2m. 5f. (Class 3) 3-y-o plus19 Ran
squareintheair.com Handicap Hurdle of £16,000.00 3-y-o plus
1st - £9,487.00, 2nd - £2,786.00, 3rd - £1,393.00, 4th - £696.00, 5th - £350.00, 6th - £350.00 , 7th - £350.00, 8th - £350.00 19 Ran
- Stewards Report
A query was raised to consider why Nicky Henderson was running Fix Sun (FR) here at Cheltenham on going described as Good, having declared the gelding a non-runner at Chepstow on 10 October 2020 on ground with the same official description.
The trainer stated that, in his opinion, the ground at Chepstow was riding faster than the official description, whereas at Cheltenham the ground was on the easy side of Good and he was therefore happy for Fix Sun (FR) to take its chance on this occasion.
The performance of Hijack (IRE), which started favourite and finished unplaced, was considered.
Nicky Henderson could offer no explanation for the gelding’s performance other than Nico de Boinville reporting that Hijack (IRE) made a mistake at the third-last hurdle; the gelding was routine tested.
Following the race, Daryl Jacob reported that Fix Sun (FR), unplaced, stopped quickly; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination revealed the gelding had sustained wounds to its right-fore and left-hind.
The Veterinary Officer further reported that Exod'ela (FR), placed fifth, lost its left-hind shoe.
Time 5m. 9.10 secs, which is 1.63 secs faster than the course average on today's going
Tote Exacta- £282.70
Tote Trifecta- £3280.00
Non runner Hometown Boy ( Self Cert (Abscess) )
2019 Duke Street 7 10-12 Cillin Leonard (10) 9/1 (Dr Richard Newland)
2018 First Assignment 5 10-13 T Scudamore 9/2Fav (I Williams)
2017 Master Dancer 6 10-12 R Johnson 12/1 (Tim Vaughan)
2016 Midnight Shot 6 10-10 Aidan Coleman 8/1 (Charlie Longsdon)
2015 Towering 6 10-7 N de Boinville 10/1 (Nicky Henderson)