17:30 Cheltenham

Tuesday 12 March 2024

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Maureen Mullins National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   3m 5f 201y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf  |   Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:31  |   Winning time: 8m 25.8s
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Corbetts Crossh134
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: Mr Derek O'Connor| T: E Mullins| OR:  150| BF
15/8
A close second when departing at the final flight in last season's Albert Bartlett and has taken well to chasing this time round, notably second in 3m Leopardstown Grade 1 novice over Christmas. In process of running well when brought down 3 out at Fairyhouse since. Hood on. Capable of even better.
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Embassy Gardensh144
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Mr P W Mullins| T: W P Mullins| OR:  150
7/4
Useful over hurdles but has really come into his own over fences, winning a Punchestown maiden and Naas Grade 3 around 3m this winter. His strength at the finish last time points to this trip suiting. Fitted with a first-time hood. Looks sure to make bold bid to extend unbeaten chase record to 3.
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Henry's Friendp24
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7| J: Mr Jack Andrews| T: B Pauling| OR:  142
33/1
Dual winner over hurdles who has improved for switch to chasing, coping with the step up to Graded level when edging out Kilbeg King in Reynoldstown at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces last time. Could be more to come for an in-from stable which has tasted success in this before.
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Kilbeg Kingp,t24
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: Mr William Biddick| T: A J Honeyball| OR:  142
20/1
Useful novice hurdler at up to 3m last season and has taken well to chasing this term, backing up his improved 14¼ lengths third to Il Est Francais in Kauto Star at Kempton over Christmas when narrowly denied by Henry's Friend in the Reynoldstown at Ascot.
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Mr Vangop118
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Miss Gina Andrews| T: Sara Bradstock| OR:  132
14/1
Maiden hurdle winner last season and this former point scorer has quickly made up into a much better chaser, producing a useful performance when routing his rivals in last month's Devon National at Exeter. Needs improvement but he won't lack for stamina. Cheekpieces go on for the first time.
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Salvador Ziggy143
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: Mr R James| T: G Elliott| OR:  154| BF
10/1
Smart form when winning first 3 starts over fences and ran cracker when losing his unbeaten chase record in the Kerry National at Listowel in September, finishing second of 17 under a big weight. Below par over hurdles in US in October but good chance he'll bounce back returned to larger obstacles.
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Apple Away24
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-0| J: Mr B O'Neill| T: Miss Lucinda V Russell| OR:  137| BF
5/1
Won a 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle last season and has taken well to fences this time round, placing in 3m Grade 2s at Warwick and Ascot (2½ lengths third to Henry's Friend and Kilbeg King) in recent months. This increased stamina test promises to suit her.
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Forecasts

Embassy Gardens (7/4), Corbetts Cross (15/8), Apple Away (5/1), Salvador Ziggy (10/1), Mr Vango (14/1), Kilbeg King (20/1), Henry's Friend (33/1)

Verdict

It's likely the recent Irish domination of this will continue, with CORBETTS CROSS taken to prove just too strong for Embassy Gardens, whose trainer/jockey are seeking a hat-trick of wins in this, and Kerry National runner-up Salvador Ziggy.

Previous Winners

2023
10/11
2022
Weight: 11-6  |Age: 7
2/1
2021
Weight: 11-6  |Age: 7
7/2
2020
Weight: 11-6  |Age: 10
12/1
2019
Weight: 11-6  |Age: 7
14/1
2018
Weight: 11-6  |Age: 10
13/2
2017
Weight: 11-6  |Age: 7
16/1

Prize Money

1st: £60,388.002nd: £30,188.003rd: £15,112.004th: £7,550.005th: £3,775.006th: £1,875.007th: £950.008th: £475.00

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