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14:05 Cheltenham

Vincent O'brien County Handicap Hurdle (grade 3) (Class 1)

  • 28 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
  • £75,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 2.60s
  • Off Time: 14:05:20
  • 28 Ran
2nd
Silk -
33/1

    4th
    Silk -
    50/1

      1
      Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
      9/1
      • Form 211-111
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-12
      • Official Rating 152

      held up in rear, some headway under pressure after 3 out, ridden and weakened from next

      2
      Silk - Maroon and White diabolo, White and Maroon chevrons on sleeves, Maroon cap, White star
      40/1
      • Form 695311
      • Age 7
      • Weight 11-10
      • Official Rating 145

      led and clear to 5th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened

      3
      Silk - Yellow and Purple hoops, Black sleeves and cap
      • Form 811564
      • Age 7
      • Weight 11-7
      • Official Rating 147

      prominent main group, headway 3 out, still in touch when hampered next, not recover, soon weakened

      4
      Silk - PURPLE, gold sleeves, hooped cap
      • Form 211233
      • Age 6
      • Weight 11-6
      • Official Rating 146

      prominent main group, hampered 2 out, driven to chase leaders, between last 2, kept on flat

      5
      Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
      11/1
      • Form 1R1-121
      • Age 6
      • Weight 11-1
      • Official Rating 141

      mid-division, headway 2 out, effort on inside between last 2, weakened last

      6
      Silk - Red, White Question Mark on back and front, Red and White quartered cap
      18/1
      • Form 6-62221
      • Age 8
      • Weight 11-1
      • Official Rating 141

      mid-division on inside, lost place 3 out, soon behind

      7
      Silk - Royal Blue, Dark Green sleeves and cap

      Songe (FR)

      34 D
      50/1
      • Form 08-4270
      • Age 6
      • Weight 11-0
      • Official Rating 140

      prominent main group, lost place after 3 out, ridden next, stayed on approaching last, never on terms

      8
      Silk - White, Dark Blue chevron, Red and White chevrons on sleeves
      40/1
      • Form 3P1000
      • Age 6
      • Weight 11-0
      • Official Rating 140

      mid-division on inside, effort approaching 2 out, weakened before last

      9
      Silk - ROYAL BLUE and WHITE HOOPS, white sleeves, white cap, royal blue stars

      Tawaagg

      55
      12/1
      • Form 221-112
      • Age 6
      • Weight 10-13
      • Official Rating 139

      mid-division, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened

      10
      Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap
      • Form 123257
      • Age 5
      • Weight 10-12
      • Official Rating 138

      prominent main group, chased leaders 2 out, soon ridden, weakened last

      11
      Silk - RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap
      16/1
      • Form 1222-1
      • Age 6
      • Weight 10-11
      • Official Rating 137

      mid-division, weakened from 3 out

      12
      Silk - Beige, Beige and Dark Green check sleeves, Dark Green cap
      • Form 15113
      • Age 5
      • Weight 10-10
      • Official Rating 136

      mid-division, still there and going well enough when hampered badly 2 out, not recover, soon eased

      13
      Silk - Light Blue, White chevrons, White sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Light Blue and White striped cap
      20/1
      • Form 5-24420
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-9
      • Official Rating 135

      tracked clear leader, close up 5th, led before 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, kept on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish

      14
      Silk - Dark blue and red (halved), dark blue sleeves, white cap
      • Form PP-135
      • Age 5
      • Weight 10-8
      • Official Rating 134

      behind, headway 2 out, kept on from last, nearest finish

      15
      Silk - RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star
      • Form 440110
      • Age 6
      • Weight 10-8
      • Official Rating 134

      held up in mid-division, headway 2 out, soon chased leaders, led last, ridden and stayed on flat

      16
      Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap
      33/1
      • Form 5-0U315
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-6
      • Official Rating 132

      prominent main group, outpaced 3 out, ridden next, stayed on approaching last, no impression

      17
      Silk - White, Red seams, White and Royal Blue diabolo on sleeves, White cap, Red diamond
      50/1
      • Form U6-2670
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-6
      • Official Rating 132

      always behind

      18
      Silk - Red, Yellow braces, White sleeves and cap
      25/1
      • Form 141
      • Age 5
      • Weight 10-6
      • Official Rating 132

      prominent main group, headway 2 out, ridden and effort between last 2, one pace last

