141st Year Of The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) 4m

  • (5yo+, 4m, Class 2, 16 runners)
  • Winner £45,015 2nd £14,062 3rd £7,028 4th £3,518 5th £1,755 6th £885
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 8m 20.90s
  • Off time: 13:30:40

Full Result

13:30 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 8 Chicago Grey (IRE) G Elliott 8 11-6 t Mr Derek O'Connor 5/1f
SP 5/1f Held up behind on inside, steady headway on inside 4 out, tracked leader going well approaching 2 out, soon challenged, led soon after last, ridden and stayed on well flat £2000-£360 £2750-£500(x2) £2200-£400 £1750-£300(x3)
2nd 4 Beshabar (IRE) Tim Vaughan 9 11-6 Mr Tom David 9/1
SP 9/1 Led to 3rd, tracked leaders, joined leader 20th, led again 3 out, hard pressed next, soon ridden, headed soon after last, no impression with winner flat opened 8/1 £3600-£600
3rd 8 5 Be There In Five (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-6 Mr S Waley-Cohen 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch on inside, headway to chase leader after 3 out to next, soon ridden and kept on same pace, no impression from last
4th 2 Alfa Beat (IRE) C Byrnes 7 11-6 p Mr R P McNamara 11/2
SP 11/2 In touch on outside, ridden and effort after 3 out, every chance next, one pace approaching last, no impression flat opened 5/1 £2400-£600 £11000-£200(x2) £11000-£2000 £2750-£500 £1800-£400 £1750-£500
5th 9 15 Some Target (IRE) W P Mullins 7 11-6 Mr P W Mullins 6/1
SP 6/1 In touch, dropped towards rear 8th, headway under pressure before 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression opened 13/2
6th 16 Sona Sasta (IRE) D Pipe 8 11-6 Mr J J Codd 11/1
SP 11/1 Tracked leaders, led 3rd to 5th, led again 8th, mistake 13th, headed 3 out, soon ridden, weakened from next
7th 13 13 Pearlysteps H D Daly 8 11-6 Mr T Greenall 11/1
SP 11/1 Mid-division, driven and outpaced when hit 3 out, never on terms opened 14/1
8th 17 Carlas Dream (IRE) D P Murphy 9 10-13 Mr B O'Neill 200/1
SP 200/1 Held up always towards rear
9th 8 9 Double Pride A King 7 11-6 b Mr D Murphy 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up behind on outside, headway into mid-division 19th, 7th and outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before next
10th ½ 3 Arabella Boy (IRE) E Bolger 6 11-6 Miss N Carberry 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up behind, blundered 12th, outpaced when hit 4 out, beaten when hit next, never near leaders opened 14/1 £8400-£600
11th 7 Chamirey (FR) D McCain Jnr 8 11-6 b Mr R O Harding 14/1
SP 14/1 With leader, led 5th to 8th, tracked leaders, outpaced approaching 3 out, soon ridden and weakened opened 16/1
12th 37 14 Regal Approach (IRE) K C Bailey 8 11-6 p Charles Greene 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division on i9nside, mistake 13th and 20th, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened opened 40/1 £60000-£1200
PU 1 Aberdale (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 7 11-6 t Mr A J Berry 10/1
SP 10/1 Held up mid-division on outside, lost place 21st, behind when pulled up before 3 out
PU 6 Captain Americo (IRE) J Ewart 9 11-6 Mr A T Duff 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, joined leader 10th, hit 18th, lost place 20th, behind from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 £39600-£1200
PU 12 On His Own (IRE) J Howard Johnson 7 11-6 Mr O Greenall 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leaders, mistake 20th, soon lost place and behind, pulled up before 2 out
UR 11 Major Malarkey (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-6 Mr J T Carroll 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leaders until unseated rider 3rd
NR 10 Glenwood Knight (IRE) D McCain Jnr 8 11-6 Mr R Burton

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £5.00 Tote Place £2.30 £3.60 £4.40 Straight Forecast £45.27 Exacta £59.00 Trifecta £1,257.00 Swingers 1&2 £7.00, 2&3 £39.10, 1&3 £20.50

Jackpot £74,164.61 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot £933.20, Pool: £918439.44, 718.42 winning tickets
Quadpot £211.90, Pool: £38065.53, 132.92 winning tickets

Analysis

A race with a great sense of tradition, and it arguably has a bit more of the spotlight in its new place as the opener on day two, as opposed to hidden away on Gold Cup day. This year's renewal saw excellence from both horse and rider, as Derek O'Connor guided CHICAGO GREY to a relatively straight-forward success. Settled at the very back of the field, he popped his fences fairly well, although it's probably fair to say that his fencing is not the most natural thing in the world to witness. However he started to creep into the race at the top of the hill for the final time, and although he had several lengths to find coming down the hill, he was always going to be close enough if good enough. His jockey was brave and went for an inside run around the home turn; he was rewarded with a brave and willing partner, who got the run, and he moved through almost on the bridle to challenge the game Beshabar. A good jump at the last continued his momentum, and he scooted away after the last for a comfortable victory. The runner-up ran a blinder, as after contesting much of the running, he was off the bridle fairly early. However he is nothing if not game and responded to all of Tom David's urgings. Be There In Five was fairly well-held back in third, but having travelled well on the inside for a long way, he still ran a very good race. He didn't look the most obvious contender for the race but exceeded expectations; perhaps a shorter trip will suit next time, but he's very much a promising novice. Alfa Beat was never too far off the pace, leading a chasing group, but he couldn't really pick up when asked. Further back in fifth Some Target never really got into the race, whilst Sona Sasta did best of those who disputed the early pace. Pearlysteps was well-backed but, getting a more patient ride than he has in the past, he never looked like featuring.