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16:10 Cheltenham

St. James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase (Class 2)

  • 24 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 2f 70y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £45,000 added
  • Winner: £26,982
  • 2nd: £8,428
  • 3rd: £4,212
  • 4th: £2,106
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 7m 17.20s
  • Off Time: 16:13:03
  • 24 Ran
1
Silk - Emerald green, red braces and diamonds on cap
28/1
  • Form 2521-2P
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 135

held up in rear, headway under pressure after 3 out, chased leaders on inside after next, ridden and kept on flat, not pace to reach leaders

2
Silk - GREY and MAROON diamonds, GREY sleeves
14/1
  • Form 131-121
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 138

mid-division, chased leaders before 3 out, ridden after next, stayed on to dispute 3rd flat, no impression with front pair

3
Silk - Red and black diamonds, black sleeves and cap
  • Form 11-1112
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 146

tracked leaders, effort and went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, lost place last, weakened flat

4
Silk - Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap
12/1
  • Form 5F8-111
  • Age 9
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 140

held up behind, headway after 4 out, chased leaders on inside 2 out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance flat, no extra and lost place inside final 100 yards

5
Silk - Red, White sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue spots

Cousin Pete

20 t C
66/1
  • Form 1FP-121
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 121

soon mid-division, tracked leaders 11th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden after next, lost place last, kept on to dispute 3rd flat, no impression with front pair

6
Silk - YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star
9/2
  • Form 1111P-2
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 144

chased leaders on inside, hit 12th, soon lost place, behind from 3 out, pulled up before next

7
Silk - Dark Blue, Pink star, Pink sleeves, Dark Blue stars, Dark Blue cap, Pink star
  • Form 120-121
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 141

tracked leaders, went 2nd at 17th, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, ridden after next, kept on same pace

8
Silk - White, black chevrons, white sleeves, black stars, white cap, black star
  • Form 6113-22
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 134

led to before 2nd, tracked leaders, lost place 5 out, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next

9
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
14/1
  • Form 24P5-P2
  • Age 13
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 136

in touch on inside, lost place 5 out, 9th 3 out, headway under pressure between last 2, never reached leaders, weakened final 100 yards

10
Silk - BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap
25/1
  • Form 34114-3
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 138

held up behind, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, stayed on to lead narrowly after last, driven out, just held on

11
Silk - Light Blue, Beige sleeves
100/1
  • Form 10U-11U
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 123

in touch on outside, dropped to mid-division 6th, weakened 5 out, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

12
Silk - Emerald Green, Purple cross belts, Purple cap
100/1
  • Form 1PP/3-12
  • Age 9
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 116

mistake 3rd, behind when fell 3rd

13
Silk - Black, Silver braid, Light Blue cap
  • Form 4542-11
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 116

prominent, lost place when blundered 15th, not recover and pulled up before next

14
Silk - Emerald green and light blue stripes, diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap, light blue diamond
33/1
  • Form 3736-12
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 128

always towards rear, weakened 3 out, finish, tired, walked over line

15
Silk - Maroon, white cross belts, light blue sleeves, maroon stars, maroon and light blue quartered cap
  • Form P05311
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 130

prominent, mistake 3rd, dropped to mid-division 6th, outpaced 3 out, well beaten when blundered next

16
Silk - Black, White cross belts, diabolo on sleeves
50/1
  • Form 7542-11
  • Age 11
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 124

led before 2nd, headed 6th, tracked leader, led again 13th, ridden after 2 out, headed after last, kept on and every chance flat, just held

17
Silk - Red, Brown sleeves and cap
12/1
  • Form 009-211
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 133

never better than mid-division, behind 4 out

18
Silk - Dark green, beige chevron, white sleeves, white cap, dark green star
200/1
  • Form 40-4062
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 98

slowly away, detached in rear, blundered and unseated rider 5th

19
Silk - YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots
14/1
  • Form 6456-11
  • Age 9
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 139

mid-division, hampered 15th, weakened 3 out

20
Silk - Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap
  • Form 3-93311
  • Age 9
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 147

mid-division on inside, blundered 17th, never dangerous, weakened 3 out

21
Silk - Red, dark green and red halved sleeves
100/1
  • Form 212-131
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 119

tracked leaders, went 2nd 16th to next, lost place 4 out, weakened after 3 out, finish tired, walked over line

22
Silk - Purple, Light Blue star, Light Blue and Purple striped sleeves
50/1
  • Form 3165-21
  • Age 7
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 131

in touch, led 6th, hit and headed 13th, lost place 16th, behind 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before next

23
Silk - Purple, Red epaulets
  • Form 1120-31
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 138

always towards rear, struggling 15th, tailed off when pulled up before 18th

24
Silk - Dark blue and light blue (quartered), light blue sleeves, dark blue cap, light blue spots
50/1
  • Form 112-112
  • Age 12
  • Weight 12-0
  • Official Rating 125

held up behind, struggling 15th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

On The Fringe won this in 2015 and 2016 but was only fourth last year, behind Pacha Du Polder, Wonderful Charm and Barel Of Laughs. He’s a teenager now and his time may have passed. Balnaslow, Minella For Value, Warden Hill, Grand Vision and Premier Portrait were all unplaced last year and may struggle to do any better but Caid Du Berlais is an interesting runner as he ran twice at The Festival last season and has won all three starts between the flags since switching stables. As well as Pacha Du Polder, who needed his run at Doncaster, and Wonderful Charm, Paul Nicholls also runs dour stayer Virak and the once-useful Unioniste while Sir Jack Yeats appears to be improving at a rate of knots. A line through top-class Irish hunter chaser Gilgamboa suggests FOXROCK (NAP) has every chance of beating likely favourite Burning Ambition. Jamie Codd’s mount is among the youngest in the line-up and a smart performer in the making but Alan Fleming has been keeping the powder dry with his charge, who was a Grade 1 chaser in his younger days. He, too, will get every assistance from the saddle and will revel in the conditions.

