15:30 Cheltenham

Tuesday 10 March 2020

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

Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   2m 87y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   17 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 15:32  |   Winning time: 4m 7.03s

1st
17
2/1f
T: N J HendersonJ: B J Geraghty
Held up in touch and travelled well, not fluent 3 out, eased out right before leading last, edged right flat, stayed on well
2nd
3
14
711-10
16/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Mr P W Mullins
Held up in rear, headway going well after 2 out, switched right before last, went 2nd flat, edged left, stayed on, no impression towards finish op 14/1
3rd
3 ¾
7
17/2
T: G P CromwellJ: Jonathan Moore
Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5th, led between last 2, headed last, lost 2nd flat, stayed on same pace op 10/1
4th
2 ¾
3
7/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up towards rear, raced keenly, mistake 5th, headway 3 out, edged left final 75 yards, stayed on same pace, unable to challenge tchd 13/2
5th
2
13
25/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Led after 1st, clear after 5th until before 3 out where not fluent, headed between last 2, soon hanging right, no extra towards finish
6th
½
15
20/1
T: Evan WilliamsJ: Adam Wedge
Mid-division, mistake 3rd, outpaced after 2 out, stayed under pressure flat, never on terms op 25/1
7th
2 ½
16
1011-10
9/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: R M Power
Mid-division, niggled along briefly before 3rd, headway after 5th, driven from 2 out, weakened flat op 10/1
8th
1 ½
1
911-10
20/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Led until after 1st, chased leaders on inside after, driven after 2 out, weakened last
9th
3
12
9/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, shaken up after 2 out, went 9th before last, no chance op 8/1
10th
1
6
711-10
40/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh
Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, never in contention
11th
6
8
20/1
T: N J HendersonJ: D A Jacob
Held up towards rear on outside, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened op 33/1
12th
2 ¾
9
611-10
100/1
T: P J HobbsJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division on outside, closed after 2nd, mistake 5th, weakened 2 out
13th
1 ¼
2
10/1
T: N J HendersonJ: James Bowen
Held up on inside, not fluent 4th, pushed along and well beaten after 3 out op 14/1
14th
1 ¼
10
100/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond
Slowly away, held up in rear, some headway on approaching 4th, closed to chase leaders 2 out, soon driven and weakened op 125/1
15th
24
4
12/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
In touch in mid-division, mistake 5th, well beaten from 3 out op 16/1

Also Ran

PU
5
33/1
T: Micky HammondJ: Henry Brooke
Tracked leader until after 5th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out op 25/1
PU
11
33/1
T: H MorrisonJ: J J Burke
Slowly away, took keen hold and soon recovered to chase leaders, mistake 3rd, lost place after 5th, soon behind, pulled up before last tchd 28/1

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Betting

Forecast

Epatante (2/1), Cilaos Emery (7/1), Darver Star (17/2), Supasundae (9/1), Pentland Hills (9/1), Call Me Lord (10/1), Coeur Sublime (12/1), Sharjah (16/1), Silver Streak (20/1), Ballyandy (20/1), Fusil Raffles (20/1), Petit Mouchoir (25/1), Cornerstone Lad (33/1), Not So Sleepy (33/1), Darasso (40/1), Gumball (100/1), Le Patriote (100/1)

Verdict
With Buveur D'Air (2017 & 2018) injured and Espoir D'Allen (2019) no longer with us, there will soon be a new name etched into Champion Hurdle folklore. The mare Epatante surged to the fore of the market after a hugely impressive win in the Christmas Hurdle (Silver Streak second, Ballyandy third) and is evidently the form pick of the Henderson quartet, although it should be noted that Pentland Hills returns from wind surgery. However, the Irish challenge also appears strong with the stamina-laden Darver Star of interest and the Willie Mullins-trained CILAOS EMERY still unexposed over hurdles despite a Grade 1 novice win at Punchestown (Apr 2017).
  1. Cilaos Emery
  2. Epatante
  3. Darver Star

Previous Winners

2019
Espoir D'allen
Weight: 11-10  |Age: 5
Weight: 11-10  |  
Age: 5  |  
J: M P Walsh
  |  
T: G P Cromwell
16/1
Prize Money
1st:
£264,610.00
2nd:
£99,693.00
3rd:
£49,894.00
4th:
£24,923.00
5th:
£12,509.00
6th:
£6,254.00
7th:
£3,104.00
8th:
£1,599.00

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