14:10 Cheltenham

Friday 16 March 2018

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30
  • Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
  • Class 1  |   2m 179y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   24 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:11  |   Winning time: 4m 18.0s
1st
21
610-11
20/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews (3)
Mid-division on outside, closed after 3rd, close up 2 out, challenged last, led flat, kept on well, going away near finish
2nd
2 ¾
9
911-2
33/1
T: C GordonJ: Harry Reed (5)
Tracked leaders, challenged 2nd, led on last bend, headed before hitting last, stayed close up, every chance flat, no impression on winner towards finish
3rd
¾
14
16/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Held up in rear, headway after 2 out, led last, headed flat, held after, kept on op 9/1 tchd 10/1
4th
1 ½
18
14/1
T: J W MullinsJ: Daniel Sansom (5)
Held up in rear, hit 1st, headway on outside before 2 out, led approaching last, soon headed, held final 100 yards, kept on
5th
½
5
14/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway and switched left before last, kept on flat, unable to challenge op 16/1
5th
dh
19
16/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, driven on last bend, disputing 5th when jumped left last, soon hung left, held flat, kept on
7th
7
12
610-13
25/1
T: G ElliottJ: M A Enright
Tracked leaders, 5th on last bend, soon ridden, no impression from last
8th
1
7
12/1
T: B PaulingJ: D A Jacob
Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, chasing leaders on last bend, no impression before last
9th
1 ¼
11
16/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Mid-division, hit 3rd, not much room after 2 out, no impression after, kept on flat tchd 22/1
10th
½
10
25/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Pressed leader, led after 1st, headed next, led after 3rd, headed on last bend, no extra last
11th
1 ¾
20
14/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Held up towards rear, never dangerous
12th
1 ½
25
25/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, lost place before last, weakened flat op 20/1 tchd 22/1
13th
hd
13
12/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, weakened and hampered before last
14th
¾
1
8/1
T: W P MullinsJ: B J Geraghty
Held up in mid-division, headway 2 out, ridden and lost place before last, weakened op 8/1 tchd 11/1
15th
2 ¾
6
16/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh
Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, mistake and pecked 2 out, weakened after last bend
16th
4 ½
16
10/1f
T: Nick WilliamsJ: N D Fehily
Held up in rear, took keen hold, modest headway on inside off last bend, soon weakened op 9/1
17th
11
3
10/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: J J Slevin (3)
Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, well behind after 2 out tchd 28/1
18th
3 ½
17
33/1
T: K FrostJ: Jamie Bargary (3)
Always in rear
19th
19
23
12/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Held up in touch, pulled hard, mistake and lost place 4th, mistake 3 out, well beaten after 2 out op 9/1 tchd 8/1

Also Ran

PU
2
611-9
16/1
T: N J HendersonJ: James Bowen (3)
Mid-division, headway 2 out, never on terms, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before last
PU
4
16/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: Jody McGarvey
Led, headed after 1st, led next, headed after 3rd, ridden and lost place before 2 out, soon behind, pulled up before last
UR
8
12/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Ms K Walsh
Held up in rear, headway on stands side after last bend, chasing leaders when went wrong and unseated rider before last op 14/1
PU
15
25/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Held up in mid-division, mistake 3 out, soon beaten, last 2 out, pulled up before last op 40/1
PU
22
16/1
T: R WalfordJ: James Best
Mid-division on inside, some headway after 2 out, no impression, weakened and pulled up before last
N/A
24
25/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
NonRunner
N/A
27
66/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
NonRunner

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Non-Runners

26
I Shot The Sheriff62
Weight: 10-4|  Age: 11
T: F O'Brien  J: Non Runner
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£63.90Pl:£9.10, £9.80, £2.30, £3.70EX:£3,247.10Trifecta:£16,870.50Tricast:£12,143.05SF:£1,187.40Swingers:£322.40, £83.90, £88.60

Forecasts

Bleu Et Rouge (8/1), Flying Tiger (10/1), Ivanovich Gorbatov (10/1), A Hare Breath (12/1), Meri Devie (12/1), Duca De Thaix (12/1), Sandsend (12/1), Chesterfield (14/1), Lagostovegas (14/1), Ben Dundee (14/1), Whiskey Sour (16/1), Spiritofthegames (16/1), Moon Racer (16/1), Le Richebourg (16/1), Tigris River (16/1), Smaoineamh Alainn (16/1), Jenkins (16/1), Mohaayed (20/1), Brelade (25/1), Sternrubin (25/1), William H Bonney (25/1), Divin Bere (25/1), Brahms De Clermont (25/1), Remiluc (33/1), All Set To Go (33/1), I Shot The Sheriff (33/1), Krugermac (66/1)

Verdict

Last year's winner Arctic Fire was a bit of a bolt from the blue, carrying top-weight, and trainer Willie Mullins will attempt the same feat again with Bleu Et Rouge now. He ran well last time at Haydock, but has a tough job here. Last year's Fred Winter scorer Flying Tiger, along with A Hare Breath and Sandsend are worth considering but WHISKEY SOUR might be the one to give his trainer a third win in four years. He's very consistent in both codes and his run behind Samcro last time is easily forgiven. Chesterfield, Smaoineamh Alainn and Duca De Thaix all help form an extensive shortlist and are capable of having their say.
  1. Whiskey Sour
  2. Flying Tiger
  3. Chesterfield

Previous Winners

2017
Arctic Fire
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 8
20/1

Prize Money

1st: £56,950.002nd: £21,370.003rd: £10,700.004th: £5,330.005th: £2,680.006th: £1,340.00
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