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14:25 Saturday 10 March 2018

MATCHBOOK IMPERIAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 1m 7f 216y
Prize : £42,202 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Heavy
Race Type : Hurdle
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Jamie Bargary silk 11. MR ANTOLINI (IRE) 11. MR ANTOLINI (IRE) +2 <
130+
> 0 122 Jamie Bargary (3) 8 10-4 20/121 20/121
Jamie Bargary silk bg CATCHER IN THE RYE (IRE) - VICTORY RUN (IRE) OLD VIC J: Jamie Bargary (3)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-4 OR: 130
Nigel Twiston-Davies (130)
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plenty of racing behind him but still a 'dark' horse in the sense he was mid-makeover, some job by Nigel Twiston-Davies to transform him in relatively little time, and this was the ideal shop window for his improvement, in a lopsided handicap made so by the one he did battle with in the finish; impressed with the way he went through the race, still virtually on the bridle when leading 2 out, wide out by then, but edged across to Call My Lord on the run-in, squeezed him up (had to survive a stewards' inquiry, never mind the rider seeming to mistake the winning post) but the winner on merit, that pair away from the rest by the end; Mr Antolini isn't entered at Cheltenham but the only one to break his British sequence, Azzerti, is in the Coral Cup.
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2 2 Daryl Jacob silk nk 1. CALL ME LORD (FR) 1. CALL ME LORD (FR) -19 <
152+
> +2 144 Daryl Jacob 5 11-12 8/19 8/19
Daryl Jacob silk b or brg SLICKLY (FR) - SOSA (GER) CAPE CROSS (IRE) J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-12 OR: 152
Nicky Henderson (152)
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produced a performance that, in theory, might have got him fourth or even third in a Champion Hurdle, hardly out of the blue from his C&D handicap win in January, though failing to graduate in between in the Elite, and this race was largely framed to showcase his ability by virtue of the fact he compressed the handicap by so much, possibly always the type to shine when the superior one in a field, rather than amongst his equals; locked in mid-field on the home turn with room at a premium but the speed with which he reacted to the winner's move when possible was one sign of his class, coupled with how he sustained it, bumped by Mr Antolini in a nip-and-tuck battle from the last; he has a County Hurdle entry but the quick turnaround is an obvious concern after such a big shift on gruelling ground.
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3 3 Nico de Boinville silk 9 3. WHATSWRONGWITHYOU (IRE) 3. WHATSWRONGWITHYOU (IRE) 0 <
126+
> -16 119 Nico de Boinville 7 10-13 10/34.33f 10/34.33f
Nico de Boinville silk chg BIENAMADO (USA) - GREENFIELD NOORA (IRE) TOPANOORA J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-13 Eq: (h) OR: 139
Nicky Henderson (h) (139)
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still very promising, as it was an achievement in itself to get third in the context of his career, facing a race like this for the first time, but the feeling is that he'd have run the first 2 closer had he been more mature, outmuscled as the race began in earnest, so that he was last but one into the straight, doing well from that position to finish where he did, creeping rather than burst by the rider; he's probably a smart chaser for next season, already a point winner.
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4 4 James Bowen silk hd 5. HUNTSMAN SON (IRE) 5. HUNTSMAN SON (IRE) +5 <
122+
> C (129) 115 James Bowen (3) 8 10-9 9/110 9/110
James Bowen silk bg MILLENARY - DALY LADY (IRE) LORD OF APPEAL J: James Bowen (3)
T: Alex Hales
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-9 OR: 135
Alex Hales (135)
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loads to like about his season, first for improving and now for maintaining those standards, one paced in the finish but in the heat of the race sooner than the 3 who beat him, ridden handy, almost upsides 2 out; there's reason for thinking he'll climb higher as a chaser (won both completed starts in points).
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5 5 Sean Houlihan silk 17. MAN OF PLENTY 17. MAN OF PLENTY -4 <
