Take your Cash And Go
We analyse the last ten renewals of Sunday's Racing Post Hurdle at Cheltenham and pick out the key statistics.
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- Winners have been aged four (2), five (5), six, seven and eight.
- Winners have been rated between 124 and 155 with eight rated 140+.
- Winners have carried between 10-3 and 11-12 with four winners successful under top-weight.
- Eight winners have been priced between 6-5 and 9-1 with two favourites successful.
- Seven winners finished in the first four on their preceding start (including Flat runs).
- Seven winners had run in either October or November.
- Eight winners had run no more than 10 times over hurdles.
- All of the last six winners either ran at the Cheltenham or Punchestown Festivals.
- Six winners began their careers on the level, the others started in bumpers.
- Seven winners were in their second season over hurdles.
- Six winners were having their first start in a handicap.
- Nine winners had won or been placed in Listed company or higher either on the Flat or over jumps.
A race that is often dominated by the previous season's leading novices and Prospect Wells wasn't beaten all that far in the Supreme and has the benefit of a run under his belt like the majority of recent winners as does Vendor who has to be of interest - if you're prepared to put a line through his Aintree return - given the regard in which he's held.
In a race in which there have been few surprises the other contender of keen interest is Cash And Go who was touted as a possible Supreme Novices' contender by Edward O'Grady and could turn out to be attractively treated on his handicap bow for his new connections.
He missed the Spring Festivals after scoping badly and returning slightly lame from his disappointing run in a Grade One in February but 2005 winner Lingo had been off since January so there is a precedent and, like three recent winners, he has already won a Grade One.