Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (grade 1) 2m 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner £210,937
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country Good,Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 53.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:52

Full Result

15:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Binocular (FR) N J Henderson 6 11-10 A P McCoy 9/1
SP 9/1 Held up, improved into 5th approaching 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, led going well soon after next, ran on strongly flat opened 8/1 £20000-£2400
2nd 5 Khyber Kim N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-10 P J Brennan 7/1
SP 7/1 Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, switched left and chased winner approaching last, ran on, no impression
3rd 6 12 Zaynar (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-10 p A Tinkler 15/2
SP 15/2 Chased leader, ridden approaching 3 out, lost 2nd 2 out, beaten when jumped left last, one pace opened 9/1 touched 7/1 £25000-£2500
4th 2 Celestial Halo (IRE) P F Nicholls 6 11-10 bt R Walsh 7/1
SP 7/1 Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, relegated to 4th and beaten before last opened 8/1
5th nse 10 Starluck (IRE) A Fleming 5 11-10 Timmy Murphy 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up towards rear on outside, headway to go 5th approaching last, no impression on leaders opened 12/1
6th 6 9 Solwhit (FR) C Byrnes 6 11-10 D N Russell 6/1
SP 6/1 Held up, went 5th after 2nd, pushed along and lost place before 3 out, soon in rear, no impression after opened 7/1 £10000-£1200 £3500-£500 £6000-£1000
7th ¾ 6 Medermit (FR) A King 6 11-10 R Thornton 11/1
SP 11/1 Held up, went 4th after 2nd, closed approaching 4th, ridden after 3 out, soon struggling opened 10/1 touched 12/1
8th 4 Jumbo Rio (IRE) E J O'Grady 5 11-10 A J Mcnamara 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, not fluent 5th, pushed along approaching 2 out, soon weakened
9th 7 Punjabi N J Henderson 7 11-10 B J Geraghty 15/2
SP 15/2 Chased leaders, closed after 3rd, not fluent next, weakened after 2 out opened 13/2 £7000-£1000
10th hd 3 Go Native (IRE) N Meade 7 11-10 P Carberry 11/4f
SP 11/4f Held up in rear on inside, jumped right 1st, blundered next, headway to go 5th after 2 out, soon weakened, eased flat opened 4/1 £8-£2000 £4000-£1000(x4) £7000-£2000 £2800-£800 £20000-£6000 £10000-£3000 £4000-£1200 £2000-£600 £3000-£1000(x12) £1500-£500(x4) £8000-£2000
11th nk 8 Raise Your Heart (IRE) Ms J Morgan 7 11-10 J Cullen 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up in rear, still going well enough when not much room briefly before 2 out, soon ridden and weakened
12th 19 11 Won In The Dark (IRE) Miss S J Harty 6 11-10 G Lee 40/1
SP 40/1 Raced in 4th until 2nd, weakened approaching 4th, soon well behind, hit 3 out, tailed off

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £10.60 Tote Place £3.40,£2.50,£2.40 Straight Forecast £71.58 Exacta £80.20 Trifecta £608.00 Swingers 1&2:£11.70 2&3:£10.10 1&3:£13.80

Jackpot £109,908.17 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot £98.40, Pool: £895596.75, 6642.06 winning tickets
Quadpot £29.10, Pool: £30280.54, 769.9 winning tickets


After an unimpressive season and a setback just weeks before the race, BINOCULAR bounced back to his very best to win the Champion Hurdle under AP McCoy. Sent off at 9-1 by the punters who made him 6-4 favourite last year, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old hurdled like he did as a juvenile - quick and fluent - and travelled with ease behind the fast pace set by Celestial Halo. Paul Nicholls' charge set off like a hare in first-time blinkers but as he faded after the second last Binocular took up the running and never looked like being caught up the hill. Khyber Kim was a clear second best but chased the winner in vain, while Zaynar ran much better in cheekpieces and stayed on for third despite being pushed along early. Go Native was the disappointment as he found little after being held up while Punjabi travelled well but couldn't go on when asked.