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15:30 Cheltenham 12 Mar 2019

Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner £253,215 - 10 ran

2m 87y

Soft

4
Weighed In
Pos. Dist Beaten Horse SP Age / wt OR Jockey / Trainer
1
Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star (Mr John P McManus)

3. Espoir D'allen (FR)

held up in mid-division, closed 4 out, 3rd before 3 out, led 2 out, allowed to drift right when drawing clear before last, stayed on strongly, impressive

16/1 5 11-10 162 M P WalshG P Cromwell
2 15
Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, black star (Mrs J Donnelly)

5. Melon

led until 2 out, no impression on winner before not fluent last, edged right flat, being closed on by 3rd close home

20/1 7 11-10 p1 165 P TownendW P Mullins
3 nk
White, maroon hoop, sleeves and cap (Mr L Fell)

7. Silver Streak (IRE)

held up in rear, jumped right at times, closed after mistake 4 out, went 3rd last, no chance with winner, kept on under pressure and closing on 2nd close home

80/1 6 11-10 156 Adam WedgeEvan Williams
4
Red, pink hoop and armlets (Sullivan Bloodstock Limited)

9. Laurina (FR)

tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, hit next, ridden after 2 out, dropped to 4th last, stayed on same pace

5/2 2Fav 6 11-3 159 Ruby WalshW P Mullins
5 7
Light blue, white cross belts, red cap (Crimbourne Stud)

10. Verdana Blue (IRE)

held up towards rear, went 5th 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, never on terms and well held before last

33/1 7 11-3 157 D N RussellN J Henderson
6 6
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap (Gigginstown House Stud)

8. Apple's Jade (FR)

with leader, hit 2nd, lost 2nd 4 out, well beaten before 3 out

7/4 Fav 7 11-3 t 166 J W KennedyG Elliott
7 45
Pink, mauve star, mauve sleeves, pink stars and cap (The Megsons)

4. Global Citizen (IRE)

mid-division on inside, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off

50/1 7 11-10 159 David BassBen Pauling
PU
White, black cap (Mr Michael Buckley)

1. Brain Power (IRE)

held up in rear, not fluent 4th, slightly hampered 4 out, soon ridden and beaten, weakened before next, pulled up before 2 out

33/1 8 11-10 p 158 Nico de BoinvilleN J Henderson
F
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

2. Buveur D'air (FR)

held up in touch in 4th, fell 3rd

11/4 8 11-10 172 B J GeraghtyN J Henderson
B
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap (Mrs S Ricci)

6. Sharjah (FR)

held up in mid-division, brought down 3rd

20/1 6 11-10 165 Mr P W MullinsW P Mullins

Off Time: 15:30:39

Winning Time: 3m 59.07s

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2020 11:48:27

Pos Date Race Details Result SP Age/Wgt Jockey OR Video
1

held up in mid-division, closed 4 out, 3rd before 3 out, led 2 out, allowed to drift right when drawing clear before last, stayed on strongly, impressive

16/1 5 11-10 M P Walsh 162
2 15
Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, black star (Mrs J Donnelly)

5. Melon

led until 2 out, no impression on winner before not fluent last, edged right flat, being closed on by 3rd close home

20/1 7 11-10 p1 P Townend 165
F/7 04 Apr 2019 Ain 20F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £140,325 (J) to Supasundae  8/1 711-7 P Townend 157
7/7 03 May 2019 Pun 16F Y  Cl1 HdlGd1 €176,999 (J) to Buveur D'air (10¾L)   5/1 711-12 P Townend 159
12/12 18 May 2019 Aut 25½F Very Soft  HdlGd1 €220,500 (J) to Benie Des Dieux (29L) 12/1 710-10 R M Power 157
2/13 10 Nov 2019 Nav 17F SH  Ch €10,200 (J) to Fakir D'oudairies (3L)   9/10 Fav 711-12 P Townend -
Won/8 27 Dec 2019 Leo 17F Sft  Ch €10,499 (J) bt Gallant John Joe (2¼L)   5/4 Fav 711-12 P Townend -
4/6 01 Feb 2020 Leo 17F Y/Sft  Cl1 ChGd1 €90,000 (J) to Notebook (19¾L)   4/1 811-10 P Townend -
3 nk

held up in rear, jumped right at times, closed after mistake 4 out, went 3rd last, no chance with winner, kept on under pressure and closing on 2nd close home

