Cheltenham Festival Preview After Racing Handicap Chase 3m 2f
- (5yo+, 3m 2f, Class 4, 13 runners)
- Winner £4,874 2nd £1,431 3rd £716 4th £358
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Off time: 15:50:49
|2nd||2 Bounds And Leaps||7||14/1|
|3rd||3 Classic Cut||2½||15/2|
Camden George (IRE) 17
|12||166 11-12||Mrs S J Smith||R Mania||110||20/1|
Bounds And Leaps 28
|8||165 11-11||M Scudamore||J Kington (3)||109||14/1|
Classic Cut 17
|9||165 11-11 p||J Ewart||B Hughes||109||15/2|
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 35
|7||164 11-10 v1||K C Bailey||J Maguire||108||11/1|
Beau Dandy (IRE) 27
|8||161 11-7 b||J Wade||K Renwick||105||9/2f|
|11||159 11-5||C Grant||D F O'Regan||103||14/1|
Royal Mackintosh 27
|12||158 11-4 p||A H Mactaggart||B Harding||102||20/1|
Heez A Steel (IRE) 14
|12||157 11-3||G A Charlton||P Brennan||101||7/1|
Keeverfield (IRE) 18
|12||157 11-3||Miss J E Foster||Samantha Drake (7)||101||12/1|
Etxalar (FR) 49
|10||155 11-1 t||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||99||6/1|
|11||151 10-11||W Coltherd||G Rutherford (5)||95||11/1|
Barnevelder (IRE) 29
|8||150 10-10 t||Miss S E Forster||T Messenger||94||33/1|
Blazing Diva (IRE) 27
|10||141 10-1||A M Thomson||R McGrath||85||9/1|
||8||119 p||S R B Crawford||Mr B G Crawford||107||NR|
||8||116||N W Alexander||Lucy Alexander||104||NR|
||10||10-5||Mrs H O Graham||Harry Haynes||7/2|
The handicapper took Beau Dandy to task after he won by 21 lengths at Newcastle last month and he is 13lb higher now. This trip has proved beyond course winner Bertie Milan in the past but Irish pointer Mister Philson should stay and Royal Mackintosh won over track and trip in November, though was a long way behind Beau Dandy last time. Bounds And Leaps was taking on better opposition last time while Keeverfield won at Market Rasen last month, though is 8lb higher now in a stronger heat. ETXALAR can't get much lower in the handicap and has an outstanding chance in this if he can reproduce his run at Haydock in November off a 10lb higher mark. In another tricky contest, he gets a narrow vote.
Mister Philson (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Alw pr & ld, disp & mstk 3out, 3rd 2out, no ex bef last but ko onepce late, 2nd of 9, 15l behind Hoopy (11-4) at Farmaclaffley 3m ire ptp in Feb.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Prominent, ridden before last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Billy Cuckoo (11-3) by 1l, 8 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, hit 5th and lost place, closed next, led 9th, not fluent 12th, headed after 13th, no impression 4 out, 5th of 8, 24l behind Chartreux (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Bounds And Leaps 28-1 (10-13) With leaders, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 14, 37l behind Relax (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Classic Cut 25-1 (10-8) In touch, headway to 3rd at 15th, ridden next, no impression from 2 out, 4th of 10, 25l behind Emperor's Choice (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Feb.
Barnevelder (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 8th, lost place and in rear before 10th, 5th of 8, 27l behind Bertie Milan (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Heez A Steel (IRE) 18-1 (10-9) Chased leaders until badly outpaced and lost place 17th, rallied approaching 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Jurisdiction (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Beau Dandy (IRE) 5-2fav (10-6) Led from 1st, made rest, clear from 4 out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Overyou (11-3) by 21l, 7 ran.
Overlady 18-1 (10-7) Tracked winner, joined winner 5th until ridden 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Blazing Diva (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Led, jumped slow 3rd and headed, led again 7th, ridden before 3 out, headed before 2 out, rallied and stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb.
Camden George (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Towards rear, reminders 5th, tailed off 4 out, kept on approaching last, 6th of 13, 25l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Bishophill Jack (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Mid-division, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gorgehous Lliege (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Overquest 14-1 (10-5) Towards rear, ridden before 11th, tailed off before 5 out, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Relax (11-10) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb, 14 ran.
Royal Mackintosh 10-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, raced wide, with winner 8th, pushed along before 10th, soon lost place, 3rd of 7, 39l behind Beau Dandy (10-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Keeverfield (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Made most, joined and hit 5th, kept on well from 2 out, driven out, won at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb beating Royaume Bleu (10-6) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.