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16:40 Cheltenham

Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase (Listed Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) (Class 1)

  • 15 Runners
  • Distance: 4m
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £85,000 added
  • Winner: £50,966
  • 2nd: £15,920
  • 3rd: £7,956
  • 4th: £3,978
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 44.30s
  • Off Time: 16:40:16
  • 15 Ran
1
  • Form: 1133FP
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 129
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Jockey: Jamie Bargary

prominent, took keen hold, ridden and lost place after 18th, pulled up before 5 out

2
  • Form: 5122P3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 114
  • Trainer: J W Mullins
  • Jockey: Mr B O'Neill

held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on well flat, went 4th towards finish

3
100/1
  • Form: 9-3150P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 122
  • Trainer: L A Dace
  • Jockey: Mr Joshua Guerriero

jumped right at times, in touch, blundered 15th, lost place before 21st, no impression after

4
25/1
  • Form: 4-12323
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 132
  • Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Jockey: Mr R O Harding

made most until after 14th, led 16th until 17th, ridden after 4 out, weakened next

5
25/1
  • Form: 221423
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 129
  • Trainer: P R Webber
  • Jockey: Mr Freddie Mitchell

in touch, hit 21st, weakened after 4 out, mistake 3 out, pulled up before next

6
3/1
  • Form: 1-21311
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 143
  • Trainer: T M Walsh
  • Jockey: Ms K Walsh

mid-division, hit 14th, headway next, ridden and chasing leaders after 3 out, blundered 2 out and last, weakened flat

7
25/1
  • Form: P-51261
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 132
  • Trainer: Mrs S J Smith
  • Jockey: R P McNamara

tracked leaders on outside, reminders after 5th, challenged 12th, hit 20 and 21st, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

8
  • Form: 174F0U
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 126
  • Trainer: A J Martin
  • Jockey: Mr J J Codd

held up towards rear, headway after 5 out, mistake 2 out, pressing for 2nd flat, no extra and lost 2 places towards finish

9

Merlin's Wish

61 BFD
33/1
  • Form: 4-22112
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 125
  • Trainer: M Keighley
  • Jockey: Mr R P Quinlan

prominent, lost place when fell 12th

10
  • Form: 1-61U21
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 139
  • Trainer: A King
  • Jockey: Mr Joshua Newman

held up in touch, mistake 14th, challenged after 18th, led before 2 out, driven and stayed on flat, held on

11
  • Form: 12-01F2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 131
  • Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Jockey: Mr B Gibbs

mid-division on inside, not fluent 7th, lost place 13th, not much room 18th, headway after 4 out on outside, no extra from 2 out, mistake last

12
16/1
  • Form: F34314
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 134
  • Trainer: M F Morris
  • Jockey: Mr S Clements

in touch, led after 14th, headed 16th, led again 17th, headed before 2 out, stayed on same pace flat

13
  • Form: 33-1321
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 151
  • Trainer: Miss E C Lavelle
  • Jockey: Mr Derek O'Connor

held up towards rear, not fluent and plenty of mistakes, headway 20th, challenged from 3 out, every chance when another mistake and lost momentum last, stayed on well towards finish, just held

14
4/1
  • Form: 114-124
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 146
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Jockey: Ms N Carberry

held up towards rear, blundered 17th, mistake next, headway after 4 out, blundered badly 2 out, stayed on same pace flat

15
9/1
  • Form: 111-51
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 136
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins

held up in last and behind, headway when hit 2 out, still only 8th last, soon switched left, ran on strongly, went 3rd towards finish, too much to do

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Plenty of these have already demonstrated their staying ability. Shotgun Paddy's victory in a Grade 3 handicap over 3m5f at Warwick in January is probably the best form but the runner-up disappointed next time and whether Emma Lavelle's charge will reproduce that effort on quicker ground is a concern, though Derek O'Connor is a good jockey booking having ridden Chicago Grey to victory in 2011. Last year's successful trainer/jockey partnership team up with Suntiep but his comparative lack of experience over fences may be a problem and Foxrock could prove the best of the Irish. Ted Walsh's gelding was second in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December and has done little wrong since. He has the beating of Rogue Angel on Naas running in January. Jonjo O'Neill has trained the winner of this four times in the last 12 years so knows what it takes and SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR is a lot better than he showed when sent off favourite over 3m2f here in December. Placed over hurdles at last year's Festival, he's one of the few guaranteed to relish the drying ground and Nina Carberry can afford to take her time over this marathon trip. Midnight Prayer comfortably beat Adrenalin Flight in the autumn and won by a distance at Warwick last time so may prove the pick of the remainder.

Formwatch

According To Trev (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, lost place after 7th, reminders after 8th, soon detached, pulled up after 9th, in a race won by The Rainbow Hunter (10-9) at Doncaster 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Jan, 15 ran.

Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) Pressed leader, led 6th until mistake headed 10th and lost place, outpaced when mistake 14th, left 4th 3 out, rallied and stayed on under pressure to 3rd 2 out, driven and kept on flat, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Triangular (10-11) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.

American Spin 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside and pushed along at times, reminders before lost place dropped to rear and blundered 10th and next, tailed off and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Ma Filleule (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec, 9 ran.

Beeves (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) With leader, jumped left 5th, led 7th, headed briefly after, headed before 11th, ridden before 3 out, outpaced 2 out, kept on run-in, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Victor Hewgo (11-0) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Jan.

Firm Order (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Holywell (11-7) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gs in Feb.

Foxrock (IRE) 4-6fav (11-8) Disputed lead, slight mistake and headed 4 out, progress to lead after next, not fluent last and headed briefly early run-in, ridden and kept on well close home, won at Navan 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating My Murphy (11-3) by 1/2l, 5 ran.

Herdsman (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Tracked leader, blundered 8th, joined leader 11th, led next, driven out, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb beating Everaard (10-0) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.

Living Next Door (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, no impression when unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by He'llberemembered (10-4) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Jan, 21 ran.

Merlin's Wish 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 6th, mistake 8th, blundered 5 out, chased winner last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Sun Cloud (11-0) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.

Midnight Prayer 8-13fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led 6 out on bit, soon clear, easily, won at Warwick 3m 2f nov chs (3) sft in Feb beating Count Guido Deiro (11-7) by well, 4 ran.

Milborough (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, left in 2nd before 9th, joined winner 11th, ridden after 4 out, every chance when not fluent next, no impression from 2 out, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Ely Brown (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Feb.

Rogue Angel (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Led, clear early, headed before straight, soon weakened, 4th of 5, well behind Foxrock (11-5) at Naas 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Jan.

Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, went 2nd 7th, not fluent 5 out, led 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on well, clear final 100 yards, won at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Jan beating Carruthers (11-7) by 6l, 15 ran.

Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Held up behind leaders, not fluent 17th, hit 4 out and stumbled slightly, soon ridden and no impression, well beaten after 3 out, lost 3rd next, last of 4, 35l behind Sam Winner (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Dec.

Suntiep (FR) 4-5fav (11-12) Soon led, joined from 11th, pushed along before straight and soon headed, struggling when left in lead and clear last, stayed on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 3m 1f beg chase hvy in Feb beating Vasco Du Mee (11-1) by well, 7 ran.