Rewards4Racing Handicap Hurdle 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 2, 9 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 31.30s
  • Off time: 13:55:44
Full result
Result 13:55 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Return Spring 7/2f
2nd 4 Quartz de Thaix 16/1
3rd 10 Florafern 28 15/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1521-44
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Poungach (FR) 14
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 1521-44
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR: 147
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 p P F Nicholls D A Jacob 147 12/1
2 P247-7U
Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 25
  • T:D G Bridgwater
  • J:Jake Hodson
  • Form: P247-7U
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-10
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
9 164 11-10 D G Bridgwater Jake Hodson (7) 145 7/1
3 11-
Black, black and maroon striped cap Whispering Gallery 316
  • T:J P Ferguson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 11-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-9
  • OR: 144
  • Naps:
8 163 11-9 J P Ferguson B J Geraghty 144 11/2
4 2F8P-5P
Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 25
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: 2F8P-5P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-7b1
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
10 161 11-7 b1 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 142 16/1
5 232113/
YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Grand Vision (IRE) 656
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 232113/
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 141
  • Naps:
8 160 11-6 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 141 4/1
7 242/509
EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Burton Port (IRE) 19
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 242/509
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
10 154 11-0 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 135 12/1
8 24P2-12
Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves Return Spring (IRE) 19
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 24P2-12
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
7 153 10-13 P J Hobbs R Johnson 134 7/2f
10 125P7-3
Dark Blue, Emerald Green stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Emerald Green star Florafern 39
  • T:O Sherwood
  • J:Thomas Garner
  • Form: 125P7-3
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-2
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
9 142 10-2 O Sherwood Thomas Garner (5) 123 15/2
11 60P230
Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Astigos (FR) 45
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 60P230
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 120
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 120 8/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
6 1393-06
First Fandango 66
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:Mr B Gibbs
  • Form: 1393-06
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4t
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
7 114 t Tim Vaughan Mr B Gibbs 139 NR
9 215400
Va'vite (IRE) 53
  • Nag Me
  • T:A Middleton
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 215400
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-2
  • OR: 123
  • Naps:
7 102 A Middleton Paul Moloney 123 NR

In depth

Verdict

The Giant Bolster, Burton Port and Quartz de Thaix all revert to hurdles having lost their way over fences. Poungach has also been chasing while Whispering Gallery returns from a lengthy absence, though has won 10 of his 17 career starts on the Flat and over hurdles. Florafern should improve on her third at Ascot but it's difficult to imagine that RETURN SPRING won't be in the firing-line again. He's gone up another 4lb since his close second to Sunnyhillboy over track and trip last month but is clearly in good form and likes the uphill finish here.

Formwatch

First Fandango 17-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, jumped slowly and lost place 2nd, reminder after next, behind 3 out (normal 6 out), tailed off when mistake last (normal 4 out), 6th of 7, well behind Ely Brown (10-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.

Va'vite (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always behind, struggling 7th, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Highland Retreat (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.

Return Spring (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, not much room and lost place after 3 out, rallied before last, edged left flat, went 2nd towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Sunnyhillboy (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Dec.

Quartz de Thaix (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, struggling 10th, lost touch 13th, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by De La Bech (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Dec, 8 ran.

Florafern 7-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, pushed along before 7th, switched left and headway well before 2 out, chasing leading pair when hit 2 out, one pace in 3rd and well held between last 2, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Scholastica (11-5) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.

Whispering Gallery 8-15fav (11-9) Always prominent, challenged going well after 4 out, not fluent 2 out, led last, coasted clear final 100 yards, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Bobowen (11-9) by 6l, 12 ran.

The Giant Bolster 5-2fav (11-0) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th or 5th, lost 2nd next, in touch when blundered and unseated rider 12th, in a race won by Unioniste (11-6) at Aintree 3m 1f lst chs (1) gs in Dec, 6 ran.

Poungach (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leader until 10th, chased leading pair, reminder after 13th, mistake next, blundered and weakened 4 out, last of 4, 33l behind Hadrian's Approach (11-4) at Newbury 3m grad ch (2) gs in Dec.

Grand Vision (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, unable to quicken after last, stayed on same pace final 75 yards, 3rd of 20, 3 1/2l behind Brindisi Breeze (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar '12.

Burton Port (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 8th, ridden 14th, well behind 4 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Monbeg Dude (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.

Astigos (FR) 6-1 (10-5) 12th of 20, 25l behind Portos Marzio (10-7) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f hcp hdl gd in Nov.