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17:30 Cheltenham

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1)

  • 24 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 62y
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
  • £105,000 added
  • Winner: £59,798
  • 2nd: £22,438
  • 3rd: £11,235
  • 4th: £5,596
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 1.40s
  • Off Time: 17:33:12
  • 24 Ran
2nd
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13/2

    1
    Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star

    Eastlake (IRE)

    48 t DCD
    28/1
    • Form 91-PP1P
    • Age 11
    • Weight 11-12
    • Official Rating 154

    mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, every chance 2 out, one pace last, weakened flat

    2
    Silk - Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves

    Dodging Bullets

    34 pt DCD
    8/1
    • Form 3-3P443
    • Age 9
    • Weight 11-9
    • Official Rating 151

    mid-division, hit 4th, reminder after 8th, mistake 4 out, weakened next, behind when pulled up before 2 out

    3
    Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
    • Form 34324P
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-8
    • Official Rating 150

    always behind, weakened 3 out, eased flat, tailed off

    4
    Silk - White, black striped sleeves and cap
    10/1
    • Form 37-2080
    • Age 9
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 147

    prominent early, held up mid-division on inside, tracked leaders after 3 out, switched outside to challenge next, led last, ridden and stayed on well flat

    5
    Silk - Purple, Pink epaulets, striped sleeves and cap
    33/1
    • Form 61246F
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-5
    • Official Rating 147

    mid-division, hit 5 out, outpaced after 3 out, never on terms

    6
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap

    Le Prezien (FR)

    41 t DCD
    7/2
    • Form 12-2113
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 146

    mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, outpaced on outside before 2 out, soon ridden, no impression before last

    7
    Silk - EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap
    33/1
    • Form 54-8621
    • Age 9
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 145

    not fluent, always behind

    8
    Silk - Light blue, black star, black sleeves, light blue stars, light blue cap, black star
    • Form 834343
    • Age 10
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 145

    tracked leaders, disputed lead before 3 out, every chance next, lost place between last 2, well held after

    9
    Silk - YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star
    16/1
    • Form 0/1320-3
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-2
    • Official Rating 144

    pressed leader, lost place 3 out, weakened next

    10
    Silk - Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap

    Dandridge

    33 t D
    13/2
    • Form 2-94565
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-1
    • Official Rating 143

    mid-division, tracked leaders after 4 out, effort and every chance 2 out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression in 4th flat

    11
    Silk - Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap
    20/1
    • Form 2F-U241
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-0
    • Official Rating 142

    prominent, challenged on inside 2 out, soon led narrowly, headed last, ridden and kept on flat, held final 100 yards

    12
    Silk - Purple, black star and sleeves, white cap
    40/1
    • Form 115064
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-0
    • Official Rating 142

    mid-division, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened

    13
    Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap
    20/1
    • Form 40294F
    • Age 9
    • Weight 10-13
    • Official Rating 141

    mid-division, outpaced 4 out, behind from next

    14
    Silk - Yellow, Light Blue hooped sleeves

    Theinval (FR)

    95 p D
    9/1
    • Form 313341
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-13
    • Official Rating 141

    tracked leaders, challenged and every chance 2 out, ridden and one pace after last, stayed on to press for 2nd inside final 100 yards, no impression with winner

    15
    Silk - Yellow, Black sleeves and cap with Yellow tassel
    40/1
    • Form 10U983
    • Age 10
    • Weight 10-13
    • Official Rating 141

    prominent, led 2nd, hard pressed 3 out, headed after next, ridden and lost place after last, kept on same pace

    16
    Silk - White and royal blue check, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, pink stars
    18/1
    • Form 522322
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-12
    • Official Rating 140

    mid-division, blundered 4 out, outpaced after next, never reached leaders

    17
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, red cap

    Bold Henry

    20 DCD
    33/1
    • Form F-P6242
    • Age 11
    • Weight 10-12
    • Official Rating 140

    behind, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on into mid-division from last, never pace to trouble leaders

    18
    Silk - WHITE, purple chevron, yellow cap

    Solita (IRE)

    34 t D
    25/1
    • Form 827302
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-12
    • Official Rating 140

    slowly away, blundered 2nd, always behind, pulled up before 3 out

    19
    Silk - LIGHT BLUE, RED braces, WHITE sleeves, RED armlets, EMERALD GREEN cap

    Calipto (FR)

    328 t D
    14/1
    • Form P6/1338-
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-11
    • Official Rating 139

    towards rear, outpaced 3 out, ridden after next, late headway when not fluent last, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, not pace to get on terms

    20
    Silk - Black, yellow triple diamond, red sleeves, yellow cap
    100/1
    • Form 651B67
    • Age 9
    • Weight 10-10
    • Official Rating 138

    tracked leaders, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden and lost place, well held after

    21
    Silk - Royal Blue, Orange hoop and armlets, hooped cap
    33/1
    • Form 35-99P3
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-9
    • Official Rating 137

    went prominent on outside 4th, ridden when lost place after 3 out, weakened from next

    22
    Silk - Pink and Brown diamonds, Pink sleeves and cap
    66/1
    • Form 657126
    • Age 9
    • Weight 10-9
    • Official Rating 137

    led to 2nd, blundered and dropped to mid-division 3rd, lost place and behind from 7th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after next

