Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Amateur Riders) 3m 1f 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f 110y, Class 2, 23 runners)
  • Winner £29,980 2nd £9,365 3rd £4,680 4th £2,340 5th £1,170 6th £590
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 35.20s
  • Off time: 16:41:58

Full Result

16:40 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 3 Sunnyhillboy (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 9 11-11 Mr A J Berry 13/2f
SP 13/2f Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 14th, chased leaders on inside approaching 2 out, went 2nd last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well opened 6/1 touched 15/2 £10000-£1200 £20000-£3200
2nd 6 Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) N F Glynn 9 11-9 Mr R P McNamara 9/1
SP 9/1 Led, headed 3 out, regained lead next, soon ridden, headed flat, kept on same pace opened 12/1 £7000-£500 £12000-£1000 £10000-£800 £6000-£500 £6000-£500
3rd 2 Exmoor Ranger (IRE) V R A Dartnall 10 11-12 p1 Mr Joshua Guerriero 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch on outside, headway 3 out, challenged and every chance next, kept on until ridden and one pace flat
4th 1 Up The Beat W P Mullins 7 11-12 Mr P W Mullins 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up behind, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, effort on outside 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat £9000-£1000 £24000-£3000
5th 10 Start Me Up (IRE) C F Swan 8 11-4 Miss N Carberry 10/1
SP 10/1 Tracked leaders, headway when hit 3 out, soon chased leaders, effort next, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression flat opened 12/1 £11000-£1000
6th ½ 21 Time For Spring (IRE) C E Longsdon 8 10-11 p Mr S Waley-Cohen 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leaders, headway 3 out, effort when hit next, kept on same pace approaching last, ridden and no impression flat
7th ½ 15 Be There In Five (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-3 Mr N De Boinville (5) 33/1
SP 33/1 In touch, ridden to chase leaders 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression
8th 23 Gurtacrue (IRE) Evan Williams 7 10-9 Mr T Weston 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division, headway when mistake and pecked 4 out, outpaced next, no impression from 2 out £32000-£2000
9th 2 9 Benbane Head (USA) M Keighley 8 11-5 t Matt O'connor 25/1
SP 25/1 Soon tracked leader, led 3 out to next, weakened flat
10th 11 Your Busy (IRE) J Nash 9 11-4 t Ms K Walsh 25/1
SP 25/1 Raced keenly, mid-division on inside, tracked leaders 16th, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace approaching next, weakened last
11th 4 13 The Hollinwell Ferdy Murphy 9 11-3 be Mr J T Carroll 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, not fluent 12th, soon struggling, never near leaders
12th 17 Brackloon High (IRE) Noel T Chance 7 11-1 Mr R O Harding 10/1
SP 10/1 Always towards rear opened 11/1 touched 9/1 £11000-£1000
13th 4 22 Sona Sasta (IRE) D Pipe 9 10-11 b1 Mr M Ennis (5) 16/1
SP 16/1 Reluctant to race, in rear, headway into mid-division halfway, outpaced 3 out, never threatened leaders opened 20/1
14th ½ 16 Frontier Spirit (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-3 Mr C Cully (3) 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, never dangerous
15th 7 Mostly Bob (IRE) P J Hobbs 9 11-5 t Mr M G Nolan (7) 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division, mistake 3rd, soon behind, no danger after opened 25/1 £10000-£400
16th 10 19 Fredo (IRE) Ian Williams 8 11-1 p Mr J Hodson (5) 40/1
SP 40/1 Chased leaders to 15th, soon behind opened 50/1
17th 14 4 Swing Bill (FR) D Pipe 11 11-9 Mr D Edwards (3) 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, lost place 15th, soon behind
18th 18 14 Summery Justice (IRE) Miss V Williams 8 11-3 Mr W Biddick 10/1
SP 10/1 Prominent to 3rd, soon behind, struggling from 10th, tailed off opened 11/1 £20000-£1800 £5500-£500 £5000-£500
19th 12 Adams Island (IRE) P Nolan 8 11-4 bt Mr B O'Neill 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division, mistake 2nd, went prominent 6th, mistake 14th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 20/1 £8000-£500
20th 35 20 Piraya (FR) D Pipe 9 11-1 pt Mr M Heard (7) 66/1
SP 66/1 Always towards rear, tailed off 3 out
21st 18 Slippers Percy (IRE) Miss J S Davis 10 11-1 t Mr A Morley (7) 100/1
SP 100/1 In touch on outside, blundered 14th, soon lost place and behind, tailed off
PU 5 Faasel (IRE) D Pipe 11 11-9 bt Mr K Edgar (7) 16/1
SP 16/1 Always towards rear, tailed off when pulled up before last opened 14/1
F 8 Midnight Appeal A King 7 11-5 b Mr R G Henderson (3) 10/1
SP 10/1 Towards rear, outpaced 4 out, ridden next, never on terms, well beaten when fell last
NR 24 The Sawyer (BEL) R H Buckler 12 10-9 Mr M Wall (3)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £6.90 Tote Place £2.70 £2.60 £11.80 £2.90 Straight Forecast £60.40 Exacta £75.00 Trifecta £4,314.90 Swingers 1&2 £15.60, 2&3 £266.70, 1&3 £47.60

