StanJames.com International Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 1f

  • (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £74,035 2nd £27,781 3rd £13,910 4th £6,929 5th £3,484 6th £1,742
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 6.70s
  • Off time: 15:01:59

Full Result

15:00 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 The New One (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 5 11-8 S Twiston-Davies 2/5f
SP 2/5f Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching last where not fluent, joined flat, ridden to assert, drew clear final 100 yards opened 4/9 £1000-£2000(x3) £250-£500 £3000-£6750 £222-£500
2nd 6 2 Zarkandar (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-8 b D A Jacob 5/2
SP 5/2 Tracked leader, challenged 4th, led next, ridden, headed and bumped before last, rallied and joined winner flat, no impression inside final 100 yards £5500-£2000 £2750-£1000 £1650-£600
3rd 6 7 Jumps Road C L Tizzard 6 11-0 Brendan Powell 100/1
SP 100/1 Tracked leaders, staying on and trying to press for 2nd when hampered approaching last, soon switched left and unable to quicken, stayed on same pace opened 80/1
4th 6 4 Court Minstrel (IRE) Evan Williams 6 11-4 Paul Moloney 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in 6th, mistake 2nd, headway after 3 out, ridden and unable to quicken before last opened 14/1
5th 86 3 Albert Hall (USA) A Chaille-Chaille 8 11-4 ht M Carroux 40/1
SP 40/1 Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place after 3 out, weakened next opened 50/1 touched 33/1
6th 16 5 Hawkhill (IRE) Tim Vaughan 7 11-4 vt R Johnson 100/1
SP 100/1 Raced freely, led, clear 2nd until 3rd, headed 5th, weakened after 3 out
F 6 Seabreeze D'ho (FR) C Le Galliard 7 11-4 t1 D Cottin 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up in last, fell 2nd

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.80 Tote Place £1.40 £1.70 Straight Forecast £1.71 Exacta £2.50 Trifecta £41.30 Swingers 1&2 £1.02, 2&3 £10.40, 1&3 £8.90

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

Seven runners but little more than a match between THE NEW ONE and Zarkandar. The latter had come out on top over two and a half miles in the Aintree Hurdle but last season's Neptune winner had decisively accounted for former Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby on his reappearance in his second season over hurdles and was sent off a well-backed favourite to gain revenge. The only time that the result remotely looked in doubt was after the last when Zarkandar came back alongsides and that was only, in part, due to last season's defeat at the hands of At Fishers Cross when the trainer castigated his jockey son for hitting the front too soon. He was left in front here through no fault of his rider after Jumps Road hampered Zarkandar on the run to the last when going for a gap that the stewards decided wasn't there; they banned Brendan Powell for three days. It's to The New One's credit and a sign of his growing maturity that he quickened away to record a comfortable success and he's now set to return to Kempton to take on My Tent Or Yours on Boxing Day. That's a mouthwatering clash between two of the leading Champion Hurdle protagonists and should be a race to savour for all that the contest is usually a small field, tactical affair like so many graded races. Zarkandar may have finished closer but for the interference but it didn't make any difference to the result. A return to the Aintree Hurdle appears to be the obvious medium-term objective but quite where he goes in the interim is less certain. A step up to three miles has been mooted but with his stable housing Celestial Halo and Big Buck's it would be understandable were they keen to explore other avenues. A relatively modest pace allowed Court Minstrel and Jumps Road to be there or thereabouts coming down the hill but both were understandably found wanting. With three higher rated rivals behind him, Jumps Road is likely to face a hike in the weights for all that he was flattered and it would be no surprise to see him revert to chasing, a sphere in which he is rated just 117 after three starts. Evan Williams has maintained that his horse is badly handicapped but he's unlikely to come down significantly for this and opportunities could be limited with the ground likely to go against him sooner rather than later.