Byrne Group Plate (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 20 runners)
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005 5th £2,010 6th £1,005
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 8.10s
  • Off time: 16:00:32

Full Result

16:00 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 13 Holmwood Legend P R Rodford 10 10-9 K Burke (3) 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, led soon after, 3 lengths clear when mistake last, ridden and stayed on well flat
2nd 16 Aimigayle Miss S Smith 8 10-6 C Bolger 25/1
SP 25/1 Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, stayed on under presure approaching last, always held flat
3rd 18 Beautiful Sound (IRE) G Elliott 9 10-6 J M Maguire 9/2f
SP 9/2f Held up in rear, outpaced when hampered 4 out, ridden and headway after next, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd flat, never reached leading pair opened 11/2
4th 5 2 Consigliere (FR) D Pipe 8 11-10 bt T Scudamore 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, headway and in touch 12th, effort 2 out, switched left to chase leading pair approaching last, soon ridden and one pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat
5th 2 12 Call Me A Legend A King 7 11-0 R Thornton 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, driven and headway 3 out, ridden and effort on inside approaching next, kept on same pace under pressure approaching last, never troubled leaders opened 18/1
6th ½ 10 Matuhi D Pipe 8 11-0 t C O'Farrell (5) 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up behind, headway into mid-division when hampered 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression
7th 3 9 Quartz de Thaix (FR) Miss V Williams 7 11-2 Aidan Coleman 7/1
SP 7/1 In touch on outside, outpaced after 4 out soon ridden, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 13/2 £3000-£400 £2800-£700
8th 20 Bible Lord (IRE) Andrew Turnell 10 10-5 Nick Scholfield 20/1
SP 20/1 Not fluent 1st, tracked leader, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on under pressure until weakened before 2 out opened 25/1
9th 5 4 Edgbriar (FR) P R Webber 9 11-6 p D Elsworth 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on under pressure until weakened before last £10000-£700
10th 5 19 Storymaker Miss S E Forster 10 10-5 P Aspell 100/1
SP 100/1 Behind, mistake 9th (water), soon outpaced, stayed on from 3 out, never near leaders
11th 1 Tatenen (FR) R Rowe 7 11-12 A Thornton 33/1
SP 33/1 Towards rear of mid-division, blundered 4th, struggling 11th, hampered 4 out, never near leaders
12th 11 Gansey (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 9 11-0 P Buchanan 25/1
SP 25/1 Tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed after next, soon ridden and lost place, weakened after 2 out £20000-£600 £19800-£600
13th 26 7 Aigle D'or N J Henderson 8 11-3 A P McCoy 11/2
SP 11/2 Mid-division, outpaced when hampered 4 out, never near leaders opened 9/2 £11000-£2000 £6750-£1500 £10000-£2000 £1500-£300
14th 5 Hollo Ladies (IRE) Ferdy Murphy 6 11-4 G Lee 9/1
SP 9/1 Behind, struggling 11th, never dangerous £10000-£1000 £8500-£1000
15th 5 21 I'm A Legend N P Mulholland 9 10-4 p M J Quinlan (7) 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division on inside, blundered 4th, in touch 6th, outpaced 9th, lost place when blundered 4 out, soon weakened opened 25/1
PU 14 Peplum (FR) G L Moore 8 10-8 J E Moore 18/1
SP 18/1 Mid-division, pushed along from 7th, under presure when hampered 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 20/1 touched 16/1
PU 6 Piraya (FR) D Pipe 8 11-3 pt J W Farrelly 33/1
SP 33/1 Behind, lost touch 5th, pulled up after 7th
PU 17 Plein Pouvoir (FR) Miss V Williams 8 10-6 R T Dunne (5) 50/1
SP 50/1 Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, mistake and lost place 12th, weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up before next opened 40/1
F 15 Just Smudge Miss V Williams 9 10-7 S Thomas 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, lost place 11th, under pressure when fell 4 out opened 40/1
F 8 You're The Top (FR) N J Henderson 7 11-2 B J Geraghty 16/1
SP 16/1 In touch, tracked leaders in 6th when fell 4 out
NR 3 Crescent Island (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-6 P J Brennan

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £41.00 Tote Place £8.40,£6.20,£1.40,£6.70 Straight Forecast £513.44 Exacta £977.70 Trifecta £8967.40 Swingers 1&2:£143.50 2&3:£35.40 1&3:£26.30

Jackpot £157,074.84 carried forward to Cheltenham, 18th Mar
Placepot £219.20, Pool: £902226.06, 3003.34 winning tickets
Quadpot £25.60, Pool: £38127.21, 1101.17 winning tickets


Pat Rodford saddled Sparky May to be second in the David Nicholson Mares' race on Tuesday but he went one place better here with a ten-year-old handicapper who seems to have suddenly sprung to life. HOLMWOOD LEGEND was a comfortable winner at Sandown just five days previous, picking up a 5lb penalty which ensured a run in this contest. Never too far off a strong tempo set by Aimigayle, Bible Lord and Edgbriar, he jumped soundly for Keiran Burke (who will soon take over the training license from Rodford) and moved into the lead just after the third last whilst still travelling well. His rider sensibly kicked him on at this point, and although he was a bit untidy at the last, there was no danger of anything else flying home to pick him up. Aimigayle had been pulled-up on her previous start, but she ran a great race. Always up with the pace, she got a little shuffled back three from home but stayed on dourly after the last for second. She's been a good horse for the yard and will be a player when faced with her own sex again. The eye-catcher of the race was Beautiful Sound. Connections would have preferred to have run him over further, and after jumping poorly for the first circuit it was fairly clear that he was going to struggle. He really started to motor coming down the hill though and was making up ground hand over fist near the line. He's not the most experienced over fences, and probably found this coming too soon in his career, however he'd be a fascinating contender for something like the Kim Muir in 12 months time. Consigliere is fairly handicapped and he proved this point by staying on for a never truly threatening fourth, just ahead of the game mare Call Me A Legend who also came from off the pace. Matuhi was hampered by the fall of Just Smudge four fences from home but ran on well after, whilst Bible Lord paid the price for trying to match strides with the pace-setters early on; a late mistake didn't help either. Storymaker was an eye-catcher as he stayed on from another parish, whilst Gansey tried to match strides with the early leaders but got very tired after the turn for home. Hollo Ladies jumped poorly in the rear and disappointed as did the well-backed Aigle D'or who was kept to the inside throughout but several mistakes didn't aid his cause; a shorter trip also seems to suit better, as does bullying inferior rivals.