Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 7f

  • (5yo+, 3m 7f, Class 2, 16 runners)
  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155 5th £578 6th £290
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country G/S,Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 8m 32.90s
  • Off time: 15:00:24

Full Result

15:00 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Uncle Junior (IRE) W P Mullins 11 11-8 Mr P W Mullins 9/2
SP 9/2 Held up mid-division, blundered 21st, headway 24th, tracked leading pair 6 out, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, stayed on strongly to go clear from last opened 11/2 £1800-£400 £2500-£500
2nd 11 2 Balthazar King (IRE) P J Hobbs 8 11-8 R Johnson 11/4f
SP 11/4f Led to after 1st, remained in touch, led again 16th to 18th, regained lead 21st, blundered 5 out, mistake and headed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no chance with winner from last £3000-£1000 £1500-£500(x2) £11000-£4000 £2200-£800(x2) £1100-£400(x3) £1650-£600 £5500-£2000
3rd 5 11 Outlaw Pete (IRE) J Halley 8 11-5 Mr Josh Halley 12/1
SP 12/1 Soon towards rear, reminder 10th, headway into mid-division 23rd, ridden to chase leading pair 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression opened 10/1 £12000-£1000 £5000-£350
4th 17 1 Another Jewel (IRE) D P Murphy 10 11-8 D N Russell 66/1
SP 66/1 Detatched in rear, late headway before 3 out, stayed on to take moderate 4th last, never near leaders opened 50/1
5th 15 3 Hello Bud (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 14 11-8 t S Twiston-Davies 25/1
SP 25/1 Prominent, tracked leader 21st, lost place after 4 out, weakened 3 out, beaten when lost 4th last opened 20/1
6th 8 5 Sizing Australia (IRE) H De Bromhead 10 11-8 A E Lynch 11/2
SP 11/2 Tracked leaders, hit 6 out, 6th and outpaced when blundered next, soon weakened opened 6/1 £5500-£1000
7th 16 9 Midnight Haze K C Bailey 10 11-5 Nick Scholfield 11/1
SP 11/1 Tracked leaders, led 14th to 16th, in touch until lost place 6 out, soon weakened
8th 15 Deutschland (USA) W P Mullins 9 10-10 t E Mullins 16/1
SP 16/1 Soon towards rear, struggling 18th, tailed off 4 out
9th 5 16 Wedger Pardy (IRE) K C Bailey 11 10-10 b Miss J Coward 20/1
SP 20/1 Led after 1st, headed 14th, led again 18th to 21st, chased leaders until weakened 6 out, tailed off opened 16/1
10th 25 8 Double Dizzy R H Buckler 11 11-5 t A Glassonbury 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, pushed along from 18th, weakened 6 out, tailed off
11th 50 4 Nikola (FR) N A Twiston-Davies 11 11-8 p David England 66/1
SP 66/1 In touch, blundered 7th, outpaced 6 out, soon weakened, tailed off
PU 7 Bahrain Storm (IRE) Noel Quinlan 9 11-5 b Jack Quinlan 40/1
SP 40/1 Mid-division, struggling when mistake 19th, behind when pulled up after 24th opened 33/1
PU 10 Noble Commander (IRE) G Donnelly 9 11-5 b R M Power 100/1
SP 100/1 Always behind, struggling 18th, tailed off 22nd, pulled up 24th
PU 13 Orphee Des Blins (FR) G W Wroblewski 10 11-1 Jan Faltejsek 11/2
SP 11/2 Chased leaders, outpaced 6 out, weakened 3 out, pulled up before last opened 13/2 £5200-£800
PU 14 Try Catch Me (IRE) Mrs A Batchelor 7 10-13 M J Quinlan 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, struggling 18th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up 24th
PU 12 Vincitore (FR) C E Longsdon 6 11-2 p Miss C V Hart 25/1
SP 25/1 Always towards rear, struggling 18th, soon pulled up opened 33/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £5.60 Tote Place £2.40 £1.50 £2.90 Straight Forecast £16.22 Exacta £18.50 Trifecta £218.30 Swingers 1&2 £2.70, 2&3 £7.30, 1&3 £14.30

Jackpot £41,537.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Nov
Placepot £157.70, Pool: £231859.94, 1073.16 winning tickets
Quadpot £48.80, Pool: £12393.78, 187.81 winning tickets

Analysis

Unusually for one of these contests, they seemed to go a decent pace here with Wedger Pardy setting off at a keen gallop and Balthazar King maintaining the tempo once taking over. That might help to explain how Outlaw Pete, and to a far greater extent, Another Jewel managed to plug on into third and fourth respectively having been a long way adrift after just a few fences. Following up his victory in the contest 12 months ago, UNCLE JUNIOR survived one or two serious errors to win impressively. He may struggle in the other two events staged over the same track later this season as both are handicaps, but races with enthusiasm despite his rising years. Balthazar King deserves extra credit given his positive tactics and he may also have preferred slightly quicker conditions.