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4:50 Cheltenham 13 Mar 2018

National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase (Grade 2)

(Class 1) (5yo+) (3m7f170yds) 4m Old Soft 25 fences
1st £74,950 2nd £23,412.50 3rd £11,700 4th £5,850 5th £2,925 6th £1,475


Pos. (Draw)
Horse / SP
Trainer / Jockey
10 116 150 77 159
b g Heron Island (IRE) - Peggy Cullen (IRE) (Presenting)
Looked well; held up, mistake 11th, headway approaching 19th (water), chased leaders before 2 out, led just before last, hard pressed run-in, edged left, headed briefly final 75yds, gamely found extra towards finish (vet reported the gelding had post-race heat stress) (op 4/1 tchd 5/1)
2  ½
7 1013 t 146 70 151
ch m Mahler - Dolly Lewis (Sir Harry Lewis)
Led 2nd, headed 6th, remained prominent, every chance when hit 2 out, edged left after last and challenging strongly, led briefly final 75yds, held towards finish (op 13/2 tchd 5/1)
3  21 [21½]
10 116 145 62 139
ch g Robin Des Champs (FR) - Jolivia (FR) (Dernier Empereur)
Looked well; led, headed 2nd, prominent until regained lead 6th, not fluent 13th, pressed 2 out, headed just before last, weakened run-in (vet reported the gelding lost right hind shoe)
4  [24]
8 116 p 132 60 135
b g Busy Flight - Impulsive Ita (IRE) (Supreme Leader)
Prominent, mistake 16th, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out
5  11 [35]
8 116 135 53 131
b g Darsi (FR) - Minnie O'Grady (IRE) (Welsh Term)
Jumped badly, held up in rear, headway 21st, 5th about 6 lengths off the pace when blundered 3 out, soon lost place, ridden and weakened before 2 out (vet reported the gelding lost right hind shoe)
6  23 [58]
7 116 h 145 36 107
br g Kayf Tara - Dizzy Frizzy (Loup Sauvage)
Held up, steady headway from 20th, never able to get to leaders, weakened before 2 out (vet reported the gelding had post-race heat stress) (op 11/1)
7 116 143
b g Westerner - You Take Care (IRE) (Definite Article)
Looked well; held up, fell 6th (op 20/1)
6 116 150
b g Yeats (IRE) - Sejour (IRE) (Bob Back)
Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, fell 18th, fatally injured (op 11/2 tchd 7/1)
8 116 b1 131
br g Gold Well - Cocktail Bar (IRE) (Hubbly Bubbly)
In touch, blundered 18th, soon ridden, lost place after 19th (water), behind when pulled up before 4 out (op 50/1)
9 116 109
b g Milan - Rilmount (IRE) (Roselier)
In touch, dropped to midfield before not fluent 9th, lost place after 11th, ridden before 13th, behind 15th, pulled up before 19th (water)
8 116 p 141
b g Presenting - Phillis Hill (Karinga Bay)
Looked well; midfield, mistake 11th, headway before 20th where jumped slowly and lost place, weakened after 21st, behind when pulled up after 4 out (op 14/1)
7 116 134
b g Presenting - Gli Gli (IRE) (Supreme Leader)
Looked well; in touch, lost place 6th, towards rear 11th, struggling and behind after 18th, behind when pulled up after 4 out (op 28/1 tchd 25/1)
7 116 t 126
b g Multiplex - Sherry Darling (IRE) (Alflora)
Held up, no better than midfield, hampered and lost place 18th, struggling when mistake 20th, behind when pulled up before 4 out (op 100/1)
8 116 tp1 125
b g Robin Des Pres (FR) - Duggary Dancer (IRE) (Saddlers' Hall)
Midfield, blundered 1st and rider briefly lost iron, blundered again 17th and lost place quickly, behind when refused next (tchd 125/1)
8 116 135
b g Midnight Legend - Hannah Park (IRE) (Lycius)
Tracked leaders, hampered and lost place 18th, ridden after, weakened 21st, well behind when scrambled over 3 out and unseated rider
7 116 t1 148
b g Well Chosen - Swan Heart (IRE) (Broken Hearted)
Looked well; held up, hit 7th, not fluent 8th, headway after 18th, chased leaders 21st, ridden and weakened after 3 out, no danger when blundered and unseated rider 2 out (op 11/2)
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