Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (grade 3) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 17 runners)
  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340 5th £2,680 6th £1,340
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 2.00s
  • Off time: 14:20:38

Full Result

14:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Menorah (IRE) P J Hobbs 5 11-12 R Johnson 6/1
SP 6/1 Raced wide, hit 1st, held up towards rear, headway on outside before 4th, chased leaders and hit 3 out, led after 2 out, idled towrads finish, held on gamely close home opened 11/2 £30000-£5000 £6000-£1000 £3000-£500
2nd nk 16 Bothy B Ellison 4 10-2 Danny Cook (3) 16/1
SP 16/1 Chased leader, led and hit 4 out, headed after 2 out, rallied gamely towards finish, just held opened 33/1 £20000-£1000
3rd 5 9 Manyriverstocross (IRE) A King 5 10-13 W Hutchinson 11/2f
SP 11/2f Raced wide, took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway approaching 4th, chased leaders gong well 3 out, stayed on to 3rd before last, one pace and no threat to leading duo opened 5/1
4th ¾ 3 Any Given Day (IRE) D McCain Jnr 5 11-8 Henry Brooke (7) 11/1
SP 11/1 In touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, riddden and one pace before last opened 14/1
5th 13 Olofi (FR) T R George 4 10-7 P J Brennan 12/1
SP 12/1 Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway before 3 out, ridden to chase leaders 2 out, stayed on same pace from last opened 16/1
6th 15 2 Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 6 11-11 A P McCoy 7/1
SP 7/1 Raced wide, held up towards rear, headway on outside before 4th, chased leaders 4 out, every chance when hit 3 out, weakened before next
7th 8 Orsippus (USA) Michael Smith 4 11-0 S Thomas 50/1
SP 50/1 In rear, ridden after 4 out, modest headway from 2 out, never on terms
8th 1 7 Astracad (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 4 11-1 S Twiston-Davies (3) 12/1
SP 12/1 Blundered 1st, in rear, headway after 4 out, slightly hampered 3 out, weakened soon after opened 16/1
9th 18 Sure Josie Sure (FR) D Pipe 5 10-2 T Scudamore 9/1
SP 9/1 Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, weakened between last 2 opened 10/1 touched 8/1
10th 17 4 General Miller N J Henderson 5 11-7 B J Geraghty 8/1
SP 8/1 Raced wide, chased leaders until weakened soon after 4 out opened 13/2 £5600-£800 £3500-£500
11th 10 Leslingtaylor (IRE) J J Quinn 8 10-9 D C Costello 33/1
SP 33/1 Pulled hard in touch, weakened 4 out, beaten when slightly hampered next opened 40/1
12th 15 Puzzlemaster H Morrison 4 10-2 t A Tinkler 66/1
SP 66/1 Mid-division, dropped to rear when hit 4th, soon lost touch and in rear
13th 17 Culcabock (IRE) Miss Lucinda V Russell 10 10-2 Peter Carberry (7) 40/1
SP 40/1 Chased leaders, weakened after 4th, soon behind, behind when slightly hampered 3 out opened 50/1
14th 1 11 St Devote (FR) E Griffin 5 10-8 E J O'connell (5) 33/1
SP 33/1 Towrads rear, headway 4 out, weakened under pressure soon after next
15th ¾ 6 Issaquah (IRE) J M Jefferson 8 11-6 James Halliday (5) 50/1
SP 50/1 Led, headed 4 out, weakened before next, behind and no chance when hampered 3 out
F 5 Sanctuaire (FR) P F Nicholls 4 11-7 N Fehily 8/1
SP 8/1 Raced wide, held up in rear, 8th and no chance when fell heavily 2 out opened 7/1 £5000-£600
F 12 Tarkari (IRE) Evan Williams 5 10-7 Paul Moloney (7) 20/1
SP 20/1 Took keen hold, behind, headway and well in touch when fell 3 out opened 25/1
NR 14 Fiulin Evan Williams 5 10-5 Paul Moloney

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.50 Tote Place £1.80 £5.10 £1.80 £2.90 Straight Forecast £91.42 Exacta £142.50 Trifecta £568.50 Swingers 1&2 £20.90, 2&3 £20.00, 1&3 £4.80

Jackpot £39,700.33 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 15th Nov
Placepot £90.70, Pool: £205485.45, 1652.48 winning tickets
Quadpot £18.70, Pool: £14914.11, 587.84 winning tickets

Analysis

The lack of an out and out front-runner meant that this handicap was run at an unusually steady gallop and they raced strung out across the track in search of better ground with MENORAH, General Miller, Get Me Out Of Here and Manyriverstocross all on the outside as Issaquah and Bothy took them along in the early stages with Sure Josie Sure in third. The field were tightly bunched as they headed to the top of the hill but began to get stretched out as Bothy and Sure Josie Sure turned the screw coming down the hill at which point General Miller dropped out very tamely as though something was amiss. Tarkari fell three from home when in a second peloton of Sanctuaire, Any Given Day, St Devote, Astracad and Olofi and Sanctuaire was to depart at the next when looking held. Get Me Out Of Here had travelled quite keenly and weakened after the second last (rather as he had done at Ascot on his return) and now has something to prove. Sure Josie Sure dropped out around the turn for home as Menorah and Bothy settled down to fight out the finish and finished well beaten but she did enough to think that she can win races this season, particularly back against her own sex where she could be hard to beat. Menorah successfully conceeded the best part of two stone to the four year old despite not jumping as well as he can on ground that was far from ideal. Philip Hobbs felt that he had to go close from a mark of 151 if he was to be regarded as a Champion Hurdle prospect and his odds were slashed for the Blue Riband event following his triumph. He obviously impressed with the way he responded for Richard Johnson but equally impressive was the way that he travelled through the race. He can do even better in a strongly run race (which he may not get until March) and on better ground and is a live contender. It had looked as though Bothy's improvement had levelled out but he ran the race of his life and hails from a yard very much in form; it will be interesting to see where he goes next. Manyriverstocross was a bit sticky at the last and onepaced up the hill; he may need a step up in trip but remains on an interesting mark with the handicapper unlikely to raise him significantly for this run. Any Given Day had run out an impressive winner at Chepstow prior to this and will also appreciate being stepped back up in distance. Olofi finished 15 lengths clear of the field in fifth and ran a fine race for a four year-old; this wasn't unexpected as he did attract support and this run paid a compliment to his Chepstow conqueror Escort'men who could develop into an outside contender for the Champion Hurdle. He's a stablemate of Sanctuaire who shaped as though he was in need of the run.