16:50 Cheltenham

Friday 17 March 2017

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

    Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 2  |   2m 4f 56y  |   Good  |   23 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:52  |   Winning time: 4m 55.8s
1st
Horse silk
12
12/1
T: G ElliottJ: J J Slevin
In touch in mid-division on outside, effort after 3 out, challenged next, soon led, driven and stayed on well flat op 20/1
2nd
Horse silk
2 ¼
23
811-0
25/1
T: P J HobbsJ: Tom Cheesman
Tracked leaders, hit 3rd, every chance before last, stayed on under pressure flat, no impression on winner final 100 yards op 20/1
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¼
5
9/1
T: G ElliottJ: D Meyler
In touch in mid-division, effort before 2 out, challenging for 2nd on home turn, unable to quicken last, stayed on final 100 yards op 8/1 tchd 10/1 in a place
4th
Horse silk
½
10
13/2
T: Nick WilliamsJ: Lizzie Kelly
Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, kept on under pressure flat op 15/2
5th
Horse silk
nk
15
20/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Ned Curtis
Held up towards rear on outside, pushed along after 3 out, closed next, soon slightly outpaced, not clear run and switched right before last, stayed on flat
6th
Horse silk
1 ¾
2
33/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews
Held up in mid-division, headway after 3 out, travelling strongly before 2 out, driven approaching last, no extra final 50 yards op 28/1
7th
Horse silk
6
14
15/2
T: P J HobbsJ: C Gethings
Held up in rear, headway after 2 out, tracking leaders on stands side before last, no extra flat tchd 7/1
8th
Horse silk
3
22
9/2f
T: W P MullinsJ: A W Short (5)
Held up rear of mid-division, stayed on approaching last, never going pace to get involved op 5/1 tchd 4/1
9th
Horse silk
1 ¼
19
14/1
T: Tim VaughanJ: H Cobden
Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden before 2 out, 8th and fading when not fluent last, weakened op 16/1
10th
Horse silk
hd
9
11/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Jonathan Moore
Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway before 2 out, tracking leaders on home turn, weakened before last op 10/1 tchd 12/1 in a place
11th
Horse silk
3 ½
4
20/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Stan Sheppard
Held up in touch, ridden and lost place after 2 out, weakened before last op 18/1
12th
Horse silk
6
1
20/1
T: G ElliottJ: Cian Collins (3)
Held up in mid-division, hampered on inside after 3 out, well beaten after
13th
Horse silk
¾
16
33/1
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Killian Moore
Pressed leader, not fluent and went right 1st, lost 2nd 2 out, weakened before last
14th
Horse silk
sh
13
100/1
T: J NashJ: Kieron Edgar
Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, nudged along after 3 out, never involved op 80/1
15th
Horse silk
½
8
811-4
50/1
T: C GordonJ: Harry Reed (3)
In touch in mid-division on inside, hit 2 out, soon beaten
16th
Horse silk
2 ¾
6
20/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Jack Sherwood
Tracked leaders on inside, lost place before 3 out, well beaten next op 16/1
17th
Horse silk
hd
17
100/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Lewis Gordon (5)
Held up in rear, behind 4 out
18th
Horse silk
13
11
33/1
T: D PipeJ: David Noonan
Held up in mid-division, not fluent and struggling 3 out, well beaten after
19th
Horse silk
sh
18
80/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Jamie Bargary
Held up in rear, hampered 2nd, modest progress 2 out, soon weakened
20th
Horse silk
48
24
33/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond (5)
Prominent, ridden and weakened before 2 out, soon behind

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
3
50/1
T: A KingJ: Thomas Bellamy
Mid-division, fell 2nd
PU
Horse silk
7
20/1
T: A J MartinJ: S A Shortall
Mid-division, took keen hold, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next
UR
Horse silk
21
10/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Charlie Deutsch
Held up, badly hampered and unseated rider 2nd op 12/1

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Non-Runners

20
Horse silk
Protek Des Flos36
Weight: 11-1|  Age: 5
T: N J Henderson  J: Jack Savage
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£16.70Pl:£3.50, £8.60, £2.50, £2.40EX:£525.10Trifecta:£5,653.30Tricast:£2,854.83SF:£286.74Swingers:£71.40, £23.00, £64.60

Forecasts

Battleford (9/2), Coo Star Sivola (13/2), No Comment (15/2), Runfordave (9/1), Rather Be (10/1), Castello Sforza (11/1), Champagne Classic (12/1), Dadsintrouble (14/1), Thomas Campbell (20/1), Tommy Silver (20/1), Taglietelle (20/1), Lac Fontana (20/1), I Shot The Sheriff (20/1), Protek Des Flos (20/1), Verni (25/1), Born Survivor (33/1), Doesyourdogbite (33/1), Dell' Arca (33/1), Catamaran Du Seuil (33/1), Remiluc (50/1), Gibralfaro (50/1), Ballyhill (80/1), Massini's Trap (100/1), Pain Au Chocolat (100/1)

Verdict

It goes without saying that this is a competitive heat and it’s made harder by the fact that plenty of them are making their handicap debuts. In past years the race has been dominated by Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins, who between them have taken five of the last six renewals. They each have two representatives this time with Lac Fontana looking to be the best of the Nicholls duo. Mullins saddles two fascinating contenders in Castello Sforza and BATTLEFORD who could be very well handicapped and matches the profile of the previous winners from this yard. No Comment probably carries some of the strongest form into the race and it’s no surprise to see him towards the head of the market off what looks to be a good mark of 137. The trainer of No Comment also has a decent second string in the improving Verni while the strong travelling Champagne Classic and I Shot The Sheriff are two more interesting Irish contenders both capable of travelling well into this race. Runfordave will have his supporters for the Elliott team that are well represented here, although he will just need to brush up his jumping a little.
  1. Battleford
  2. No Comment
  3. Lac Fontana

Prize Money

1st: £37,167.002nd: £14,086.003rd: £6,994.004th: £3,198.005th: £1,606.006th: £962.00

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