Results

2 14:10 Cheltenham 15 Mar 2019

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5YO plus)

2m 179y Good to Soft

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Bridget Andrews
D Skelton
Star rating: 3
31-4714 7 11-12 153 t p
CF CD G HG Cl
D A Jacob
N J Henderson
Star rating: 3
11-3441 5 11-11 152
D G Cl
Harry Teal (5)
W Greatrex
Star rating: 3
65-5333 7 11-9 150 5 b1
CD G Cl BF
P Townend
W P Mullins
Star rating: 3
1122-2 5 11-8 149
CF CD G Cl
Harry Skelton
D Skelton
Star rating: 4
80-5692 8 11-5 146 WS
G Cl
Wayne Hutchinson
A King
Star rating: 3
3F-1228 5 11-4 145
G Cl
R Walsh
W P Mullins
Star rating: 4
14342-7 6 11-3 144 1
CF CD G Cl BF
Sam Twiston-Davies
Dr R D P Newland
Star rating: 3
00/6-132 7 11-3 144 b
C D G HG Cl BF
Lorcan Williams (5)
Miss I H Pickard
Star rating: 1
3-71116 11 11-3 144 p
CD G HG
D N Russell
G Elliott
Star rating: 3
F54450 5 11-1 142 6
G Cl
R M Power
C L Tizzard
Star rating: 2
013/455 9 11-1 142 t1 b1
CD G Cl
M G Nolan
P J Hobbs
Star rating: 3
016132 8 10-13 140 p
CF CD G HG Cl Hcp
R Johnson
P J Hobbs
Star rating: 5
10-4111 6 10-11 138 1
C D G Cl
H Cobden
P F Nicholls
Star rating: 3
1F5-041 7 10-10 137 t WS2
D G HG Cl
N D Fehily
W P Mullins
Star rating: 3
6P0-722 7 10-10 137 5 h
G HG Cl
J W Kennedy
G Elliott
Star rating: 3
233114 5 10-9 136 4
G Cl
Rachael Blackmore
H de Bromhead
Star rating: 2
1F2167 6 10-9 136 4
D G Cl
Charlie Hammond (5)
Dr R D P Newland
Star rating: 3
151194 6 10-8 135 1 b
C D G HG
B J Geraghty
N J Henderson
Star rating: 3
11/2115- 7 10-6 133
D G Cl
D F O'Regan
G Elliott
Star rating: 2
452103 8 10-6 133 4
D G Cl
Lizzie Kelly (3)
Mrs J Williams
Star rating: 4
3-3F112 5 10-5 (ow 1) 132 6
G Cl Hcp
G Sheehan
Jamie Snowden
Star rating: 3
8-11422 5 10-5 132 4
G Hcp
J B Kane (5)
G P Cromwell
Star rating: 2
12F005 7 10-2 129 2 p
G HG Cl
Sam Coltherd (3)
Kevin Frost
Star rating: 1
123714 10 10-0 127 4 b
D G HG
Verdict

Mohaayed and Bridget Andrews combined to take this last season, but return off a stone higher mark which makes life much tougher, so it may be Ch'tibello who carries the main Skelton hopes in a race they have a fine record in. Willie Mullins' Whiskey Sour was third last year and is only 3lb higher now so may fare best of those returning from the 2018 renewal, while he also saddles Mr Adjudicator, who was second in last year's Triumph Hurdle and was last seen chasing home Champion Hurdle winner Espoir D'Allen in a Naas Grade 3. However, preference is for ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU, who has won two useful contests this season before finishing fourth behind a progressive handicapper and some former Festival winners in his first handicap appearance at Leopardstown. He could be ahead of the assessor and the pick of the Gordon Elliott trio in this. Leoncavallo would have a chance if repeating his Galway Hurdle third, with Taunton winner Capitaine and Imperial Cup pair Monsieur Lecoq (second) and Storm Rising (fourth) others capable of getting in the mix.

Previous winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Soft 24 Mohaayed 6 10 11 139 73-1023 80 days D Skelton (27 miles) Bridget Andrews 33/ 1 4:18.00
2017 Good 25 Arctic Fire 8 11 12 158 F-21142 418 days W P Mullins (0 miles) P Townend 20/ 1 4:00.00
2016 Good 26 Superb Story 5 10 12 138 1444-12 124 days D Skelton (27 miles) H Skelton 8/ 1 3:55.50
2015 Soft 24 Wicklow Brave 6 11 4 138 6F-580P 6 days W P Mullins (0 miles) P Townend 25/ 1 4:05.40
2014 Good 28 Lac Fontana 5 10 11 139 238-141 48 days P Nicholls (69 miles) D Jacob 11/ 1 3:58.50
2013 Good to Soft 28 Ted Veale 6 10 6 134 311923 48 days A J Martin (0 miles) B J Cooper 10/ 1 4:16.10
2012 Good 26 Alderwood 8 11 1 139 610120 33 days Thomas Mullins (0 miles) A P McCoy 20/ 1 3:59.00
2011 Good 26 Final Approach 5 10 12 139 13-8051 68 days W P Mullins (0 miles) R Walsh 10/ 1 3:54.90
2010 Good 28 Thousand Stars 6 10 8 134 440110 55 days W P Mullins (0 miles) Ms K Walsh 20/ 1 4:02.60
2009 Good to Soft 27 American Trilogy 5 11 0 135 9-31349 27 days P Nicholls (69 miles) R Walsh 20/ 1 4:05.20
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