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Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Coral Cup 2m 5f

  • (Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle) £70,000 added 4yo+ 28 ran
  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 0.30s
  • Off time: 16:01:52

Full result

16:00 Cheltenham Result 14th March 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Son Of Flicka 10-6 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 8 16/1
Led to 2nd, tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led before last, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 14/1 touched 16/1
2nd Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 11-12 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 8 6/1j
In touch on inside, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, ridden and effort on inside between last 2, went 2nd before last, kept on flat, always held opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £64000-£8000 £5000-£600 £20000-£2600 £10000-£1400 £7000-£1000 £7000-£1000
3rd 2 Veiled 10-8 D Bass N J Henderson 6 25/1
Mid-division, headway 4 out, effort on outside 2 out, ridden to chase winner briefly before last, kept on, held by leading pair flat opened 20/1 touched 25/1
4th ¾ Silverhand (IRE) 10-10 P Carberry N Meade 8 25/1
Towards rear, headway on outside after 4 out, chased leaders next, soon driven and outpaced, left 4th last, kept on flat opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th nk Cockney Trucker (IRE) 10-13 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 10 66/1
Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders between last 2, kept on under pressure flat, never reached leaders opened 66/1 touched 66/1
6th 9 Stonemaster (IRE) 11-2 B J Cooper D T Hughes 7 100/1
Towards rear, outpaced 2 out, ridden and stayed on approaching last, never reached leaders opened 80/1 touched 100/1
7th hd Balgarry (FR) (ex5) 10-5 T Scudamore D Pipe 5 6/1j
Led 2nd, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace, no extra flat opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £20000-£2500 £10000-£1300 £28000-£4000 £10000-£1400(x6) £5000-£700(x6) £12000-£2000
8th Third Intention (IRE) 11-10 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 20/1
Mid-division in touch, headway on outside 4 out, chased leaders next, ridden and effort between last 2, no impression flat opened 22/1 touched 25/1 £100000-£4000
9th 4 Consigliere (FR) 10-7 Tom Bellamy (10) D Pipe 9 40/1
In touch, lost place after 4 out, outpaced 2 out, beaten when hampered last opened 33/1 touched 40/1
10th ½ Dare Me (IRE) 10-6 Sam Twiston-Davies P J Hobbs 8 12/1
Mid-division, ridden and headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, weakened before last opened 12/1 touched 14/1
11th Final Approach 11-6 R Walsh W P Mullins 6 20/1
Behind, some headway 2 out, kept on same pace, never nearer opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £4000-£200
12th hd Tenor Nivernais (FR) 10-11 R T Dunne (5) Miss V Williams 5 25/1
In touch, lost place 4 out, soon behind opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £50000-£2000 £12500-£500
13th Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 10-6 Brendan Powell (5) Dr R D P Newland 6 12/1
Mid-division, headway 6th, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced next, weakened before last opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £20000-£1400
14th Golan Way 11-2 M Goldstein (3) Miss S West 8 100/1
With leader, lost place 6th, behind from 3 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
15th Cape Dutch (IRE) 10-5 Jack Quinlan (5) J P Ferguson 5 14/1
Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£600(x2)
16th ½ Cotillion 10-5 Harry Skelton Ian Williams 6 50/1
Always towards rear opened 50/1 touched 50/1
17th 6 Poole Master (ex5) 10-6 C Honour (3) D Pipe 7 8/1
In touch on outside, joined leader 4 out, mistake and lost place next, weakened after next opened 10/1 touched 11/1 £22000-£2000
18th Bally Legend 10-7 Nick Scholfield Mrs Caroline Keevil 7 50/1
Mid-division, lost place 5th, soon struggling and behind opened 50/1 touched 50/1
19th nk First Fandango 10-10 Michael Byrne (5) Tim Vaughan 5 28/1
In touch, lost place 4 out, soon behind opened 28/1 touched 28/1 £40000-£1200
20th 5 Shoreacres (IRE) 10-10 L Treadwell B G Powell 9 50/1
With leaders, lost place 3 out, weakened next opened 50/1 touched 50/1
21st 34 Megastar 10-7 J E Moore G L Moore 7 22/1
Mid-division on inside, ridden 6th, soon lost place, weakened 3 out opened 20/1 touched 22/1
PU Carlito Brigante (IRE) 11-12 D N Russell G Elliott 6 16/1
In touch, outpaced 6th, soon behind, pulled up before last opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Featherbed Lane (IRE) 11-7 James Best (7) P J Hobbs 7 16/1
Tracked leaders, lost action when mistake and pulled up quickly after 5th opened 16/1 touched 16/1
PU Knight Pass (IRE) 10-6 P J Brennan W Greatrex 6 28/1
Behind, hampered 3rd, weakened and pulled up before 4 out opened 28/1 touched 28/1
F Spirit River (FR) 11-2 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 16/1
In touch, effort 3 out, soon chased leaders, 4th and staying on same pace when fell last opened 16/1 touched 16/1
F Abergavenny 10-6 Felix de Giles B Ellison 5 20/1
Towards rear of mid-division when fell 3rd opened 16/1 touched 20/1 £4000-£200
UR Saphir River (FR) 10-10 S Thomas M Scudamore 6 50/1
Held up behind when mistake and unseated rider 2nd opened 40/1 touched 50/1
BD Star Of Angels 10-7 C O'Farrell (3) D Pipe 8 33/1
Held up towards rear, hampered and brought down 3rd opened 33/1 touched 33/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££4.30,£2.30,£10.40,£5.70
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£27.10 2&3:£46.00 1&3:£274.70

Jackpot: £86,890.81 carried forward to Cheltenham, 15th Mar
Placepot: £73.40, Pool: £937315.56, 9316.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £32395.49, 1281.41 winning tickets

Verdict

He won't be the first horse to bounce back to form at the Festival, but SON OF FLICKA did so in some style and it would appear that half of Cheshire was on, as he was backed down from as big as 66/1 in the morning to an s.p. of 16/1. After a lacklustre season he was 5lb lower than when second at last-year's meeting and got a helpful ride from Jason Maguire, never too far off the pace (which wasn't lightning fast). Although outpaced at the top of the hill, he ran on well and kicked for home turning in. That move nicked a length on his rivals and although runner-up Get Me Out Of Here tried hard, he never really looked like picking up the winner late on. This was very much job done for Son Of Flicka (and part of a long-term plan one would imagine) so any hefty rise in the weights for this victory could see him struggling in the near future. Get Me Out Of Here hasn't had the best of luck at the Festival but really tried his heart out here, having been pushed along coming down the hill. He responded well to Tony McCoy and jumped the final flight well, but just couldn't catch yet another well-handicapped horse ahead of him. Third was Veiled who looked as if she might play an even bigger part when travelling into the race on the outside coming down the hill, whilst fourth-home Silverhand was doing all of his best work at the end of the race and would probably have preferred a stronger pace in the middle of the race. Cockney Trucker seems to run the same race regardless of the pace and was another flying at the finish, something which he has done round here before. Balgarry was the story of the race before the flag fall, being backed off the boards, but having dictated the early pace he started to feel the pinch turning in. Up until then he had travelled supremely well (last off the bridle) so it was disappointing that his effort petered out so quickly. Mind you he'll be interesting returned to two miles next time. Third Intention held every chance turning in but felt the pinch at that point, whilst Final Approach could never get into the race having been held up last early on; he's got something to prove now. Spirit River deserves a good mention, as he was running a big race when falling at the last. He wasn't going to win but looked set for a place and this was his best run for a long time, having travelled with plenty of purpose.