15:00 Cheltenham

Sunday 17 November 2019

All12:4513:1513:5014:2515:0015:3016:00

    Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 87y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:02  |   Winning time: 4m 10.64s
1st
Horse silk
6
611-0
16/1
T: A KingJ: Thomas Bellamy
Held up towards rear, headway on long run before 2 out, driven to chase leaders turning in, ridden after last, stayed on strongly flat, led narrowly final strides
2nd
Horse silk
nk
3
511-10
9/1
T: P J HobbsJ: Ben Jones (5)
Held up in touch, tracked leaders 3 out (usual 4 out), upsides 2 out, every chance when not fluent last, ridden and stayed on well towards stands side rail flat, just held op 10/1
3rd
Horse silk
nk
4
9/1
T: Mrs J WilliamsJ: Lizzie Kelly (3)
Raced keenly, prominent, led 4th, ridden when narrowly headed turning in, regained lead last, kept on, headed and dropped to 3rd final strides op 7/1
4th
Horse silk
1 ¼
11
7/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Adam Wedge
Held up in touch on inside, headway 2 out, led narrowly turning in, ridden and headed last, kept on, held towards finish op 8/1
5th
Horse silk
4
9
6/1
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Held up in touch, driven and outpaced after 2 out, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, never able to challenge op 7/1
6th
Horse silk
3 ½
8
510-13
9/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2 out, driven to chase leaders turning in, one pace when hit last, never able to challenge
7th
Horse silk
5
5
16/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, driven and one pace before last, never on terms
8th
Horse silk
¾
2
13/2
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Tracked leader, led 2nd to 4th, with leader, driven and lost place after 2 out, no impression before last tchd 7/1
9th
Horse silk
5
1
711-12
33/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews
Led to 2nd, remained prominent on outside, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened op 40/1
10th
Horse silk
7
12
16/1
T: S LycettJ: M Goldstein
Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened soon after
11th
Horse silk
13
13
25/1
T: D SkeltonJ: William Marshall (7)
Mid-division on outside, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off op 22/1
12th
Horse silk
12
7
9/2f
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
Held up, always in rear, weakened before 2 out, tailed off op 11/2
13th
Horse silk
8
10
20/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
In touch on outside, blundered 2nd, lost place after 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off op 16/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
14
25/1
T: T G McCourtJ: Darragh O'keeffe (3)
Mid-division on inside, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th and no impression when fell last op 33/1

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Non-Runners

15
Horse silk
Grapevine15
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 6
T: Mrs S Leech  J: C Brace
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£12.80Pl:£4.70, £3.20, £2.80EX:£181.30Trifecta:£2,067.40Tricast:£1,396.50SF:£147.66Swingers:£31.20, £30.20, £17.00

Forecasts

Benny's Bridge (9/2), Dame De Compagnie (6/1), Quel Destin (13/2), Quoi De Neuf (7/1), Gumball (9/1), Monsieur Lecoq (9/1), Zanza (9/1), Harambe (16/1), Countister (16/1), Torcello (16/1), Humble Hero (20/1), Monsieur D'Arque (25/1), De Mazzaro (25/1), Mohaayed (33/1), Grapevine (33/1)

Verdict

An open contest, if not the highest quality renewal. Monsieur Lecoq has obvious claims after his battling Welsh Champion Hurdle win, while Benny's Bridge has an excellent record here, and won easily last month, but the vote goes to TORCELLO, who is handicapped on his Irish hurdles form, but has taken big steps forward back on the Flat for new connections. His owner plotted up last year's winner, and looks to have had this race in mind for some time.
  1. Torcello
  2. Monsieur Lecoq
  3. Benny's Bridge

Previous Winners

2018
Nietzsche
Weight: 10-0  |Age: 5
20/1

Prize Money

1st: £56,270.002nd: £21,200.003rd: £10,610.004th: £5,300.005th: £2,660.006th: £1,330.007th: £660.008th: £340.00

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