAGNE FEVER who set out to make all the running from the fall of the flag and did so with aplomb. Patrick Mullins set some pretty healthy early sections, and from the raggedy rolling start the field were fairly quickly strung out. With the field starting to close up coming down the hill it looked as if the writing might be on the wall for the winner but he responded every time his jockey asked and continually found more for pressure to see off stablemate Pique Sous and the strong-travelling New Year's Eve right the way to the line. Described as light-framed by his trainer, he looks sure to have a good future ahead of him but quotes for the Supreme Novices' are silly because he wouldn't have the pace for that in a millions years. He looks a 2m 4f+ horse for next season. Second home was New Year's Eve who moved like the class horse throughout, and made his ground up from off the pace very easily coming down the hill. He held every chance with a furlong to go but couldn't get past the winner. The fact he held off the third home suggests there's nothing wrong with his attitude and he was just unlucky to bump into an older horse on a really good going day. Pique Sous was never as far back in the field as NYE, but he moved sweetly into contention just after halfway and launched a challenge turning in. Like the runner-up he had every chance, and ran very well. There was a bit of a gap back to Moscow Mannon who settled just off the leader throughout but was just caught out for pace down the hill before rallying back up it, whilst Yes Way Hosay was doing all his best work in the final quarter mile and he looks sure to make up into a nice staying hurdler next season. Good mentions go to Jezki who travelled powerfully and moved closer before the home turn, but that move may have taken its toll and he didn't see it out up the hill, a comment that also applies to Royal Guardsman who had quite a rough race. He seemed short of room at the top of the hill and had to be pushed along but then made up ground on the inner turning in and looked set to hit the first five home, only to fade late on. Many Clouds paid the price for being rushed around the outside of the field after halfway and deserves plenty of credit for his effort.