Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase (listed) 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 20 runners)
  • Winner £45,608
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 12.60s
  • Off time: 13:30:29

Full Result

13:30 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 10 Copper Bleu (IRE) P J Hobbs 8 11-1 t1 R Johnson 12/1
SP 12/1 Mid-division on inside, headway 12th, went 3rd after 3 out, led next, ridden and edged right under pressure flat, kept on £20000-£1400 £10000-£800 £5000-£400
2nd 14 Othermix (FR) T R George 6 11-0 b1 P J Brennan 50/1
SP 50/1 Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd after 3 out, soon ridden and every chance, switch right approaching last, kept on flat £60000-£600
3rd ½ 12 The Midnight Club (IRE) W P Mullins 9 11-1 Paul Townend 16/1
SP 16/1 Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 3 out, went 3rd before last, kept on
4th 7 China Rock (IRE) M F Morris 7 11-3 N P Madden 9/1
SP 9/1 In touch on outside, left 2nd 13th, ridden and lost place after 3 out, soon one pace opened 8/1 £50000-£5000 £8000-£1000
5th 8 2 Seven Is My Number (IRE) D Pipe 8 11-9 t Timmy Murphy 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up behind, some headway under pressure 3 out, never able to challenge opened 28/1
6th ½ 6 Fiendish Flame (IRE) D McCain Jnr 6 11-4 J M Maguire 20/1
SP 20/1 Tracked leader, led 6th to next, led again 11th, ridden after 3 out, headed next, kept on same pace opened 25/1
7th 17 Rivaliste (FR) P F Nicholls 5 10-13 R Walsh 6/1f
SP 6/1f Tracked leader pair, blundered 8th, hit 10th, 4th and outpaced when hit 3 out, 6th and beaten last opened 7/1 £5000-£700(x3) £7000-£1000 £3500-£500(x4) £5000-£750 £18000-£3000
8th 1 Take The Breeze (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-10 Harry Skelton (3) 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division on inside, outpaced 3 out, never on terms opened 50/1
9th 6 20 King's Forest (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 6 10-11 Jack Doyle 16/1
SP 16/1 Always behind opened 18/1
10th 22 13 Dave's Dream (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-0 B J Geraghty 10/1
SP 10/1 Mid-division, outpaced 13th, in rear when hampered 4 out
11th 6 18 Gansey (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 8 10-13 R McGrath 25/1
SP 25/1 Soon led, mistake 2nd, headed 6th, led again next until 11th, lost place 13th, weakened 3 out opened 22/1
12th ½ 16 Working Title (IRE) N J Henderson 8 10-13 D Bass (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 12th, weakened from 3 out opened 50/1 £40000-£1000
PU 9 Awesome George A King 6 11-2 Charlie Huxley (3) 28/1
SP 28/1 Always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out
PU 8 Nicanor (FR) N Meade 9 11-2 P Carberry 14/1
SP 14/1 Soon detatched in rear, pulled up before 8th opened 12/1
PU 19 Tanks For That (IRE) N J Henderson 7 10-11 A Tinkler 22/1
SP 22/1 Chased leaders, blundered 4th and 10th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 4 out
PU 15 The Hollinwell Ferdy Murphy 7 11-0 G Lee 12/1
SP 12/1 Towards rear, not fluent 9th, outpaced 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 9/1
F 11 Door Boy (IRE) J Howard Johnson 7 11-1 D F O'Regan 25/1
SP 25/1 In touch, outpaced 13th, lost place when fell next
F 5 Jered (IRE) N Meade 8 11-4 b A P McCoy 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, when jumped big and fell 1st opened 12/1
F 4 Lenabane (IRE) D T Hughes 8 11-6 P W Flood 18/1
SP 18/1 Tracked leaders, fell 5th opened 16/1
UR 3 Hey Big Spender (IRE) C L Tizzard 7 11-8 J Tizzard 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch, chased leader briefly when blundered and unseated rider 13th opened 9/1 £4500-£500 £5000-£600(x2)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £12.00 Tote Place £2.60 £11.20 £5.10 £3.00 Straight Forecast £520.18 Exacta £687.80 Trifecta £5,506.00 Swingers 1&2 £96.80, 2&3 £124.80, 1&3 £40.70

Jackpot £269,605.38 carried forward to Cheltenham, 19th Mar
Placepot £1,180.70, Pool: £892566.8, 551.85 winning tickets
Quadpot £21.40, Pool: £48797.25, 1681.47 winning tickets

Analysis

They went a punishing gallop in this and staying well was the name of the game with COPPER BLEU doing it better than the rest under a cool ride from Richard Johnson. He crept into the race as Gansey and Fiendish Flame took each other on up front with Rivaliste always in the van under Ruby Walsh. The Paul Nicholls-trained favourite made too many mistakes and that ruined his chance but there was nothing but fluency from the winner who jumped with excellence. He took up the running with a super leap at the second last and stayed on well up the hill. Othermix defied his starting price of 50-1 with a fine effort in first-time blinkers and this was by far his best performance for Tom George. If the headgear works again he should win a nice race while The Midnight Club stayed on well for third and he needs at least three miles or softer ground to show his best. China Rock played up a bit beforehand but ran a good race in fourth and was only beaten four lengths despite being more prominent throughout than the three ahead of him.