      19
      Silk - Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves
      50/1
      • Form 664-819
      • Age 6
      • Weight 10-6
      • Official Rating 132

      held up in mid-division, headway 3 out, challenged going well between last 2, every chance last, ridden and one pace flat

      20
      Silk - Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap
      100/1
      • Form 84-450F
      • Age 10
      • Weight 10-6
      • Official Rating 132

      mid-division, weakened 3 out

      21
      Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap

      Izita Star

      99 D
      100/1
      • Form 03055F
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-6
      • Official Rating 132

      mid-division, headway after 3 out, disputing close up 4th and no chance when fell next

      22
      Silk - Yellow and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Yellow armlets

      Fushe Jo

      34 D
      100/1
      • Form 3/21-P10
      • Age 6
      • Weight 10-5
      • Official Rating 131

      prominent main group, effort approaching 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened last

      23
      Silk - Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap

      Arcalis

      41 DCD
      33/1
      • Form 6578-00
      • Age 10
      • Weight 10-4
      • Official Rating 130

      mid-division, driven 2 out, switched inside and headway between last 2, ridden and stayed on well flat to go 2nd towards finish, not reached winner

      24
      Silk - Yellow, black disc, halved sleeves, black cap
      50/1
      • Form 0031-52
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-3
      • Official Rating 129

      mid-division, headway to chase leaders after 2 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure flat

      25
      Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
      33/1
      • Form 8-F3970
      • Age 8
      • Weight 10-3
      • Official Rating 129

      mid-division, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last

      26
      Silk - Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves

      Oldrik (GER)

      6 p D
      8/1
      • Form 0-22852
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-3
      • Official Rating 129

      mid-division on outside, headway approaching 2 out, soon ridden and no impression

      27
      Silk - Royal Blue, White hoops, Royal Blue sleeves, White spots
      33/1
      • Form 3-02336
      • Age 7
      • Weight 10-3
      • Official Rating 129

      behind, headway into mid-division 2 out, never near leaders

      28
      Silk - MAROON, white disc, quartered cap
      14/1
      • Form 351641
      • Age 5
      • Weight 10-3
      • Official Rating 129

      behind, outpaced approaching 2 out, stayed on into mid-division soon after, never near leaders

      Previous results

      In depth

      Verdict

      This is normally run at a frantic pace and this renewal should be no exception and BELLVANO contests this race rather than other entries at this festival so is preferred to Tawaagg and Tito Bustillo. Nicky Henderson looks to have a strong grip on this race, and the selection's form has received a boost this week with the victory of Menorah in the Supreme Novices'. Although his best runs have come at Newbury, he should handle this track and although deserted by McCoy he has Barry Geraghty in the plate as compensation. Puyol and Tawagg are closely linked on their Leopardstown run last time and that handicap form looks solid, although new marks over here make life tough. Songe could be well-handicapped after some poor runs this year but his breathing has been a problem, Noble Prince is consistent and likely to run a good race up the hill, whilst Marodima's resurgence has come at a much lower level and he'll be running on empty in the closing stages. Rock Noir is a fascinating contender on his UK debut and the fact that AP McCoy rides would hint to a very big run, but it is hard to say whether this mark of 152 is fair. If we go on a form line though Jumbo Rio who he beat last time, then one would have to feel that it could be generous. Eradicate's Musselburgh form has been working out extremely well, Tito Bustillo doesn't have much to find with the selection on their Newbury running and he's favoured by the weights, whilst Thousand Stars and Tarkari could be well-handicapped and the latter off bottom-weight looks an interesting contender. Howard Johnson throws a few darts at the target and the pick could be the chaser Santa's Son despite jockey bookings suggesting otherwise. Inventor was classy on the flat and a mark of 132 may not be beyond him in this realm, whilst Keki Buku represents a stable in fine form and is a contender assuming his jumping holds up. As tough a puzzle as you'll have found all week, but the tentative selection is Bellvano.

      Formwatch

      Rock Noir (FR) (10-5) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 1 hvy in Nov beating Jumbo Rio (10-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.

      Marodima (FR) 11-4fav (11-6) Made all, soon well clear, over 25 lenghts ahead 6th, 7 lenghts clear 3 out, ridden before next, clung on gamely, won at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs beating The Real Deal (10-11) by 1l, 7 ran.

