14:10 Cheltenham

Friday 18 March 2022

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

    McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • 5YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 179y  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   26 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:13  |   Winning time: 4m 1.25s
1st
Horse silk
15
11/4f
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up rear of mid-division, travelled strongly, switched left before 2 out, headway stands side from final bend, led before last, quickened flat, readily op 3/1
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
8
16/1
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Held up in touch, not much room briefly after 2 out, headway after final bend, 4th last, went 2nd flat, stayed on, not trouble winner
3rd
Horse silk
1 ¾
16
13/2
T: L FowlerJ: C J Orr (3)
In touch in mid-division, headway after 3 out, hung left and every chance before last, edged left and lost 2nd and held flat, no extra close home tchd 6/1
4th
Horse silk
2 ¼
13
13/2
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Held up towards rear, headway after final bend, 5th last, went 4th flat, stayed on, unable to challenge op 8/1
5th
Horse silk
¾
4
50/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division, headway from final bend, 7th last, stayed on flat, nearest finish
6th
Horse silk
1 ½
17
9/1
T: Peter FaheyJ: K C Sexton
Held up towards rear, headway after final bend, soon every chance, 3rd last, fading flat
7th
Horse silk
1 ¾
19
610-13
33/1
T: B EllisonJ: Sean Quinlan
Mid-division, headway 2 out, ridden and 8th last, kept on, no impression on leaders
8th
Horse silk
1
2
16/1
T: G P CromwellJ: K E Buckley (5)
Chased leaders, pushed along after 2 out, unable to quicken before last, 6th at the last, fading flat op 18/1 tchd 16/1
9th
Horse silk
½
12
511-2
50/1
T: W P MullinsJ: B Hayes
Held up towards rear, some headway and 11th last, not trouble leaders op 40/1 tchd 33/1
10th
Horse silk
nk
5
66/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Held up in touch in, ridden and no impression before last
11th
Horse silk
1 ¾
7
711-3
40/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews
Held up towards rear, some headway from final bend, 10th last, no impression tchd 50/1
12th
Horse silk
¾
26
40/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Held up towards rear, some headway before last, never dangerous op 33/1
13th
Horse silk
1 ¾
20
33/1
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Held up in rear, headway and switched left before last, never involved op 22/1 tchd 20/1
14th
Horse silk
1 ½
1
50/1
T: G ElliottJ: Mr R James (7)
Mid-division on inside, outpaced after 2 out, well held before last
15th
Horse silk
nk
24
14/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, no impression from 2 out tchd 16/1
16th
Horse silk
½
14
66/1
T: H De BromheadJ: B J Cooper
Held up in touch, ridden, not much room and switched left before last, no extra op 50/1
17th
Horse silk
1 ¼
11
28/1
T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan
Held up in touch in mid-division, ridden and losing place before 2 out op 25/1
18th
Horse silk
½
10
8/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Prominent, not fluent 5th, outpaced after 2 out, soon weakened op 9/1
19th
Horse silk
nk
18
11/1
T: G ElliottJ: D N Russell
Held up in touch in mid-division, headway after 2 out, 9th last, weakened flat op 12/1 tchd 10/1
20th
Horse silk
2 ¾
23
710-9
50/1
T: D HoganJ: D G Hogan
Prominent, lost ground before 5th, weakened from 3 out tchd 66/1
21st
Horse silk
¾
6
66/1
T: W P MullinsJ: J B Foley (3)
Always in rear, mistake 3 out
22nd
Horse silk
¾
21
50/1
T: G ElliottJ: J C Gainford (3)
Prominent, led after 3 out, headed before next, soon weakened op 40/1
23rd
Horse silk
7 ½
3
40/1
T: A KingJ: Adrian Heskin
Held up in mid-division, not much room before 2 out, well beaten final bend, jumped left last op 33/1

Also Ran

F
Horse silk
9
80/1
T: N MeadeJ: D F O'Regan
In rear until fell 2 out op 66/1
F
Horse silk
22
28/1
T: W P MullinsJ: S F O'Keeffe
Held up in mid-division, took keen hold, ridden after 2 out, well held when fell last op 22/1
PU
Horse silk
25
80/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Jack Andrews (5)
Led, mistake 2nd, not fluent 4th, headed after 3 out, weakened from 2 out and pulled up before last

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£3.75Pl:£2.40, £4.30, £1.90, £1.80EX:£81.20Trifecta:£780.00Tricast:£292.97SF:£48.63Swingers:£16.40, £6.60, £28.10

Forecasts

State Man (11/4), Colonel Mustard (13/2), West Cork (13/2), I Like To Move It (8/1), Suprise Package (9/1), Top Bandit (11/1), Broomfield Burg (14/1), First Street (16/1), My Mate Mozzie (16/1), Jesse Evans (28/1), Tax For Max (28/1), Cormier (33/1), Gua Du Large (33/1), Faivoir (40/1), Tempo Chapter Two (40/1), Tritonic (40/1), Ballyadam (50/1), Farout (50/1), Call Me Lyreen (50/1), Bua Boy (50/1), Eclair De Beaufeu (50/1), Felix Desjy (66/1), Irascible (66/1), Dysart Diamond (66/1), Cask Mate (80/1), Stepney Causeway (80/1)

Verdict

Unsurprisingly, claims can be made for a host, including Nigel Twiston Davies' I LIKE TO MOVE IT. Already a 3-time winner over hurdles, he improved again and shaped really well when second in the Befair Hurdle latest, going down by a short head. This stiffer test will suit and he earns the vote. Irish raiders Top Bandit and State Man are next best, ahead of West Cork and Surprise Package.

  1. I LIKE TO MOVE IT
  2. TOP BANDIT
  3. STATE MAN (FR)

Previous Winners

2021
Belfast Banter
Weight: 10-0  |Age: 6
33/1

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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