80/1 6 11-10 Adam Wedge 156
5/7 04 Apr 2019 Ain 20F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £140,325 (J) to Supasundae (43L)   25/1 611-7 Adam Wedge 156
Won/5 20 Oct 2019 Kmp 16F Gd  Cl1 HdlList £22,780 (J) bt Beat The Judge (8L)   9/4 2Fav 611-0 Adam Wedge 154
3/5 30 Nov 2019 Ncs 16F Hy  Cl1 HdlGd1 £61,897 (J) to Cornerstone Lad (3¼L)   7/1 J2Fav 611-7 Adam Wedge 154
2/10 26 Dec 2019 Kmp 16F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £74,035 (J) to Epatante (5L)   11/1 611-7 Adam Wedge 154
6/17 10 Mar 2020 Che 16½F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £264,610 (J) to Epatante (12L)   20/1 711-10 Adam Wedge 158
Won/6 18 Oct 2020 Kmp 16F Gd  Cl1 HdlList £18,224 (J) bt Verdana Blue (6½L)   9/2 2Fav 711-4 T J O'Brien 158
4

tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, hit next, ridden after 2 out, dropped to 4th last, stayed on same pace

5/2 2Fav 6 11-3 Ruby Walsh 159
Won/10 23 Nov 2019 Gow 20F Hy  Ch €10,200 (J) bt Minella Indo (8L)   3/10 Fav 611-5 P Townend -
PU/5 26 Dec 2019 Leo 17F Y  Cl1 ChGd1 €60,000 (J) to Notebook  11/10 Fav 611-5 P Townend -
PU/7 01 Feb 2020 San 20F Sft  Cl1 NovChGd1 £31,322 (J) to Itchy Feet  5/4 Fav 710-11 Nico de Boinville -
3/5 19 Feb 2020 Pun 20F SH  Cl1 HdlGd3 €19,500 (J) to Elfile (3¼L)   11/8 Fav 711-0 P Townend 159
3/3 21 Nov 2020 Asc 19½F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd2 £22,780 (J) to Song For Someone (46L)   11/8 Fav 710-7 H Cobden 154
6/8 01 May 2021 Pun 20F Gd/Y  Cl1 HdlGd1 €72,000 (J) to Stormy Ireland (39L)   66/1 811-9 S W Flanagan 154
5 7

held up towards rear, went 5th 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, never on terms and well held before last

33/1 7 11-3 D N Russell 157
Won/14 13 Apr 2019 Ayr 16F Gd  Cl1 HcpHdlGd2 £59,798 (J) bt Dino Velvet (7L)   4/1 Fav 711-10 C Brace 154
4/7 01 May 2019 Asc 16F GF  Cl1 Grp3 £34,026 (F) to Dee Ex Bee (5¾L)   7/2 78-13 Oisin Murphy 92
4/10 26 Dec 2019 Kmp 16F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £74,035 (J) to Epatante (9¼L)   7/1 711-0 J McGrath 162
2/19 16 Jun 2020 Asc 20F GS  Cl2 Hcp £22,642 (F) to Coeur de Lion (1L)   4/1 Fav 89-10 R L Moore 100
3/21 22 Aug 2020 Yor 14F Sft  Cl2 Hcp £140,000 (F) to Fujaira Prince (2L)   9/1 89-2 R L Moore 102
2/6 18 Oct 2020 Kmp 16F Gd  Cl1 HdlList £18,224 (J) to Silver Streak (6½L)   1/2 Fav 810-7 Nico de Boinville 160
6 6

with leader, hit 2nd, lost 2nd 4 out, well beaten before 3 out

7/4 Fav 7 11-3 t J W Kennedy 166
3/15 06 Apr 2019 Ain 24½F Gd  Cl1 HdlGd1 £101,034 (J) to If The Cap Fits (½L)   5/6 Fav 711-0 J W Kennedy 163
5/7 03 May 2019 Pun 16F Y  Cl1 HdlGd1 €176,999 (J) to Buveur D'air (4¾L)   2/1 JFav 711-5 J W Kennedy 163
2/5 10 Nov 2019 Nav 20F SH  Cl1 HdlGd2 €25,500 (J) to Bacardys (9½L)   1/4 Fav 711-5 R M Power 162
3/6 01 Dec 2019 Fai 20F Y/Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 €75,000 (J) to Honeysuckle (13L)   5/2 2Fav 711-3 J W Kennedy 162
Won/7 28 Dec 2019 Leo 24F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 €60,000 (J) bt Unowhatimeanharry (17L)   6/4 JFav 711-3 J W Kennedy 157
PU/6 23 Jan 2020 Gow 24F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd2 €27,000 (J) to Benie Des Dieux  11/8 2Fav 811-3 D N Russell 157
7 45

