16:50 Cheltenham

Friday 15 March 2019

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

Class 1  |   2m 62y  |   Good to Soft  |   19 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 16:50  |   Winning time: 4m 5.29s

1st
17
1210-12
66/1
T: B I CaseJ: Kielan Woods
Tracked leader, led 10th, hard pressed from last, stayed on well, well on top close home
2nd
1 ½
5
11/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: P J Brennan
In touch in mid-division, headway on inside 9th, close 3rd 2 out, challenged last, every chance flat, no impression close home op 12/1
3rd
2 ½
19
8/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost
Tracked leaders, took keen hold, 2nd when not fluent 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, kept on but held by leading pair flat tchd 7/1
4th
1
1
33/1
T: B EllisonJ: Danny Cook
Tracked leaders on inside, not much room after 3 out, not clear run before 2 out, soon switched right, went 3rd briefly flat, unable to challenge, edged right, no extra towards finish
5th
3 ½
18
6/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Held up in mid-division, mistake 2nd and 6th (water), headway before 4 out, chasing leaders 2 out, stayed on same pace flat op 9/2
6th
1 ¼
15
910-12
33/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond (5)
Some mistakes, held up in rear, headway 3 out, kept on, never on terms with leaders op 28/1
7th
nk
8
8/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Held up in rear, pushed along after 4 out, headway after 3 out, kept on, never on terms op 10/1
8th
1 ½
16
11/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up in rear, mistake 1st and 5th, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on, never nearer op 12/1
9th
1 ¼
12
33/1
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. (5)
Held up towards rear, some headway 2 out, never on terms
10th
4 ½
4
9/2f
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
In touch in mid-division, headway 9th, ridden and beaten before 2 out, soon weakened op 5/1
11th
nk
3
8/1
T: P F NichollsJ: B J Geraghty
Held up in mid-division, hit 10th, headway after 4 out, beaten 2 out, weakened last op 10/1
12th
4
7
33/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: Richard Patrick (3)
Mid-division, ridden and weakening when mistake 2 out
13th
1 ½
9
25/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Rear of mid-division, mistakes, well beaten when blundered 3 out tchd 20/1
14th
16
11
18/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: M A Enright
Chased leaders until 8th, well beaten 4 out op 16/1 tchd 20/1
15th
3
10
50/1
T: Jennie CandlishJ: Sean Quinlan
Held up in rear on outside, mistake 3 out, well beaten after

Also Ran

PU
2
1211-11
14/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: R Johnson
Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 10th, mistake 4 out, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next op 18/1
PU
13
7/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Held up in mid-division, blundered badly 4 out, well beaten after, pulled up before 2 out op 13/2 tchd 8/1
PU
14
33/1
T: R WalfordJ: James Best
Tracked leaders, hit 4th, blundered badly 7th, slow and lost place 9th, mistake 4 out, well behind next, pulled up before 2 out
PU
20
50/1
T: Kevin FrostJ: G Sheehan
Held up towards rear, not jump well, reminder 7th, pulled up before 10th

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Non-Runners

6
Diakali78
Weight: 11-6|  Age: 10
T: G L Moore  J: Joshua Moore
Betting

Forecast

Magic Saint (9/2), Not Another Muddle (6/1), Mind's Eye (7/1), Brelan D'As (8/1), Whatswrongwithyou (8/1), Le Prezien (8/1), Bun Doran (11/1), Marracudja (11/1), Gino Trail (14/1), Top Gamble (18/1), Caid Du Lin (25/1), Diakali (25/1), Forest Bihan (33/1), Theo (33/1), Champagne At Tara (33/1), Tree Of Liberty (33/1), Mr Medic (33/1), Theflyingportrait (50/1), All Set To Go (50/1), Croco Bay (66/1)

Verdict
A race that has often been won by a big-priced runner with previous runners in the race well worth respecting. However this time around Paul Nicholls (won two of last three renewals) looks to hold the key with his progressive MAGIC SAINT who despite his age has plenty of chasing experience; this test won’t faze him. Not Another Muddle impressed with his jumping when last seen and lurks on a good mark and he along with Irish challenger Mind’s Eye look the main dangers. Last year’s 1-2-3 Le Prezien, Gino Trail and Top Gamble all return with Caid Du Lin and Tree Of Liberty two at bigger prices who catch the eye in what promises to be a hot renewal of this 2m handicap.
  1. Magic Saint
  2. Not Another Muddle
  3. Mind's Eye

Previous Winners

2018
Le Prezien
Weight: 11-8  |Age: 7
Weight: 11-8  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: B J Geraghty
  |  
T: P F Nicholls
15/2
Prize Money
1st:
£61,897.00
2nd:
£23,320.00
3rd:
£11,671.00
4th:
£5,830.00
5th:
£2,926.00
6th:
£1,463.00
7th:
£726.00
8th:
£374.00

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