15:40 Cheltenham

Friday 13 December 2019

All12:1012:4513:2013:5514:3015:0515:40
  • Citipost Handicap Hurdle
  • Class 2  |   2m 7f 213y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places )  |   11 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:42  |   Winning time: 6m 13.7s
1st
9
13/2
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
Held up behind, smooth headway on outside 2 out, came towards stands side rail and led when mistake last, ridden and edged left flat, kept on well towards finish op 8/1 tchd 6/1
2nd
1 ¾
3
611-3
11/4f
T: G McPhersonJ: Kielan Woods
Tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, one pace approaching last, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, not reach winner tchd 3/1
3rd
1
2
9/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Led, hit and headed narrowly 8th, ridden between last 2, kept on and every chance from last, no extra towards finish op 8/1 tchd 10/1
4th
1 ¾
4
7/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Held up mid-division, tracked leaders on inside after 2 out, every chance last, soon ridden, kept on, no extra towards finish op 15/2 tchd 8/1
5th
5
11
9/1
T: Miss S SmithJ: G Sheehan
Pressed leader, led narrowly 8th, ridden and headed before last, kept on until weakened and lost place closing stages op 12/1
6th
2
10
40/1
T: Mrs S LeechJ: Adrian Heskin
Held up behind, outpaced 2 out, ridden and kept on under pressure after last, never threatened leaders
7th
½
6
9/1
T: O MurphyJ: B J Geraghty
Mid-division, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, ridden before last, never on terms, weakened flat tchd 8/1
8th
10
1
6/1
T: C L TizzardJ: H Cobden
Mid-division, tracked leaders 3 out, challenged after next, driven and unable to quicken before last, weakened flat op 11/2
9th
½
7
12/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Bridget Andrews
Held up towards rear, outpaced after 2 out, soon ridden, never able to challenge, weakened flat op 11/1
10th
2
12
25/1
T: L WadhamJ: Aidan Coleman
Held up towards rear, headway on outside after 3 out, driven after next, lost place before last, weakened flat
11th
8
5
16/1
T: W GreatrexJ: Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
Tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, ridden and lost place before last, weakened flat op 20/1

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Non-Runners

8
Lungarno Palace18
Weight: 10-6|  Age: 8
T: F O'Brien  J: A P Cawley
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£6.50Pl:£2.30, £1.60, £1.90EX:£24.30Trifecta:£329.20Tricast:£163.59SF:£25.06Swingers:£4.40, £9.40, £4.80

Forecasts

Ask Ben (11/4), Kilbricken Storm (6/1), Goodbye Dancer (13/2), Falco Blitz (7/1), Champers On Ice (9/1), Debestyman (9/1), Smackwater Jack (9/1), No Getaway (12/1), Lungarno Palace (12/1), Printing Dollars (16/1), Regarding Ruth (25/1), Man Of Plenty (40/1)

Verdict

The hat-trick seeking Champers On Ice is sure to be a popular order given he won a hot Newbury handicap in good style over this trip last time and his previous novice form still leaves him looking well handicapped. Kilbricken Storm runs in his first ever handicap and this former Grade 1 winner could well be dangerously handicapped returning from a wind op. ASK BEN edges the vote though on the basis of his run at Haydock last time where he travelled like the best horse in the race for nearly the entire race. No Getaway, an easy winner last time and Smackwater Jack unexposed as a stayer deserve respect as does Falco Blitz another likely improver over a staying trip.
  1. Ask Ben
  2. Champers On Ice
  3. Kilbricken Storm

Previous Winners

2018
Aaron Lad
Weight: 11-9  |Age: 7
15/2

Prize Money

1st: £13,763.002nd: £4,066.003rd: £2,033.004th: £1,016.005th: £508.006th: £255.00
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