mid-division on inside, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off

50/1 7 11-10 David Bass 159
4/5 24 Oct 2019 Car 16F GS  Cl3 Ch £7,473 (J) to Brewin'upastorm (21L)   9/4 J2Fav 711-2 David Bass 156
Won/6 27 Dec 2019 Kmp 16F Sft  Cl1 NovChGd2 £22,780 (J) bt Rouge Vif (1½L)   8/1 711-2 David Bass 156
4/11 10 Mar 2020 Che 16F Sft  Cl1 NovChGd1 £98,472 (J) to Put The Kettle On (19¾L)   33/1 811-4 David Bass 156
PU/10 03 Nov 2020 Exe 17½F Gd  Cl1 HcpChGd2 £32,329 (J) to Greaneteen  15/2 811-5 David Bass 153
PU/6 27 Dec 2020 Kmp 16F Sft  Cl1 ChGd2 £45,560 (J) to Nube Negra  20/1 811-3 Aidan Coleman 151
PU/25 19 Mar 2021 Che 17F GS  Cl1 HcpHdlGd3 £42,202 (J) to Belfast Banter  100/1 911-7 David Bass 150
PU

held up in rear, not fluent 4th, slightly hampered 4 out, soon ridden and beaten, weakened before next, pulled up before 2 out

33/1 8 11-10 p Nico de Boinville 158
PU/14 13 Apr 2019 Ayr 16F Gd  Cl1 HcpHdlGd2 £59,798 (J) to Verdana Blue  11/1 811-9 Nico de Boinville 153
6/6 18 Oct 2020 Kmp 16F Gd  Cl1 HdlList £18,224 (J) to Silver Streak (17¼L)   14/1 911-6 Aidan Coleman 150
2/12 24 Oct 2021 Tfm 24F     to Marinero (1½L)   2/1 11-11 D McGill -
F

held up in touch in 4th, fell 3rd

11/4 8 11-10 B J Geraghty 172
2/7 04 Apr 2019 Ain 20F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £140,325 (J) to Supasundae (1¼L)   5/6 Fav 811-7 B J Geraghty 172
Won/7 03 May 2019 Pun 16F Y  Cl1 HdlGd1 €176,999 (J) bt Supasundae (2½L)   2/1 JFav 811-12 D N Russell 167
2/5 30 Nov 2019 Ncs 16F Hy  Cl1 HdlGd1 £61,897 (J) to Cornerstone Lad (shd)   2/13 Fav 811-7 B J Geraghty 167
2/3 23 Jan 2021 Hdo 15½F Hy  Cl1 HdlGd2 £26,909 (J) to Navajo Pass (4¼L)   8/11 Fav 1011-4 Nico de Boinville 163
4/11 08 Apr 2021 Ain 20F GS  Cl1 HdlGd1 £104,963 (J) to Abacadabras (4¾L)   6/1 1011-7 Nico de Boinville 158
B

held up in mid-division, brought down 3rd

20/1 6 11-10 Mr P W Mullins 165
4/5 16 Nov 2019 Pun 16½F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 €60,000 (J) to Saldier (8½L)   7/2 2Fav 611-10 Mr P W Mullins 163
Won/5 29 Dec 2019 Leo 16F Gd  Cl1 HdlGd1 €75,000 (J) bt Petit Mouchoir (3¾L)   9/2 611-10 Mr P W Mullins 162
6/9 01 Feb 2020 Leo 16F Y/Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 €114,000 (J) to Honeysuckle (10¾L)   2/1 2Fav 711-10 Mr P W Mullins 162
2/17 10 Mar 2020 Che 16½F Sft  Cl1 HdlGd1 £264,610 (J) to Epatante (3L)   16/1 711-10 Mr P W Mullins 163
4/18 28 Jun 2020 Cur 16F Gd  Hcp €14,400 (F) to Dalton Highway (8L)   4/1 2Fav 79-11 W J Lee 92
10/20 27 Jul 2020 Gal 17F Sft  Hcp €45,000 (F) to Princess Zoe (4¼L)   5/2 Fav 711-10 Mr P W Mullins 94
Pace Summary
Prominent racers Position Raced in rear Position
Melon 2nd Silver Streak 3rd
Laurina 4th Verdana Blue 5th
Apple's Jade 6th Brain Power PU
Buveur D'air F
Betting returns
Type Winnings
Betfair SP £26.00
Tote Win £22.30 (3)
Tote Place £3.30 (3) , £2.80 (5) , £7.30 (7)
Tote Swinger £48.80 (3, 5) , £103.70 (3, 7) , £156.70 (5, 7)
Tote Exacta £277.60 (3, 5)
Tote Trifecta £17569.50 (3, 5, 7)
CSF £251.60 (3, 5)
Tricast £22067.60 (3, 5, 7)