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  • 17:00 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Novices' Chase2m

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 8.20s
  • Off time: 17:00:17

Full result

17:00 Cheltenham Result 19th October 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Dark Lover (GER) 11-2 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 8 7/4j
Prominent behind clear leader, closed when not fluent 6th, went 2nd after 8th, not fluent 3 out, ridden and 4 lengths down when left well clear 2 out opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £2000-£1000 £1125-£600 £750-£400 £700-£400
2nd 28 Sizing Italy (IRE) 11-7 A E Lynch H de Bromhead 6 7/2
Chased leaders, some big and slow jumps, lost place 4th, well held 4 out, left remote 2nd 2 out opened 7/2 touched 4/1
3rd 6 Mr Watson (IRE) 11-2 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 6 14/1
Led, not fluent 2nd, soon clear, hit 5th, headed next, mistake 7th (water), well held from 4 out, went remote 3rd flat opened 12/1 touched 14/1
4th 4 Gud Day (IRE) 11-7 P J Brennan F O'Brien 5 50/1
Held up in rear, mistake 6th, well held 4 out, left remote 3rd 2 out, blundered last, dropped to 4th flat opened 50/1 touched 50/1
F Balder Succes (FR) 11-10 R Thornton A King 5 7/4j
Prominent behind clear leader, closed to lead 6th, jumped right and hit 4 out, 4 lengths clear when fell 2 out opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £1000-£500
F The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 11-7 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 7 14/1
Held up, headway 6th, mistake 9th, weakened after 3 out, left remote 2nd when fell 2 out opened 14/1 touched 16/1
WN Earls Quarter (IRE) 11-2 Aidan Coleman Ian Williams 7

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.90,£2.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.10 2&3:£6.30 1&3:£4.10

Placepot: £97.40, Pool: £175161.58, 1311.84 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.10, Pool: £9176.15, 744.5 winning tickets

Verdict

Paul Nicholls: "We have been looking after him a bit. He had leg problems and he's perhaps only about half as fit as I wanted him. He will improve for this and we will come back for the Open meeting next month for either a two-mile chase if it is soft, or a two-and-a-half-mile chase."