      Bahrain Storm (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, close up when mistake 2 out, soon ridden, 5th last, kept on under pressure close home, 4th of 7, 6l behind Won In The Dark (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl sft in Feb.

      Noble Prince (GER) 7-2 (11-7) Held up in 5th, 4th before 3 out, headway in 3rd entering straight, ridden to challenge approaching last, no extra in 3rd run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Luska Lad (11-10) at Gowran Park 2m hdl G2 sft in Feb.

      Bellvano (GER) 8-11fav (11-12) Held up, in rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders from next, led last, hung badly left flat, stayed on well enough, won at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Feb beating Gus Macrae (11-2) by 1l, 12 ran.

      Puyol (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 9th 3 out, progress into 6th next, ridden in 3rd entering straight, led last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m ext hcp hdl hvy in Jan beating Tawaagg (10-9) by 1/2l, 30 ran.

      Songe (FR) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, no headway soon after 3 out, 11th of 23, 20l behind Get Me Out Of Here (10-6) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Feb.

      Mutual Friend (USA) 66-1 (11-1) Alway behind, 10th of 16, 20l behind Beshabar (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.

      Tawaagg 16-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division, headway from 3 out, ridden in 9th on outer entering straight, 3rd at last, kept on well run-in, 2nd of 30, 1/2l behind Puyol (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m ext hcp hdl hvy in Jan.

      Any Given Day (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear, stayed on from 2 out, never reached leaders, 7th of 23, 11l behind Get Me Out Of Here (10-6) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Feb.

      Eradicate (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Raced keenly in touch, headway after 3 out, ridden to lead at bypassed 2 out, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb beating Palomar (10-9) by 2l, 12 ran.

      Tito Bustillo (FR) 9-4 (11-12) Close up in 5th, effort 2 out, challenged and every chance last, one pace flat, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Bellvano (11-12) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.

      Dee Ee Williams (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Raced keenly in touch, driven and outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, 11th of 16, 22l behind Beshabar (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.

      Secret Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up and always in rear, struggling when mistake 2 out, 5th of 6, 32l behind Zaynar (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) sft in Dec.

      Thousand Stars (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division on outer, some headway from 2 out, ridden and no impression straight, 14th of 30, 14l behind Puyol (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m ext hcp hdl hvy in Jan.

      Keki Buku (FR) 10-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, no impression on leaders after 3 out, 5th of 13, 24l behind Micheal Flips (10-11) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.

      European Dream (IRE) 50-1 (10-6) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 12th of 23, 22l behind Get Me Out Of Here (10-6) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Feb.

      Inventor (IRE) 8-13fav (11-11) Made all, ridden approaching last, ran on well, won at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Mister Wall Street (11-4) by 5l, 12 ran.

      Zanir (FR) 6-1 (11-3) In touch, driven and outpaced 2 out, ridden and weakened last, 9th of 12, 22l behind Eradicate (10-13) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.

      Santa's Son (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, lost place 3rd, in rear when blundered and fell 7th, in a race won by Kalahari King (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Feb, 15 ran.

      Izita Star 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, fell 10th, in a race won by Calusa Crystal (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Mares Novice Chase (4yo+) (4) gs in Dec, 3 ran.

      Fushe Jo 33-1 (10-1) Mid-division, driven and weakened soon after 2 out, 16th of 23, 32l behind Get Me Out Of Here (10-6) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Feb.

      Arcalis 40-1 (10-5) Always in rear, tailed off 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Beshabar (9-11) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Feb.

      Gloucester 14-1 (9-9) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, chased winner approaching last, one pace, 2nd of 17, 2 1/4l behind Valain (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Aug.

      Stradbrook (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led until headed approaching 4th, stayed close up until weakened 3 out, 11th of 16, 18l behind Arctic Magic (10-2) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (2) sft in Jan.

      Oldrik (GER) 16-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, headway 3 out, led next, ridden last, kept on until headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 23, 2l behind Qaspal (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs.

      Pascha Bere (FR) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 23, 19l behind Qaspal (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs.

      Tarkari (IRE) 5-2fav (10-2) Tracked leaders, 7th 3 out, 4th 2 out, 5th early straight, ridden to lead last, stayed on under pressure, won at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb beating Jigalo (10-1) by 1l, 20 ran.