Formwatch

Balnaslow (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Alw rr, last 1/2way & 9th 5out, mstk next,no ex in rr 2out, pu bef last, at Kirkistown 3m hvy in Feb.

Barel Of Laughs (IRE) 3-10fav (12-4) (cp) stdy hdwy 12; led last; pushed out, won at Bangor-on-dee 3m in Feb beating The Caller (11-10) by 1/2l, 6 ran.

Burning Ambition (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway in 2nd after 4 out, ridden to lead approaching last, under pressure and headed run-in, no impression on winner close home, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Gilgamboa (12-0) at Punchestown 3m 1f hvy in Feb.

Caid Du Berlais (FR) 2-5fav (12-0) (tt) ww; hdwy 10; led 4 out; canter, won at Badbury Rings 3m fm in Feb beating Mr Sawyer (12-0) by 6l, 5 ran.

Cousin Pete 1-2fav (11-10) (tt) went 2nd aft 11; led 14; rdn out, won at Barbury Racecourse 3m gs in Feb beating Abricot De L'oasis (11-7) by 2l, 5 ran.

Foxrock (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along and headway after 3 out, disputed briefly next, soon ridden and no impression on winner after last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Gilgamboa (11-11) at Thurles 3m hvy in Jan.

Grand Vision (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Jumped left at times, mostly tracked leader until 8th, outpaced after 4 out, rallied to chase leader 3 out, led before last, clear flat, stayed on, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Feb beating Kayf Adventure (11-12) by 7l, 6 ran.

Minella For Value (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Led, headed before 3rd, 2nd halfway, pushed along entering straight and ridden after 2 out, kept on run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Freewheelin Dylan (11-4) at Listowel 3m Yielding in Jun.

On The Fringe (IRE) 5-4 (12-2) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 3rd app str, 2nd at last, ko sme pce run-in, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Rue Hill (12-2) at Borris House 3m in Dec.

Pacha Du Polder (FR) 6-4fav (12-4) Tracked leaders, ridden before 4 out, outpaced from 2 out, 3rd of 5, 6 3/4l behind Warden Hill (11-10) at Doncaster 3m 2f (5) gs in Feb.

Premier Portrait (IRE) 8-15fav (12-8) Led until 2nd, tracked leader until not fluent 8th, last from next, a little detached from rest when hit 12th, swerved right to avoid faller when unseating rider 13th, at Fakenham 3m (6) sft in Feb.

Saddlers Encore (IRE) 8-13fav (12-0) Soon chasing (clear) winner, closed briefly 5th, not fluent 7th, well held 3 out, soon ridden, landed steeply next, blundered last, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Rouge Et Blanc (12-0) at Lingfield 2m 4f (6) hvy in Feb.

Shantou Magic (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) A.p; led bypassing 3 out; stayed on wl, won at Friars Haugh 3m sft in Feb beating Oscar Stanley (11-0) by 8l, 6 ran.

Shotavodka (IRE) 11-4 (12-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd place, towards rear before 6th, left in lead after 5 out, clear before last, no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Virak (12-1) at Haydock 2m 6f (3) hvy in Feb.

Sir Jack Yeats (IRE) 5-2 (12-6) Tracked leader, led 2f out, headed towards finish, rallied and to regain lead post, won at Kelso 2m 7f (5) hvy in Feb beating Cultram Abbey (12-6) by ns, 5 ran.

Top Wood (FR) 4-5fav (11-0) (cp) (tt) a.p; led 8-13; led 15; clr 2 out; rdn out, won at Chaddesley Corbett 3m sft in Dec beating Mon Parrain (11-0) by 10l, 10 ran.

Unioniste (FR) 4-11fav (12-6) Jumped well, led until narrowly headed 4th, in front again 10th until 13th, led again before next, 3 lengths ahead 2 out, easily, won at Fontwell 3m 2f (6) gs in Feb beating Real Milan (11-12) by 22l, 6 ran.

Vincitore (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Prominent, outpaced 10th, went 2nd 4 out, no chance with winner, almost a fence behind 2 out, 2nd of 3, dist behind Unioniste (12-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f (6) hvy in Feb.

Virak (FR) 5-4fav (12-1) With leader, tracked leaders, jumped left 5th, ridden after last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Haydock 2m 6f (3) hvy in Feb beating Shotavodka (12-4) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.

Volnay De Thaix (FR) 4-6fav (11-10) Hdwy 6; went 2nd 14; lft clr 2 out, won at Brocklesby Park 3m gs in Feb beating Corrin Wood (11-5) by 20l, 8 ran.

Warden Hill (IRE) 2-1 (11-10) Tracked leader, ridden before 5 out, led before last, kept on well run-in, won at Doncaster 3m 2f (5) gs in Feb beating Ardea (12-4) by 6l, 5 ran.

Wells De Lune (FR) 4-7fav (12-4) Made all, kept on well from last, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f (4) hvy in Feb beating Deadly Sting (11-10) by 8l, 7 ran.

Wonderful Charm (FR) (12-4) Held up, close 3rd going well after 16th, led before 4 out, rider lost iron briefly after 3 out, clear next, very easily, won at Musselburgh 3m 3f (5) sft in Feb beating Winged Crusader (12-1) by 6l, 6 ran.

Young Hurricane (IRE) 4-9fav (12-10) Held up; eff 15; ev ch last; unable qckn, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Soleil D'Avril (12-5) at Duncombe Park 3m gs in Feb.