Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132 5th £1,072 6th £536
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 59.50s
  • Off time: 15:35:22

Full Result

15:35 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 More Of That (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 5 10-12 A P McCoy 11/4
SP 11/4 Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went 2nd after next, mistake 2 out, closed before last, led flat, readily opened 5/2 £1650-£600
2nd 4 Salubrious (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 10-12 D A Jacob 3/1
SP 3/1 Led, clear before 7th, ridden approaching last, headed flat, no impression on winner towards finish opened 5/2 £3750-£1500 £1000-£400
3rd 27 2 Glens Melody (IRE) W P Mullins 5 10-13 R Walsh 15/8f
SP 15/8f With leader when jumped slowly 1st, tracked leaders, pressed for 2nd after 7th, ridden approaching last, soon weakened opened 9/4 £2500-£1000 £675-£300 £4000-£2000
4th 32 1 Gemix (FR) N De Balanda 5 11-6 t1 D Cottin 3/1
SP 3/1 Took keen hold, tracked leader from 1st, challenged after next until taken wide between 3rd and 4th, lost 2nd after 7th, not fluent and weakened 2 out opened 4/1 £4000-£1000

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £4.30 Straight Forecast £11.01 Exacta £16.60 Trifecta £30.10

Jackpot £40,252.48 carried forward to Southwell, 15th Dec
Placepot £96.00, Pool: £184736.47, 1403.36 winning tickets
Quadpot £7.40, Pool: £15396.59, 1521.28 winning tickets

Analysis

It's not often that you see a conditions race such as this with a market as open as this; indeed, the eventual favourite Glens Melody was the outsider of the quartet on many opening shows and the support for the Willie Mullins mare was no doubt in part due to her being Ruby Walsh's sole ride on the card when he could have been mopping up more races at Fairyhouse. Gemix, the French Champion Hurdle winner, was the highest rated runner in the field but failed to bring that level of form across the English Channel and connections have ruled out a return in March. Glens Melody proved disappointing and it remains to be seen whether anything comes to light but the race should still prove to be informative with two progressive horses pulling clear to fight out the finish. MORE OF THAT made it four out of four to earn quotes for the World Hurdle for which his owner also has the current favourite At Fishers Cross. A strong finish had seen the five year old win a Haydock handicap from a promising French import with a Grade One fourth to his name and he confirmed the impression of that run to take up the lead after the last and run on well without his rider giving the impression that he was asking for maximum effort. He's clearly a very exciting prospect in the 'could be anything' category but he isn't the most experienced and his connections might do well to find another 'stepping stone' (if at all possible) before stepping him up in class again while, with the bookies quotes in mind, he does have his stamina to prove for the longer trip but he doesn't shape as though that will be a problem. The owner of Salubrious made no secret that they were expecting a big run and his charge didn't disappoint, albeit in defeat. Showing the benefit of his reappearance over an extended three miles and a furlong, his jockey understandably set out to ensure that this was a proper test of stamina and he just had the misfortune to bump into a better horse on the day. On the plus side, it's hard to see how the handicapper can raise him for a level-weights defeat to a rival rated 8lbs his inferior and a decent three mile handicap remains well within his compass before he switches to fences, presumably, next season.