Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed) 2m 4f 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 20 runners)
  • Winner £28,505 2nd £10,695 3rd £5,355 4th £2,670 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 7.50s
  • Off time: 17:16:52

Full Result

17:15 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 19 Divers (FR) Ferdy Murphy 7 11-4 G Lee 10/1
SP 10/1 Raced keenly, held up behind, steady headway on inside 4 out, tracked leaders next, challenged last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well opened 11/1 £5000-£500
2nd 2 Quantitativeeasing (IRE) N J Henderson 6 11-11 A P McCoy 7/1
SP 7/1 In touch on outside, driven 3 out, ridden to chase leading pair approaching next, led narrowly between last 2, headed flat, kept on same pace opened 9/1 £18000-£2000
3rd 2 4 Tullamore Dew (IRE) N J Gifford 9 11-11 L Treadwell 13/2
SP 13/2 Always prominent, driven and effort approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure flat to go 3rd near finish opened 7/1 touched 6/1 £40000-£5000 £7000-£1000
4th 16 Vino Griego (FR) G L Moore 6 11-5 b1 J E Moore 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leaders, led 10th, mistake and headed 12th, led again 3 out, headed narrowly between last 2, every chance last, no extra flat, lost 3rd near finish £5000-£200
5th 11 Definity (IRE) P F Nicholls 8 11-8 R Walsh 3/1f
SP 3/1f Mid-division, bumped 6th, headway 11th, outpaced 3 out, ridden to chase leaders next, kept on same pace, no impression £40000-£10000 £4000-£1000(x2) £7000-£2000(x6) £3500-£1000(x12) £2100-£600(x2) £1750-£500(x4) £10000-£3000(x2) £6667-£2000 £5000-£1500(x11) £9000-£3000
6th ¾ 7 Tharawaat (IRE) G Elliott 6 11-9 bt D N Russell 14/1
SP 14/1 In touch, mistake 2nd and 9th, headway 4 out, chased leader next until 2 out, ridden and weakened last
7th 9 Swing Bill (FR) D Pipe 10 11-8 Timmy Murphy 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, blundered 11th, lost place 4 out, soon beaten £10000-£600
8th hd 10 On Borrowed Wings (IRE) A Fleming 8 11-8 p1 D A Jacob 12/1
SP 12/1 Behind, blundered 8th, ridden and kept on from 2 out, never near leaders opened 14/1
9th 15 Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-6 D Bass (3) 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, outpaced next, weakened 2 out
10th 12 Glenstal Abbey (IRE) C F Swan 7 11-7 t D J Casey 40/1
SP 40/1 Towards rear of mid-division, lost place 8th, never dangerous opened 33/1 £10000-£250
11th 6 5 Nadiya De La Vega (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-10 B J Geraghty 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leaders, led 5th to 10th, led again 12th, hit and headed 3 out, weakened from next £10000-£500
12th 2 17 Lastoftheleaders (IRE) A L T Moore 8 11-5 Andrew J McNamara 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear, outpaced 4 out, never near leaders £12500-£500
13th 8 20 Sway (FR) Jonjo O'Neill 5 11-4 R P McLernon (3) 50/1
SP 50/1 Behind, headway into mid-division 12th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon weakened
PU 14 American Trilogy (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-6 b Nick Scholfield 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders, reminder 10th, weakened before 2 out, behind when pulled up before next £64000-£4000 £10000-£600
PU 18 Osric (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-5 A Tinkler 20/1
SP 20/1 Behind, headway into mid-division 10th, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out
PU 3 Premier Sagas (FR) N G Richards 7 11-11 J M Maguire 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, lost place 5th, behind when pulled up before 8th £10000-£500
PU 8 Quo Video (FR) Tim Vaughan 7 11-9 t R J Killoran (3) 100/1
SP 100/1 Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
PU 13 Rougham P J Hobbs 5 11-7 R Johnson 20/1
SP 20/1 Led to 5th, with leaders, lost place when mistake 9th, behind from 11th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out £10000-£500
PU 1 Songe (FR) C E Longsdon 7 11-12 t1 T Siddall 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, jumped right 6th, lost place when mistake 8th, behind when jumped right 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out £10000-£150
PU 6 Swincombe Rock N A Twiston-Davies 6 11-9 Sam Twiston-Davies (3) 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch when reminders 8th, blundered next, lost place and behind 4 out, pulled up before 2 out £10000-£300

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £11.30 Tote Place £2.60,£1.90,£1.90,£5.50 Straight Forecast £69.10 Exacta £104.60 Trifecta £290.50 Swingers 1&2:£12.50 2&3:£6.50 1&3:£13.40

Jackpot £142,083.50, Pool: £200117.69, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot £60.60, Pool: £970517.56, 11686.68 winning tickets
Quadpot £9.30, Pool: £40783.77, 3221.34 winning tickets


A really hotly contested handicap, which was perhaps emphasised by the fact that it was delayed twice as about 15 horses tried to gain a front-rank position at the fall of the tapes. Ultimately it went the way of DIVERS who was held up last in the early stages. In a rough race, Graham Lee was brave enough to keep to the inside throughout, but the grey made up his ground in eye-catching fashion before the downhill run. As the race was whittled down to half a dozen prospective winners, he still had several lengths to find, but, after being clever at the second-last, he then put in a stunning leap at the last to draw alongside Vino Griego and Quantitativeeasing. He then proceeded to bound up the hill, and whilst Quantitativeeasing chased him hard, he never looked like surrendering his hard-fought lead. The runner-up ran a blinder, as he was never too far off the pace. Most of his jumps, the last especially, were exuberant, however he did make a bit of a mess of the fence after the water (which Swing Bill hit as well) which may have halted his momentum a fraction. Third home was Tullamore Dew. Having attracted plenty of support in the ring, he was never too far off the pace, however he was caught in a bit of a pocket coming down the hill and there's no doubt that he lost some ground as a result. He ran on really well after the last, but the race had gone beyond his grasp by then. Fourth home was Vino Griego, who is a smashing type of horse. A lovely looking beast, he was very keen in the early stages but then helped dispute a (strong) pace for a long way. He emptied when headed at the last, and probably paid the price for over-racing early on. Definity was a very short price for such a competitive handicap after the earlier wins of his jockey Ruby Walsh, and whilst he tried to creep into the race from a midfield position, fifth place really only ever looked the best he would get. He didn't seem to see out his race with much zest and one wonders whether he might have a small respiratory problem. Tharawaat followed him home having threatened to make more of a race of it; he jumped well and is perhaps just a little high in the weights, although perhaps more patient tactics might have aided his cause. Swing Bill could never lead which went against him, whilst Shakalakaboomboom stayed on down the hill to try and latch onto the leaders but his effort petered out. More interesting for the future might be On Borrowed Wings who made up a lot of ground late on from a long way off the pace; he perhaps isn't a total natural over fences at this stage of his career however. Nadiya De La Vega was well-held, but she went off too quick and should be of more interest when her sights are lowered over two miles.