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  • 13:20 Rewards4Racing Novices' Chase3m 110y

  • £20,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 45.20s
  • Off time: 13:20:29

Full result

13:20 Cheltenham Result 17th November 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Our Father (IRE) 10-13 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 6 11/4
Raced wide, held up last, steady headway approaching 9th, chased leaders 12th, went 2nd after 4 out, led narrowly next, came readily clear from next, stayed on strongly, easily opened 9/4 touched 11/4 £5000-£2000 £2500-£1000
2nd 20 Sire Collonges (FR) 11-7 R Walsh P F Nicholls 6 2/1f
Led, pecked 13th, narrowly headed 3 out, chased winner but no chance from 2 out opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £4000-£2000 £2000-£1000(x2) £1000-£500(x3)
3rd 9 White Star Line (IRE) 10-13 B J Geraghty D T Hughes 8 28/1
Held up in last pair, pushed along when mistake 12th, struggling 14th, rallied well from 2 out, went modest 3rd run-in opened 25/1 touched 28/1
4th 6 What A Warrior (IRE) 11-4 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 5 28/1
Chased leader until hit 3rd and lost place, went 2nd again approaching 6th until 12th, chased leaders, pushed along in 4th 4 out, went modest 3rd before next, no extra in 4th run-in opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th 18 Sraid Padraig (IRE) 11-4 Aidan Coleman A J Martin 6 9/1
Held up in last trio, dropped to rear at 11th, rallied after 3 out, went modest 4th just before 2 out until weakened last opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £3000-£300
6th 47 Sea Of Thunder (IRE) 11-4 A P McCoy C Byrnes 7 4/1
Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd until approaching 6th, went 2nd again approaching 9th, went right 11th, lost 2nd after 4 out, chased leaders, no extra from next, tailed off and eased opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £1500-£300 £2700-£600
PU Masters Hill (IRE) 11-4 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 6 6/1
Chased leaders, went left 8th, blundered and lost place 12th, mistake next, soon in rear, tailed off 15th, pulled up soon after opened 15/2 touched 15/2

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.20,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.80 2&3:£10.40 1&3:£30.50

Jackpot: £65,769.68 carried forward to Cheltenham, 18th Nov
Placepot: £195.70, Pool: £292363.75, 1090.31 winning tickets
Quadpot: £146.60, Pool: £13920.41, 70.22 winning tickets


Mixed messages about the worth of this form, but Sire Collonges had looked a smart performer when scoring over course and distance at the October meeting and was simply no match for OUR FATHER from the second-last fence. If reputation counts for anything then the winner has always been considered a horse of considerable potential by connections, helping to explain why he was sent off favourite for the Pertemps Final at last season's Festival despite looking to have plenty to prove on the formbook. He showed little sparkle in that race and again at Aintree's Grand National meeting, but bounced back in style here, seemingly relishing the switch to steeplechasing. He is a big horse and maybe doesn't take too much racing, so it will be interesting to see what the plan is now. Sire Collonges was eased down once his chance of victory had gone and the margin of defeat flatters the winner. Furthermore he was giving 8lb away to both the winner and third-placed White Star Line, who plugged on from the rear, producing a better effort than when pulled up behind Sire Collonges on his previous visit to the the track.