17:30 Cheltenham

Friday 16 March 2018

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Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Class 1  |   2m 62y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   22 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 17:32  |   Winning time: 4m 21.8s
Weighed In
1st
7
14/1
T: P F NichollsJ: B J Geraghty
Towards rear, headway 5 out, chased leaders after 3 out, 4th when switched towards inside between last 2, ridden and ran on to lead after last, asserted clear flat op 8/1 tchd 9/1
2nd
4 ½
4
1111-10
16/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: J E Moore
Led, clear 8th to before 3 out, ridden between last 2, headed after last, readily outpaced by winner flat, just held on for 2nd near finish
3rd
nk
9
16/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: D N Russell
In touch on inside, outpaced when hampered 3 out, ridden after next, stayed on under pressure flat, just failed for 2nd near finish, no impression with winner op 10/1 tchd 7/1
4th
½
21
810-13
10/1
T: N J HendersonJ: J McGrath
Tracked leaders, travelled well in 4th after 3 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, kept on but always held from last
5th
6
15
20/1
T: H De BromheadJ: J J Slevin (3)
Tracked leader, mistake 8th, close up 3 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, kept on but no impression from last tchd 14/1
6th
4 ½
24
25/1
T: P HendersonJ: P J Brennan
Behind, hampered 2nd, struggling 4 out, some late headway when blundered 2 out, soon ridden, kept on, not pace to threaten leaders op 25/1
7th
3 ¾
11
511-5
14/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Chased leaders to 6th (water), towards rear when hit 8th, in rear 3 out, stayed on past beaten horses after last, never near leaders tchd 14/1
8th
1
22
20/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews (3)
Behind, mistake 6th (water), outpaced 3 out, plugged on past beaten horses approaching last, never near leaders
9th
½
3
12/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: R M Power
Towards rear, not fluent 5 out, headway under pressure after 3 out, kept on same pace, never near leaders op 18/1 tchd 14/1
10th
7
23
33/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: A P Cawley
Reluctant to race and lost ground start, always behind
11th
3 ½
18
14/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Jamie Bargary (3)
Disputed lead until blundered 2nd, tracked leader, mistake 4 out, weakened after next
12th
3
12
25/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T J O'Brien
Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace when blundered 2 out, soon weakened op 40/1
13th
14
1
16/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Never better than mid-division, weakened after 3 out, behind when hit last, tailed off op 20/1 tchd 28/1
14th
23
5
10/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Mid-division, outpaced before 3 out, weakened next, tailed off
15th
16
13
1211-5
25/1
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. (7)
Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off

Also Ran

N/A
2
20/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Mid-division, tracked leaders on outside after 4th, close up when bumped 4 out, disputed 3rd and every chance when fell next tchd 8/1
PU
8
7/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: M P Walsh
Mid-division, hampered 2nd, blundered 5th, weakening when blundered 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last op 14/1 tchd 9/1
UR
10
1111-7
14/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Hampered 2nd, behind when jinked right and unseated rider next op 20/1
F
14
1011-2
16/1
T: H De BromheadJ: N D Fehily
Mid-division, headway on outside after 4 out, close up in 3rd next, every chance 2 out, one pace when fell last op 16/1 tchd 25/1
PU
16
20/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Chased leaders to 4th, soon towards rear, blundered 4 out, weakened and pulled up before next
F
17
1011-2
25/1
T: Henry OliverJ: J M Davies
Chased leaders, fell 2nd op 18/1 tchd 14/1
BD
19
16/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Mid-division when badly hampered and brought down 2nd tchd 9/1
N/A
20
33/1

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Betting

Forecast

Don't Touch It (7/1), North Hill Harvey (8/1), Theinval (10/1), Vaniteux (10/1), Rock The World (12/1), Le Prezien (14/1), Dolos (14/1), Foxtail Hill (14/1), Valdez (14/1), Gino Trail (16/1), Top Gamble (16/1), Garde La Victoire (16/1), Bouvreuil (16/1), Some Plan (16/1), Three Stars (20/1), Born Survivor (20/1), Townshend (20/1), Forest Bihan (20/1), Doitforthevillage (25/1), Sizing Platinum (25/1), Eastlake (25/1), Dresden (25/1), Bright New Dawn (33/1), The Game Changer (33/1)

Verdict
This race always sees a helter-skelter end to the card and generally a gamble or two. The Irish look to have a relatively strong hand again with last year’s winner Rock The World returning although he’s not shown his best this year. Neither has Don’t Touch It but he could well be the plot horse of the race with a market watch advised. Vaniteux is another who looks to have been laid out for this but in a race where novices have done well NORTH HILL HARVEY can make the most of his mark and course experience. Dolos is another novice with a chance with Bouvreuil and Townshend two others worth a second glance at decent odds.
  1. North Hill Harvey
  2. Don't Touch It
  3. Dolos

Previous Winners

2017
Rock The World
Weight: 11-5  |Age: 9
Weight: 11-5  |  
Age: 9  |  
J: R M Power
  |  
T: Mrs J Harrington
10/1
Prize Money
1st: £62,645.002nd: £23,507.003rd: £11,770.004th: £5,863.005th: £2,948.006th: £1,474.00

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