    23
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow chevron and sleeves, purple cap
    50/1
    • Form 3FP32F
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-7
    • Official Rating 135

    mid-division, close up 7th, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next

    24
    Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap
    • Form 376U52
    • Age 10
    • Weight 10-7
    • Official Rating 135

    in touch, effort 3 out, ridden and lost place before next, soon weakened

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Solar Impulse beat Dandridge and Rock The World in this last year and is better off at the weights with both, though has changed stables since. It was be no surprise if Jessica Harrington’s charge proved the pick of that trio today as he looks to have been laid out for the race. Former champion chaser Dodging Bullets has only run in one handicap previously but has been looking a shadow of his former self. We prefer stablemate LE PREZIEN, who is a lot less exposed but has already won around here and has been taking on some top-class novices. Alan Fleming’s Velvet Maker is also worth a second look as he had a pipe-opener over hurdles last month, though was only 12th in this last year. Theinval will enjoy the drying ground and has had a nice break since winning at Plumpton in December while the mare Solita is also largely unexposed over fences and Paul Townend rode her to victory at Fairyhouse a year ago.

    Formwatch

    Eastlake (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always behind, pulled up before 2 out, at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Jan.

    Dodging Bullets 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 4th before 4 out, stayed on into 3rd before last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Altior (11-5) at Newbury 2m (1) sft in Feb.

    The Game Changer (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Settled 4th, 3rd 4 out, no impression in 4th 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Cork 2m 1f (1) Soft - Heavy in Dec.

    Rock The World (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up, mistake 3rd, closed before 7th, lost palace before 4 out, soon behind, 11th of 14, dist behind Fox Norton (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (2) gd in Oct.

    Quite By Chance 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, challenged 8th, led narrowly 9th until pushed along before 3 out, lost 2nd 3 out, ridden and beaten before next, fell last, at Kempton 2m 4f lst (1) gs in Jan.

    Le Prezien (FR) 3-1 (11-3) Never that fluent, raced wide and waited with in touch, not fluent 2nd and 4th, jumped slowly 7th, hit 13th, steady headway on wide outside into 3rd approaching 3 out, ridden and not quicken before last, 3rd of 5, 6 1/4l behind Top Notch (11-3) at Sandown 2m 4f (1) sft in Feb.

    Upsilon Bleu (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Doncaster 2m hcp (2) gd in Jan beating Double W's (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.

    Bright New Dawn (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up in touch in rear, mistake 7th, pushed along before 4 out, soon outpaced, plugged on from 2 out, 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 6, 7l behind San Benedeto (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp (2) sft in Mar.

    Velvet Maker (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Led, still travelling smoothly straight until headed approaching last where not much room and not fluent, soon no extra and one pace, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Grand Partner (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Feb.

    Dandridge 6-1 (10-0) Raced in 4th early, slight mistakes 5th and next, 7th and pushed along approaching straight, headway at last, kept on without threatening run-in, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Grand Partner (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Feb.

    Gardefort (FR) 5-2fav (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 7th, 2nd after 4 out, not fluent next, led last, stayed on, won at Wincanton 2m hcp (2) sft in Feb beating Astre De La Cour (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.

    Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up, in mid-division, ridden 9th, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 14, 26l behind Fox Norton (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (2) gd in Oct.

    Sizing Platinum (IRE) 9-4fav (11-9) Soon led, not fluent 5 out, fell next, at Ludlow 2m hcp (2) gs in Dec.

    Theinval (FR) Evens (11-4) Tracked leader, challenged 8th, shaken up before 2 out, led last, edged left, ran on, readily, won at Plumpton 2m 1f (3) gs in Dec beating Theo's Charm (10-13) by 2l, 3 ran.

    Croco Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up, not always fluent, hampered 3rd, closed next, outpaced 4 out, mistake 3 out, went 3rd but weakened next, 3rd of 7, 18 1/4l behind Gardefort (11-3) at Wincanton 2m hcp (2) sft in Feb.

    Pairofbrowneyes (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Held up behind leaders, moderate 4th halfway, ridden in moderate 3rd and no impression entering straight, stayed on into 2nd before last, closed on winner after last, no extra run-in and kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Alisier D'irlande (11-5) at Naas 2m (1) hvy in Feb.

    Bold Henry 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, 2nd 3 out, every chance last, held flat, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Sew On Target (10-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp (2) sft in Feb.

    Solita (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, travelled well to lead 2 out, slight mistake last and headed run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Slowmotion (10-2) at Naas 2m lst (1) sft in Feb.

    Calipto (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Held up, headway chasing leaders 12th, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 11, 11 1/2l behind Junction Fourteen (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in Apr.

    Ultragold (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leader until 3rd, chased leaders, weakened 3 out, last of 7, 14 3/4l behind Grey Gold (11-10) at Sandown 2m hcp (2) sft in Feb.

    Solar Impulse (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 5, 15l behind San Benedeto (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (3) gd in Feb.

    Un Beau Roman (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 8, 35 1/4l behind Upsilon Bleu (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp (2) gd in Jan.

    Mick Thonic (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Prominent, led before 5th, not fluent and headed 8th, lost place when not fluent 3 out, tired when slowed into last markedly and fell, at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Nov.

    Witness In Court (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, outpaced after 5 out, rallied next, chased winner 2 out, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 8l behind San Benedeto (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (3) gd in Feb.