111
> +10 103 Sean Houlihan (5) 9 10-0 (9-10) 25/126 25/126
Sean Houlihan silk chg MANDURO (GER) - CREDIT-A-PLENTY GENEROUS (IRE) J: Sean Houlihan (5)
T: Sophie Leech
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 (9-10) Eq: (t) OR: 126
Sophie Leech (t) (126)
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can't help but draw respect for the frequent times he's run well when up against it like here (4 lb out of the weights), his losing run partly a by-product of the company he often keeps; brought wide from the back and plugged on while others wilted.
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6 6 Tom O'Brien silk hd 7. SILVER STREAK (IRE) 7. SILVER STREAK (IRE) <
118
> +13 110 Tom O'Brien 5 10-7 16/117 16/117
Tom O'Brien silk grg DARK ANGEL (IRE) - HAPPY TALK (IRE) HAMAS (IRE) J: Tom O'Brien
T: Evan Williams
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 133
Evan Williams (133)
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didn't fire fully, but the same can be said of almost all the stable's runners at this time, Silver Streak's pre-Christmas form still speaking for itself, and ground this soft perhaps isn't for him (by Dark Angel), nonetheless making more of a move than most from the rear third, closing in before 2 out, flattening out thereafter.
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7 7 Wayne Hutchinson silk 6 6. FIDUX (FR) 6. FIDUX (FR) +4 <
111
> +12 103 Wayne Hutchinson 5 10-8 20/121 20/121
Wayne Hutchinson silk bg FINE GRAIN (JPN) - FOLLE TEMPETE (FR) FABULOUS DANCER (USA) J: Wayne Hutchinson
T: Alan King
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 134
Alan King (134)
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had Hutchinson taking over from a claimer but faded from 2 out (had raced in touch), possible to point to the 2-month break as some explanation, though in general he hasn't quite kicked on this season in the same way he went as a juvenile, spending more time this campaign on testing ground, perhaps not ideal (came from the Flat).
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8 8 Paul O'Brien silk 10. CASTAFIORE (USA) 10. CASTAFIORE (USA) +16 <
105+
> +11 97 Paul O'Brien (5) 5 10-4 25/126 25/126
Paul O'Brien silk bm STREET CRY (IRE) - SHOWLADY (USA) THEATRICAL J: Paul O'Brien (5)
T: Charlie Longsdon
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-4 Eq: (s+h) OR: 130
Charlie Longsdon (s+h) (130)
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had earnt this promotion via several stages of improvement this term but trying to boss this bigger and better field proved a bridge too far for her, not pressured all that much up front but flattening 3 out and giving way after 2 out, a sign that her new mark makes life all the more difficult.
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9 9 William Kennedy silk 2. CHTI BALKO (FR) 2. CHTI BALKO (FR) +6 <
111
> +29 104 William Kennedy 6 11-0 25/126 25/126
William Kennedy silk brg BALKO (FR) - INA SCOOP (FR) MURMURE (FR) J: William Kennedy
T: Donald McCain
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-0 OR: 140
Donald McCain (140)
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season of two halves, slipping down following a mid-winter peak at Haydock when bullying a small field in the mud, overmatched in the Morebattle and done with by 2 out back in a handicap here, after ridden prominently.
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10 10 Tom Cannon silk 8. HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (IRE) 8. HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (IRE) +23 <
102
> +34 95 Tom Cannon 6 10-7 12/113 12/113
Tom Cannon silk brg STOWAWAY - HIGH ACCORD (IRE) ACCORDION J: Tom Cannon
T: Chris Gordon
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 133
Chris Gordon (133)
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different environment (in deep for handicap debut) and tactics, waited with this time, not hard to forgive his failure to get involved, especially on the back of a 10-week break, having come a long way in little time previously.
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11 11 Richard Patrick silk 15. GASSIN GOLF 15. GASSIN GOLF +25 <
92
> +14 85 Richard Patrick (5) 9 10-0 (9-13) 16/117 16/117
