16:15 Cheltenham

Wednesday 17 March 2021

All13:2013:5514:3015:0515:4016:1516:50

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

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   1m 7f 199y  |   Good to Soft  |   19 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:15  |   Winning time: 3m 55.44s
1st
Horse silk
5
14/1
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Nick Scholfield
Chased leaders on inside, closed going well 3 out, challenged last, soon led and quickened 2 lengths clear, reduced lead towards finish, just held on op 16/1
2nd
Horse silk
sh
13
710-11
7/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: M P Walsh
Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, 6th and chasing leaders when blundered 2 out, stayed on well from last, went 2nd last, finished well, just held op 8/1
3rd
Horse silk
3 ¾
4
811-8
9/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Behind, switched left approaching 3 out, headway 2 out, 6th when pecked last, went 3rd towards finish, stayed on well, nearest finish op 17/2
4th
Horse silk
3
14
16/1
T: C GordonJ: Tom Cannon
Chased leaders, challenged after 3 out, led next, headed just after last, lost 3rd and no extra towards finish tchd 18/1
5th
Horse silk
½
16
11/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up towards rear, headway going strongly before 3 out, driven and edged right before last, held and edged left flat, kept on op 14/1
6th
Horse silk
5 ½
19
40/1
T: H De BromheadJ: D J O'Keeffe
With leader, led 4th, not fluent 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened inside final 100 yards op 50/1
7th
Horse silk
4
1
22/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Lorcan Williams (3)
Held up in mid-division, headway 8th, disputing 7th when mistake 2 out, soon held, weakened last op 18/1
8th
Horse silk
¾
10
25/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews
Mid-division, pushed along and effort after 3 out, no impression on leaders and not fluent 2 out tchd 28/1
9th
Horse silk
1 ¾
15
710-7
28/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, steady headway on outside from 4 out, disputing 7th when mistake 2 out, no impression, weakened last
10th
Horse silk
2 ¼
3
7/1
T: Mrs D FosterJ: J C Gainford (7)
Held up towards rear, behind after 4 out, never involved tchd 13/2
11th
Horse silk
2 ¼
7
14/1
T: J P O'BrienJ: J J Slevin
Prominent, every chance after 3 out, mistake and weakened last op 12/1
12th
Horse silk
22
9
33/1
T: M R ChannonJ: T Scudamore
Wide and slow 1st, closed to chase leaders before 3rd, driven after 4 out, weakened next tchd 40/1
13th
Horse silk
2 ¼
6
1011-4
33/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: J J Burke
Held up in mid-division, towards rear when slightly hampered 9th, behind 4 out op 28/1
14th
Horse silk
12
17
125/1
T: C E LongsdonJ: Paul O'Brien (3)
Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place 7th, hampered 9th, well behind after op 80/1
15th
Horse silk
nk
20
25/1
T: Mrs D FosterJ: J W Kennedy
Held up in rear, mistake 1st, not fluent 4th, badly hampered 9th, well behind next

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
2
28/1
T: Mrs J HarringtonJ: R M Power
Mid-division on inside, lost place from 6th, badly hampered 9th, pulled up before next
PU
Horse silk
8
16/1
T: Nick WilliamsJ: David Bass
Led until 4th, prominent, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out
F
Horse silk
11
9/2f
T: J P O'BrienJ: Rachael Blackmore
Held up in mid-division, fell 9th
PU
Horse silk
12
710-13
8/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Held up rear of mid-division, mistake 2nd, badly hampered 9th, pulled up before next op 15/2

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Non-Runners

18
Horse silk
Theinval44
Weight: 10-4|  Age: 11
T: N J Henderson  J: Non Runner
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£15.50Pl:£3.40, £2.40, £2.70, £4.50EX:£184.80Trifecta:£1,484.30Tricast:£958.76SF:£100.93Swingers:£5.20, £17.40, £18.60

Forecasts

Embittered (9/2), Entoucas (7/1), Chosen Mate (7/1), Zanza (8/1), Ibleo (9/1), Not That Fuisse (11/1), Sky Pirate (14/1), Us And Them (14/1), On The Slopes (16/1), Moonlighter (16/1), Duc Des Genievres (22/1), Amoola Gold (25/1), Or Jaune De Somoza (25/1), Ashutor (28/1), Sizing Pottsie (28/1), Glen Forsa (33/1), Bun Doran (33/1), Theinval (33/1), Capuccimix (40/1), Western Miller (125/1)

Verdict

A few of these are potentially well handicapped but IBLEO is arguably the most progressive in the field so could still be ahead of his mark. The Irish hold a strong hand as usual, headed by Joseph O'Brien's trio Embittered, Entoucas and Us And Them, along with last year's impressive winner Chosen Mate, while Bun Doran makes each-way appeal at bigger odds.

  1. IBLEO (FR)
  2. EMBITTERED (IRE)
  3. CHOSEN MATE (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Chosen Mate
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 7
7/2

Prize Money

1st: £46,423.002nd: £17,490.003rd: £8,753.004th: £4,372.005th: £2,194.006th: £1,097.007th: £544.008th: £280.00

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