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15:10 Cheltenham

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Handicap Hurdle (listed) (Class 1)

  • 13 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 1f 110y
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £25,000 added
  • Winner: £14,252
  • 2nd: £5,348
  • 3rd: £2,678
  • 4th: £1,335
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 34.90s
  • Off Time: 15:11:58
  • 13 Ran
1
  • Form: F171-8F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Official Rating: 145
  • Trainer: A King
  • Jockey: Charlie Huxley

in touch, driven along in 4th before 3 out, weakened before next

2

Raslan

14 vt
25/1
  • Form: 001235
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Official Rating: 145
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Jockey: Danny Cook

raced wide, pressed leader, ridden and still chasing leaders 2 out, weakened flat

3

Nozic (FR)

203 t D
33/1
  • Form: 00/69UP-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7
  • Official Rating: 140
  • Trainer: N J Gifford
  • Jockey: L Treadwell

in touch, not fluent 4th, last and struggling under pressure 4 out, tailed off 3 out, pulled up soon after

4
14/1
  • Form: 12203-0
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 139
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Jockey: Ian Popham

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in touch, hit 5th, hit 3 out, 7th and no chance when fell heavily 2 out

5

Supercede (IRE)

28 bt D
13/2
  • Form: 211012
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-4
  • Official Rating: 137
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Jockey: Timmy Murphy

always towards rear, hit 5th, ridden along 7th, struggling 4 out, tailed off

6
8/1
  • Form: 11422/4-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-13
  • Official Rating: 132
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Jockey: N D Fehily

raced wide, held up towards rear, hit 4 out, disputing modest 6th when blundered 3 out

7
20/1
  • Form: 4470-5P
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 130
  • Trainer: M Keighley
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson

held up in rear, tailed off 4 out, 10th and well beaten when fell last

8
9/2
  • Form: 1/1146-6
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 130
  • Trainer: Jennie Candlish
  • Jockey: A O'keeffe

raced on inside, held up towards rear, hit 9th and ridden, headway under pressure before 2 out, closed on leader last, led and hung right flat, stayed on gamely, driven out

9
16/1
  • Form: 589322-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 130
  • Trainer: Miss V Williams
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman

close up until ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off

10
13/2
  • Form: 1212-P6
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-10
  • Official Rating: 129
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Jockey: P J Brennan

close up, challenged in 2nd 4 out, led approaching 4 out, ridden before last, headed when crossed flat, no extra

11
  • Form: 1622-11
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 128
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

held up in early stages, headway to chase leaders 8th, challenged in 2nd 4 out, every chance when hit 2 out, weakened after last

12
14/1
  • Form: 5-247P2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 126
  • Trainer: Mrs L Wadham
  • Jockey: D C Costello

chased leaders until not keen lost place and in rear 7th, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 3rd after last, kept on well flat

13
20/1
  • Form: 334422
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0
  • Official Rating: 116
  • Trainer: Mrs S Leech
  • Jockey: R P McLernon

led ,headed before and mistake 4 out, weakened soon after, taild off and pulled up before 2 out

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Paul Nicholls reports that he's never had Pistolet Noir in better shape and if blinkers work the oracle then he's a threat, having shown a liking for the course when winning the opener on this card in 2009. He's closely matched with Sir Harry Ormesher on their meeting at Aintree in the spring and neither should struggle with today's trip on what we've seen so far. Alan King's horse does have to recover quickly from a heavy fall at Chepstow though and it may pay instead to focus on the Nigel Twiston-Davies pair VIKING BLOND and Ackertac, with the former just preferred. The selection shaped well on his return behind Amber Brook at the track, travelling smoothly into contention before weakening late on, and with his record at stiff tracks holding up to close inspection and the prospect of a good deal more to come the five-year-old should go close. Ackertac has done nothing wrong in winning a pair of novice hurdles lately but this is an altogether different test and the handicapper has taken few chances while Supercede, Our Bomber Harris and Raslan all have each-way prospects and help to make this a tricky puzzle.

Formwatch

Sir Harry Ormesher 14-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, in touch in 5th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Any Given Day (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Oct, 13 ran.

Raslan 10-1 (11-0) Led until after 1st, pressed leader until led again before 8th, ridden and headed when hit 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 31l behind Fair Along (11-8) at Wetherby 3m 1f hdl G2 (1) gd in Oct.

Nozic (FR) 40-1 (11-2) Behind, in rear at 18th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Church Island (10-5) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 19 ran.

Pistolet Noir (FR) 11-2 (11-3) In rear, ridden approaching 4 out, never dangerous, 11th of 13, well behind Any Given Day (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Oct.

Supercede (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, mistake 8th, smooth headway on inside before 3 out, left close 2nd 2 out, ridden to challenge last, took narrow lead flat until no extra and headed final 110 yards, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Aiteen Thirtythree (10-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.

Our Bomber Harris 11-2fav (11-9) Held up in last, took keen hold, jumped slowly 1st, headway 3 out, pecked 2 out, 4th and no impression last, 4th of 11, 14l behind Quartz De Thaix (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.

Maucaillou (GER) 4-1 (10-12) Led and soon clear, weakened quickly and headed 5 out, soon behind, pulled up before lat, in a race won by Don't Be Bitin (12-0) at Wexford 2m 1f hcp chs gd in Jun, 11 ran.

Cross Kennon (IRE) 9-2fav (11-11) Held up behind, mistake 3rd, headway into mid-division 9th, ridden after 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, never troubled leaders, 6th of 13, 29l behind The Shy Man (10-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.

Quickbeam (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, challenged next, ridden and every chance last, no extra flat, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Picture This (10-3) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.

Viking Blond (FR) 9-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, challenged next, every chance 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, no impression approaching last, 6th of 14, 8l behind Amber Brook (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.

Ackertac (IRE) 5-6fav (11-5) Chased leader, led 6th, came clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Uttoxeter 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Hear My Song (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 16 ran.

Backbord (GER) 10-1 (10-1) Soon pushed along and behind, never travelled well, headway under pressure 3 out, chased leaders when left 4 lengths 2nd next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Working Title (11-3) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd.

Is It Me (USA) 33-1 (9-12) Led 2nd, ridden and headed after 3 out, stayed chasing leaders, rallied gamely towards finish, just held, 2nd of 17, hd behind Russian War (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Oct.