Richard Patrick silk bg MONTJEU (IRE) - MISS RIVIERA GOLF HERNANDO (FR) J: Richard Patrick (5)
T: Kerry Lee
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) Eq: (b+t) OR: 126
Kerry Lee (b+t) (126)
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usually goes well in these circumstances, as proven this season by 2 C&D placings, one behind Call Me Lord, but this class of handicap is probably beyond him these days, marginally out of the weights for this, travelling comfortably up to a point (held up) but no response when asked.
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12 12 Jonathan Burke silk 13 16. SHANROE SAINT 16. SHANROE SAINT +39 <
74
> +24 68 Jonathan Burke 6 10-0 (9-11) 40/141 40/141
Jonathan Burke silk bg SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) - ACONIT (FR) SHINING STEEL J: Jonathan Burke
T: Ben Case
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-0 (9-11) OR: 126
Ben Case (126)
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still a maiden, in his first season hurdling, and rather out of his pay grade here, 3 lb out of the weights, and as such there's something to be said for him still being close up on the home turn, before it all got too much.
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ur ur James Best silk 14. BIRCH HILL (IRE) 14. BIRCH HILL (IRE) <
+
> James Best 8 10-0 28/129 28/129
James Best silk bg KALANISI (IRE) - MISS COMPLIANCE (IRE) BROKEN HEARTED J: James Best
T: Sophie Leech
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-0 Eq: (t) OR: 126
Sophie Leech (t) (126)
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settled in rear and not asked any questions when blundering and unseating 3 out.
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pu pu Tom Scudamore silk 13. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT (FR) 13. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT (FR) <
> Tom Scudamore 5 10-2 8/19 8/19
Tom Scudamore silk bg AIR CHIEF MARSHAL (IRE) - PENINSULA (FR) DANSILI J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-2 Eq: (v+t) OR: 128
David Pipe (v+t) (128)
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kept busy since his debut in mid-December and it perhaps all caught up with him here, more logical than suggesting the first-time visor did the damage, patiently ridden but nothing there when shaken up, only just getting over 2 out (pulled up soon after), clearly not himself.
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pu pu Sam Twiston-Davies silk 4. LE PATRIOTE (FR) 4. LE PATRIOTE (FR) <
> Sam Twiston-Davies 6 10-9 7/18 7/18
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg POLIGLOTE - SENTOSA (FR) KALDOUNEVEES (FR) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Dr Richard Newland
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s) OR: 135
Dr Richard Newland (s) (135)
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didn't undo the very good work since coming to Britain as something clearly wasn't right with him here, racing handily until stopping to nothing approaching 2 out.
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pu pu Richard Johnson silk 9. MASTER OF IRONY (IRE) 9. MASTER OF IRONY (IRE) <
> Richard Johnson 6 10-7 12/113 12/113
Richard Johnson silk bg MAKFI - MOTHER OF PEARL (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA) J: Richard Johnson
T: John Quinn
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-7 Eq: (s) OR: 133
John Quinn (s) (133)
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has done the majority of his hurdling work away from testing ground, probably more that than the 3-month absence why he ran so flat, never involved, soon beaten after 3 out.
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pu pu Harry Bannister silk 12. OCTAGON 12. OCTAGON <
Harry Bannister 8 10-3 20/121 20/121
Harry Bannister silk bg OVERBURY (IRE) - DUSKY DANTE (IRE) PHARDANTE (FR) J: Harry Bannister
T: Harry Whittington
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-3 OR: 129
Harry Whittington (129)
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must have been amiss from the way he folded on the home turn, soon pulled up; it was a wonder that he got to an Imperial Cup having started the season in a seller.
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All 17 ran. Hurdles: 8.

