17:30 Cheltenham

Wednesday 13 March 2019

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

    Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)

  • 4YO to 6YO  |   Class 1  |   2m 87y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:30  |   Winning time: 3m 55.9s
1st
Horse silk
3
2/1f
T: G ElliottJ: Mr J J Codd
Held up mid-division on outside, steady headway over 4f out, challenged 3f out, led turning in, shaken up over 1f out, ridden and stayed on when hard pressed inside final furlong, held on well op 10/3 tchd 9/2 in places
2nd
Horse silk
¾
13
410-11
7/2
T: W P MullinsJ: B J Geraghty
Mid-division, headway over 3f out, driven to chase leaders turning in, ridden into 2nd over 1f out, stayed on to press winner and every chance inside final furlong, just held op 5/2 tchd 9/2 in places
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¾
11
20/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Tracked leaders, effort 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd inside final furlong op 25/1
4th
Horse silk
3 ¼
1
14/1
T: G ElliottJ: Ms Lisa O'Neill
Held up in touch, lost place halfway, smooth headway 4f out, led narrowly 3f out, headed turning in, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, well held in 4th final furlong op 11/1
5th
Horse silk
1 ½
12
20/1
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never able to challenge op 25/1
6th
Horse silk
½
8
511-5
12/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: Mr Derek O'Connor
Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 3f out, chased leaders turning in, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong op 10/1
7th
Horse silk
9
9
100/1
T: N J HawkeJ: S Bowen
Led, driven and headed 3f out, soon lost place, ridden and weakened over 1f out
8th
Horse silk
sh
7
7/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: D O'Brien
Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, never able to challenge, weakened final furlong tchd 15/2 and 8/1 in a place
9th
Horse silk
¾
2
13/2
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Held up in touch, outpaced over 3f out, never on terms, weakened over 1f out tchd 7/1
10th
Horse silk
2
4
33/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
In touch on inside, driven over 2f out, never on terms, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong
11th
Horse silk
1 ¼
10
100/1
T: M ScudamoreJ: Brendan Powell
Behind, outpaced 3f out, never involved op 150/1
12th
Horse silk
nk
6
12/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Pressed leader, lost place 3f out, soon outpaced, weakened over 1f out op 14/1
13th
Horse silk
¾
14
410-11
66/1
T: M MeadeJ: N D Fehily
Held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, never involved op 80/1 tchd 100/1
14th
Horse silk
1
5
511-5
66/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Jamie Bargary
Held up behind, struggling 4f out, never a threat op 50/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£2.90Pl:£1.50, £2.00, £4.70EX:£12.30Trifecta:£263.50Tricast:£109.79SF:£8.00Swingers:£1.20, £7.60, £12.20

Forecasts

Envoi Allen (2/1), Blue Sari (7/2), Ask For Glory (13/2), Meticulous (7/1), Sempo (12/1), Master Debonair (12/1), Abacadabras (14/1), Thyme Hill (20/1), The Glancing Queen (20/1), Flic Ou Voyou (33/1), Cascova (66/1), Jelski (66/1), Some Detail (100/1), Thor De Cerisy (100/1)

Verdict

The smallest field for the Champion bumper since 17 went to post in 2000 but for all that this should still prove to be a fascinating race. Envoi Allen is the obvious starting point and he’ll be hard to beat with plenty of experience on his side but the horse that he conquered at Leopardstown METICULOUS will be better suited by a stronger gallop and could take his revenge. The fact that Willie Mullins relies on one contender and a four-year-old at that should be taken as a positive for Blue Sari. Sempo gives the trainer of the selection Joseph O’Brien a very valid second chance in the race with Mister Debonair and Ask For Glory the main GB players.
  1. Meticulous
  2. Blue Sari
  3. Envoi Allen

Previous Winners

2018
Relegate
Weight: 10-12  |Age: 5
25/1

Prize Money

1st: £42,202.002nd: £15,900.003rd: £7,958.004th: £3,975.005th: £1,995.006th: £998.007th: £495.008th: £255.00

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