Jackpot £21,052.60, Pool: £94551.19, 9.5 winning tickets
Placepot £309.50, Pool: £936524.56, 2208.36 winning tickets
Quadpot £12.60, Pool: £46213.6, 2703.93 winning tickets

Analysis

Those towards the head of the weights have held the upper hand in recent renewals with Ballabriggs and Character Building defying top-weight and Junior carrying 11-6 to victory and that trend was continued with SUNNYHILLBOY staying on best of all. Disappointing when a well-backed favourite for the Spinal Research handicap here in December, he had shaped adequately over hurdles on heavy ground at Haydock in February which had presumably put him spot on for this contest. He hadn't previously won beyond two and a half miles but there were no stamina concerns for last season's Irish National third who took advantage of a handicap mark that still appeared to have some mileage to it and he could now head for Aintree. That could also be the plan for Becauseicouldntsee whose connections also had to settle for second with their charge in the 2010 National Hunt Chase. The nine year old got no further than the second at Aintree 12 months ago but that hasn't proved a barrier to success for previous National winners and the conditions will hold no fear for him. Exmoor Ranger is vulnerable to better handicapped rivals from his current perch while his tendency to clobber a fence has also cost him in the past but he travelled and jumped well in the first-time cheekpieces; it would be no surprise to see him return to Sandown for another crack at the valuable end of season handicap in which he pulled up last year. Up The Beat had delighted connections in a racecourse gallop on faster ground and proved that conditions held no fears for him here with a solid run. This was just the ninth start of his career and fourth over fences and he's open to further improvement. Start Me Up has struggled to win over obstacles but has proved a fairly consistent performer and is a decent benchmark for the form. He's relatively unexposed over fences but will probably need to find some improvement from somewhere if he's to pick up a decent prize. Time For Spring had to conclusively prove his stamina for this trip and put a poor run at Sandown behind him which he did but he was probably biting off a little more than he could chew in this company. He can benefit from having his sights lowered. Midnight Appeal had won that race at Sandown and this fairly consistent performer was expected to play a leading role on the back of that success but failed to get involved with Brackloon High another progressive chaser who failed to run his race. In contrast, Be There In Five, who had failed to complete in three starts after finishing third in the National Hunt Chase last year, returned to somewhere near his best. He has run many of his best races in the spring and it will be interesting to see if he can build on this over the next six weeks or so. The lightly raced Summery Justice looked interestingly treated on the pick of his form but was soon struggling and now has a little to prove although softer ground may well help to show him in a better light.