Winning Owner: Alan & Sally Coney

Time: 4m 9.7s Closing Sectional: (6.05f): 92.70s (102.0%)

What made this a bit different from the majority of high-end handicaps was the internal structure of it whereby Call Me Lord compressed the weights so much that all the rest carried 11-0 or less, pushing 3 of them out of the handicap and generally lightening the competition, the class of the top-weight counting all the more, clear at the end with a later-life improver, few of the big field ever impacting, influenced more by the ground than the gallop, testing compared to most Imperial Cups.

MR ANTOLINI (IRE) plenty of racing behind him but still a 'dark' horse in the sense he was mid-makeover, some job by Nigel Twiston-Davies to transform him in relatively little time, and this was the ideal shop window for his improvement, in a lopsided handicap made so by the one he did battle with in the finish; impressed with the way he went through the race, still virtually on the bridle when leading 2 out, wide out by then, but edged across to Call My Lord on the run-in, squeezed him up (had to survive a stewards' inquiry, never mind the rider seeming to mistake the winning post) but the winner on merit, that pair away from the rest by the end; Mr Antolini isn't entered at Cheltenham but the only one to break his British sequence, Azzerti, is in the Coral Cup.

CALL ME LORD (FR) produced a performance that, in theory, might have got him fourth or even third in a Champion Hurdle, hardly out of the blue from his C&D handicap win in January, though failing to graduate in between in the Elite, and this race was largely framed to showcase his ability by virtue of the fact he compressed the handicap by so much, possibly always the type to shine when the superior one in a field, rather than amongst his equals; locked in mid-field on the home turn with room at a premium but the speed with which he reacted to the winner's move when possible was one sign of his class, coupled with how he sustained it, bumped by Mr Antolini in a nip-and-tuck battle from the last; he has a County Hurdle entry but the quick turnaround is an obvious concern after such a big shift on gruelling ground.

WHATSWRONGWITHYOU (IRE) still very promising, as it was an achievement in itself to get third in the context of his career, facing a race like this for the first time, but the feeling is that he'd have run the first 2 closer had he been more mature, outmuscled as the race began in earnest, so that he was last but one into the straight, doing well from that position to finish where he did, creeping rather than burst by the rider; he's probably a smart chaser for next season, already a point winner.

HUNTSMAN SON (IRE) loads to like about his season, first for improving and now for maintaining those standards, one paced in the finish but in the heat of the race sooner than the 3 who beat him, ridden handy, almost upsides 2 out; there's reason for thinking he'll climb higher as a chaser (won both completed starts in points).

MAN OF PLENTY can't help but draw respect for the frequent times he's run well when up against it like here (4 lb out of the weights), his losing run partly a by-product of the company he often keeps; brought wide from the back and plugged on while others wilted.

SILVER STREAK (IRE) didn't fire fully, but the same can be said of almost all the stable's runners at this time, Silver Streak's pre-Christmas form still speaking for itself, and ground this soft perhaps isn't for him (by Dark Angel), nonetheless making more of a move than most from the rear third, closing in before 2 out, flattening out thereafter.

FIDUX (FR) had Hutchinson taking over from a claimer but faded from 2 out (had raced in touch), possible to point to the 2-month break as some explanation, though in general he hasn't quite kicked on this season in the same way he went as a juvenile, spending more time this campaign on testing ground, perhaps not ideal (came from the Flat).

CASTAFIORE (USA) had earnt this promotion via several stages of improvement this term but trying to boss this bigger and better field proved a bridge too far for her, not pressured all that much up front but flattening 3 out and giving way after 2 out, a sign that her new mark makes life all the more difficult.

CHTI BALKO (FR) season of two halves, slipping down following a mid-winter peak at Haydock when bullying a small field in the mud, overmatched in the Morebattle and done with by 2 out back in a handicap here, after ridden prominently.

HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (IRE) different environment (in deep for handicap debut) and tactics, waited with this time, not hard to forgive his failure to get involved, especially on the back of a 10-week break, having come a long way in little time previously.

GASSIN GOLF usually goes well in these circumstances, as proven this season by 2 C&D placings, one behind Call Me Lord, but this class of handicap is probably beyond him these days, marginally out of the weights for this, travelling comfortably up to a point (held up) but no response when asked.

SHANROE SAINT still a maiden, in his first season hurdling, and rather out of his pay grade here, 3 lb out of the weights, and as such there's something to be said for him still being close up on the home turn, before it all got too much.

BIRCH HILL (IRE) settled in rear and not asked any questions when blundering and unseating 3 out.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT (FR) kept busy since his debut in mid-December and it perhaps all caught up with him here, more logical than suggesting the first-time visor did the damage, patiently ridden but nothing there when shaken up, only just getting over 2 out (pulled up soon after), clearly not himself.

LE PATRIOTE (FR) didn't undo the very good work since coming to Britain as something clearly wasn't right with him here, racing handily until stopping to nothing approaching 2 out.

MASTER OF IRONY (IRE) has done the majority of his hurdling work away from testing ground, probably more that than the 3-month absence why he ran so flat, never involved, soon beaten after 3 out.

OCTAGON must have been amiss from the way he folded on the home turn, soon pulled up; it was a wonder that he got to an Imperial Cup having started the season in a seller.