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Cheltenham

  • 15:15 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £100,000 added 4yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 2.90s
  • Off time: 15:17:15

Full result

15:15 Cheltenham Result 17th November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Dell' Arca (IRE) 10-5 T Scudamore D Pipe 4 12/1
Held up in mid-division, headway after 5th, led before last, soon headed, led again 150 yards out, edged right towards finish, kept on well opened 11/1 touched 12/1
2nd ½ Sametegal (FR) 11-7 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 4 8/1
Mid-division, headway before 3rd, not fluent 5th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd next, challenged last, soon led, headed 150 yards out, stayed on, held close home opened 9/1 touched 9/1
3rd Rawnaq (IRE) 11-1 K M Smith (7) Matthew J Smith 6 20/1
Prominent, led 3rd, left clear next, headed before last, stayed with strong challenge, looked probably held in close 3rd when hampered and switched left towards finish opened 28/1 touched 33/1
4th Flaxen Flare (IRE) 11-4 J M Maguire G Elliott 4 8/1
Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 3 out, went 4th last, kept on same pace flat opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th ¾ Tanerko Emery (FR) 11-10 C O'Farrell D Pipe 7 22/1
Held up towards rear, baldy hampered 4th, headway 3 out, ridden after 2 out, disputing 6th last, stayed on same pace opened 25/1 touched 25/1
6th nk Pine Creek 11-0 D F O'Regan J P Ferguson 5 6/1j
Tracked leaders, hampered and left 2nd 4th, not fluent 5th, mistake 3 out, disputing 6th and beaten last, stayed on same pace opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £3900-£600 £2400-£400 £3500-£500
7th nse Court Minstrel (IRE) 11-12 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 6 14/1
Held up in rear, hampered 4th, headway after 3 out, disputing 6th last, stayed on same pace, not able to get on terms opened 16/1 touched 16/1
8th hd Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 11-12 Maurice Linehan (5) Jonjo O'Neill 9 33/1
Mid-division, headway when hampered 4th, ridden after 2 out, 5th when not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat opened 40/1 touched 40/1
9th Calculated Risk 10-6 R Johnson J J Quinn 4 25/1
Held up towards rear, hampered 4th, headway after 2 out, never on terms opened 25/1 touched 25/1
10th nk Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 10-10 Timmy Murphy D O'Meara 7 9/1
Held up in rear, hampered 4th, headway approaching last, never on terms opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £4500-£500
11th 4 Redera (IRE) 10-10 S A Shortall (7) A J Martin 7 25/1
Led until after 1st, tracked leaders, mistake 4th, beaten before last opened 25/1 touched 25/1
12th L'unique (FR) 11-3 R Thornton A King 4 20/1
Mid-division, lost place approaching 3 out, well held after, mistake last opened 22/1 touched 22/1
13th Kalann (IRE) 11-0 P J Brennan Miss S J Harty 6 22/1
Held up in rear, hampered 4th, some headway last, never dangerous opened 25/1 touched 25/1
14th 5 Enchanted Forest (IRE) 10-2 Wayne Hutchinson M Hourigan 5 50/1
Always towards rear, well beaten 3 out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
15th ¾ Kashmir Peak (IRE) 10-12 D C Costello J J Quinn 4 12/1
Tracked leaders, mistake 3 out, soon beaten opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £10000-£800
16th 7 Cash And Go (IRE) 11-4 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 6/1j
Mid-divison, headway 4th, ridden when not fluent 3 out, soon beaten, well beaten when not fluent next opened 7/1 touched 7/1 £13000-£2000 £3500-£500 £3250-£500 £1800-£200
F Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 11-10 Sam Twiston-Davies Dr R D P Newland 7 33/1
Prominent, led after 1st, headed 3rd, with lead when fell next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
UR Thomas Edison (IRE) 11-1 A P McCoy A J Martin 6 10/1
Held up towards rear, badly hampered and unseated rider 4th opened 9/1 touched 12/1 £6000-£500

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££3.50,£2.70,£5.70,£2.70
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£19.90 2&3:£17.60 1&3:£60.90

Jackpot: £109,139.18 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 18th Nov
Placepot: £39.10, Pool: £199028.56, 3713.76 winning tickets
Quadpot: £6.60, Pool: £17526.49, 1958.51 winning tickets

Verdict

A race in which second season hurdlers traditionally do well but there was no representative from the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and, as such, it's doubtful whether the race will have a bearing on this season's championship races as has sometimes been the case. Last term's juveniles were well-represented though and four year olds provided three of the first four home. DELL' ARCA was having his first start in this country and showed plenty of admirable qualities on just his fourth career start to deny Sametegal in a driving finish. Connections were downplaying the performance afterwards, pointing to his handicap mark of 128 but it will be interesting to see just how far he can progress through the novice ranks this season. This was a fine run from Sametegal who has already been schooled over fences and it would be no surprise to see him switched to chasing at some point this season. He lost little in defeat, conceding over a stone to the winner but he can expect another rise in the weights for this run which will make him difficult to place. He hasn't always finished his races strongly over the minimum but there is some hope in his pedigree that he could stay further and that could be an interesting experiment if ridden with more restraint. Rawnaq was front rank throughout and ran a stormer for his connections, keeping on well once headed. He had won three on the bounce before finishing in midfield in the Galway Hurdle and is clearly at the top of his game at present but the handicapper has probably caught up with him now. Flaxen Flare briefly looked as though he might take a hand in the finish but his run rather flattened out over the last. This was a more encouraging run than his previous effort behind the admittedly smart Jezki but he didn't race with quite the same zest as when bounding clear in the Fred Winter in March and still gives the impression that there is more to come. He shouldn't go up too much (if at all) for this effort and can pick up another valuable prize this season. There was a gap back to Tanerko Emery who was badly hampered by the fall of Ahyaknowyerself and he did well to get back into contention. He has already run over fences - finishing second to Raya Star - but gives the impression that he can still make his presence in this sphere when faced with more of a test on softer ground. Pine Creek failed to build on his win at Ascot but he has relatively few miles on the clock and may prefer a flatter track. Court Minstrel was behind him last time but ran much better here with the ground may in his favour, his trainer feels that he is badly handicapped but he is unlikely to be eased for this performance and could yet prove the handicapper's assessment to be correct. Ifandbutwhynot made good progress into midfield having been badly interfered with in the melee and the seven year old can win again although the evidence is beginning to suggest that he may need his sights lowered despite being sent off as joint-favourite for the County Hurdle.