14:00 Cheltenham

Wednesday 1 January 2020

All12:1512:5013:2514:0014:3515:1015:50
  • Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
  • Class 1  |   2m 4f 127y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:01  |   Winning time: 5m 29.61s
1st
10
12/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up on inside, closed 3rd, went 2nd 2 out, led before and jumped right last, edged right on landing, edged right towards finish, soon headed, led again post tchd 14/1
2nd
nse
2
8/1
T: H WhittingtonJ: G Sheehan
Held up towards rear, headway going well 13th, close up last, edged left flat, led towards finish, headed post op 9/1
3rd
nse
8
811-0
20/1
T: K WoollacottJ: Aidan Coleman
Prominent, led 5th, headed approaching last, stayed on, every chance towards finish, just held op 25/1
4th
4 ¾
9
6/1
T: Miss Ellmarie HoldenJ: Mr Derek O'Connor
Handy, every chance 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last op 13/2 tchd 7/1
5th
3 ¾
5
10/1
T: M R ChannonJ: Adrian Heskin
Held up in rear, effort to chase leaders 3 out, ridden before next, soon one pace and held op 11/1 tchd 9/1
6th
6
3
811-6
15/2
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Soon led, headed 5th, weakened after 3 out op 8/1 tchd 13/2
7th
10
4
11/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, close up 3 out, lost place 2 out, weakened op 10/1
8th
12
1
3/1f
T: A MurphyJ: Jack Quinlan
Chased leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 3rd mistake 5th, not fluent and well beaten 3 out op 7/2
9th
28
7
1011-0
15/2
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Chased leaders, mistake and hampered 12th, lost place and no impression after, well beaten 3 out op 5/1 tchd 8/1
10th
7
11
10/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
In rear, blundered and behind 11th op 16/1

Also Ran

PU
6
1211-1
66/1
T: R SpencerJ: James Bowen
Towards rear on outside, mistake 6th, behind from 9th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up after op 50/1
PU
12
16/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Mid-division, headway on outside 8th, lost place 11th, behind 4 out, pulled up before 3 out op 14/1 tchd 12/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£15.60Pl:£3.40, £3.20, £6.40EX:£134.90Trifecta:£2,191.50Tricast:£1,922.25SF:£106.80Swingers:£22.60, £45.50, £13.50

Forecasts

Kalashnikov (3/1), Ex Patriot (6/1), Cepage (15/2), Ok Corral (15/2), Saint Calvados (8/1), Mister Whitaker (10/1), Poker Play (10/1), Magic Saint (11/1), Oldgrangewood (12/1), Ballyhill (16/1), Lalor (20/1), Outlander (66/1)

Verdict

It's hard to rule out the majority of these candidates but the tentative vote goes to three-time course and distance winner MISTER WHITAKER. Mick Channon's eight-year-old has only been put up 4lb for his success here when last seen and he managed to win when fresh on his seasonal reappearance last season. Saint Calvados shouldn't be ruled out in a race of this nature while Poker Play might enjoy a less demanding trip.
  1. Mister Whitaker
  2. Saint Calvados
  3. Poker Play

Previous Winners

2019
Aso
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 9
3/1

Prize Money

1st: £39,389.002nd: £14,840.003rd: £7,427.004th: £3,710.005th: £1,862.006th: £931.007th: £462.008th: £238.00

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