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13:15 Cheltenham

Fairlight Books Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)

  • 19 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 87y
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £12,000 added
  • Winner: £7,507
  • 2nd: £2,218
  • 3rd: £1,109
  • 4th: £554
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 2.70s
  • Off Time: 13:17:33
  • 19 Ran
1st
3rd
4th
1
14/1
  • Form: 53-212
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Official Rating: 125
  • Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien

mid-division, outpaced 2 out, never on terms, weakened flat

2

Man Look

17 h D
25/1
  • Form: 122231
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Official Rating: 124
  • Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Jockey: W T Kennedy

with leader, hit 4 out, lost place after 2 out, soon ridden, weakened last

3
25/1
  • Form: 2233-52
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Official Rating: 124
  • Trainer: Oliver Greenall
  • Jockey: Mr Robert Hawker

mid-division on inside, headway 2 out, soon chased leaders, ridden and every chance before last, kept on same pace flat

4
  • Form: 3-12
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-11
  • Official Rating: 124
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty

held up towards rear of mid-division when lost action and eased approaching 3rd, pulled up soon after

5
20/1
  • Form: 41117
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-10
  • Official Rating: 123
  • Trainer: T R George
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin

tracked leaders, headway 3 out, led before next, headed narrowly last, soon ridden, no extra in 3rd flat

6
  • Form: 3222-31
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-9
  • Official Rating: 122
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton

held up behind, hit 3 out, some headway under pressure between last 2, never near leaders

7
33/1
  • Form: 102316
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8
  • Official Rating: 121
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Jockey: K M Donoghue

towards rear, outpaced 2 out, never near leaders

8
7/1
  • Form: 10/8522-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-8
  • Official Rating: 121
  • Trainer: Mrs S Gardner
  • Jockey: Lucy Gardner

tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression

9
20/1
  • Form: 97222-1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • Official Rating: 119
  • Trainer: Mrs R Dobbin
  • Jockey: Craig Nichol

in touch, driven and lost place after 2 out, soon outpaced, ridden and kept on under pressure from last, never on terms

10
9/2
  • Form: 9/132-2
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 115
  • Trainer: Evan Williams
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge

held up in touch, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders before last, went 2nd and kept on flat, no impression with winner

11
100/1
  • Form: 227/
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 115
  • Trainer: C N Kellett
  • Jockey: D Crosse

mid-division on outside, mistake 4 out, soon behind, tailed off

12
  • Form: 0U-44
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 11-1
  • Official Rating: 114
  • Trainer: P Phelan
  • Jockey: Sean Houlihan

always towards rear, mistake 3 out, weakened next, tailed off

13

Magic Dancer

4 pt D
10/3
  • Form: 329-721
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-0
  • Official Rating: 113
  • Trainer: Kerry Lee
  • Jockey: Richard Patrick

held up towards rear, smooth headway 3 out, close up next, came towards stands side rail and led narrowly when not fluent last, ridden clear flat, stayed on well

14
  • Form: 6442-67
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-13
  • Official Rating: 112
  • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Jockey: Killian Moore

made most to before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off

15
66/1
  • Form: 322/50-0
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 110
  • Trainer: Mrs S Leech
  • Jockey: C Gethings

always behind, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

16
  • Form: 61334/3
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 110
  • Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Jockey: P J Brennan

in rear, headway 3 out, outpaced after next, never near leaders, weakened flat

17

Plato's Kode (IRE)

30 pt BFD
20/1
  • Form: 1123
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 10-10
  • Official Rating: 124
  • Trainer: S Durack
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman

chased leaders, outpaced 2 out, weakened from last

18

Samson

36 p D
50/1
  • Form: 814315
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 108
  • Trainer: Mrs S Leech
  • Jockey: James Best

tracked leaders, hit 4 out, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, no impression after

19
20/1
  • Form: 75-P321
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 106
  • Trainer: B J Llewellyn
  • Jockey: Robert Williams

mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, never on terms

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

An impossible-looking handicap in which most have some sort of chance. Oxwich Bay ran a blinder under a big weight at Warwick on his reappearance and could easily go one better. Man Look produced a career-best to score at Bangor but that was over 2m4f. Magic Dancer escapes a penalty for last week’s win under Richard Patrick at Kempton while neither Or De Vassy nor Slanelough were winning out of turn last time. Plato's Kode is a useful juvenile and Banditry is proving consistent, as is Zalvados. COUNTER SHY beat Banditry at Worcester in September and then only found one too good under a penalty at Uttoxeter. He’s only had two hurdle starts so there should be more to come.

Formwatch

Banditry (IRE) 5-4fav (11-13) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased winner from last, kept on and well held, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Peruvien Bleu (12-0) at Ludlow 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.

Man Look 12-1 (11-8) Made all, ridden before 2 out, pressed last, stayed on well to assert flat, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Cave Top (11-9) by 3 1/4l, 9 ran.

Zalvados (FR) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, not much room on inside before 2 out, soon led, mistake and headed last, held flat, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Whatmore (11-4) at Bangor 2m 1f (4) gd in Oct.

Counter Shy (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Mid-division, tracked leaders 4 out, effort between last 2, ridden and ran on after last, soon every chance, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Midnight Shadow (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m (4) sft in Oct.

Champagne City 7-1 (10-12) Badly hampered 1st, always in rear, never able to recover, 7th of 10, 35l behind Silver Streak (10-11) at Chepstow 2m hcp (2) gs in Oct.

Or De Vassy (FR) 9-4fav (10-12) In touch, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct beating Nicely Indeed (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.

Canny Tom (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, progress 2 out, 3rd after last, ridden in 5th entering straight, closer on outer early straight, no extra inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 8l behind Hard Bought (10-3) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hvy in Oct.

Coeur Blimey (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Raced wide, in mid-division, headway tracking leaders approaching 4th, close 3rd and every chance 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, ridden and 1 length down before last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Air Horse One (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn (4) sft in Jan.

Slanelough (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) In touch, headway after 3 out, challenged last, led run-in, kept on strongly, won at Carlisle 2m 1f (4) sft in Oct beating Bal De Rio (10-12) by 4l, 12 ran.

Oxwich Bay (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, challenged when hit next, led narrowly between last 2, ridden and headed when edged right flat, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind One For Billy (11-10) at Warwick 2m hcp (4) gs in Nov.

Argent Knight 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leader until after halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Arty Campbell (9-0) at Chepstow 2m hcp (4) gf in Jul.

Pivotal Flame (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 13, 9 1/4l behind Highway One O One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn (5) gs in Oct.

Magic Dancer 3-1fav (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, 2nd before next, led and hit 2 out, edged right between last 2, went left last, edged left and ridden clear run-in, won at Kempton 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov beating Jumping Jack (10-4) by 2l, 9 ran.

Spiritual Man (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, no impression after, 7th of 11, 20 1/4l behind One For Billy (11-10) at Warwick 2m hcp (4) gs in Nov.

Stuccodor (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up, always behind, 10th of 14, 37 1/4l behind Bobble Emerald (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.

War On The Rocks (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, driven in 5th after 2 out, kept on into 3rd close home, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 12, 7 1/2l behind Arty Campbell (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.

Plato's Kode (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 2 out to chase leaders, kept on after last, 3rd of 12, 3 1/4l behind American Craftsman (10-12) at Wetherby 2m (4) gd in Oct.

Samson 10-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 14, 21l behind Trans Express (10-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Oct.

Arty Campbell (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on inner into mid-division soon after 3 out, 2nd on bit between last 2, led last, quickened clear run-in, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Gibbes Bay (11-11) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.