williamhill.com Mobile Cheltenham Money Back 2nd Handicap Chase 3m 110y
- (5yo+, 3m 110y, Class 3, 8 runners)
- Winner £11,261 2nd £3,326 3rd £1,663 4th £832 5th £416 6th £209
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 27.80s
- Off time: 14:41:03
|3rd||6 De La Bech||½||11/2|
Noble Legend 23
|7||166 11-12||Mrs Caroline Bailey||A Thornton||135||8/1|
|9||165 11-11 p||J Hughes||M D Grant||134||3/1f|
Merrion Square (IRE) 71
|8||164 11-10 t||P F Nicholls||MR A J Doyle (7)||133||6/1|
Kasbadali (FR) 104
|9||162 11-8||O Sherwood||L Aspell||131||5/1|
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 30
|8||160 11-6||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||129||16/1|
De La Bech 35
|7||159 11-5 p1||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||128||11/2|
Chartreux (FR) 29
|9||159 11-5 t||T R George||P J Brennan||128||9/2|
Goring One (IRE) 44
|9||144 10-4||Miss A M Newton-Smith||Adam Wedge||113||10/1|
||8||11-10||J Hughes||M D Grant||7/2|
Soll is being aimed at the Grand National but runs his best races here. Noble Legend was just beaten off today's mark at Leicester but is better over shorter trips and Merrion Square looked to be struggling when taking a heavy fall at Kempton over Christmas and hasn't been seen since. CHARTREUX was in front and still going well when falling at Kempton last month. Jumping is obviously a concern over these tricky fences but Tom George's grey is clearly well treated at present and could gain compensation with a clear round. De La Bech can't be ruled out either but Howard's Legacy hasn't been at his best this season and this looks a big ask for Kasbadali and Goring One.
Chartreux (FR) 10-1 (11-1) Led until 6th, chased leaders in 3rd, led again 10th, ridden and staying on in 2 lengths lead when fell 3 out, in a race won by Triangular (10-11) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Kasbadali (FR) 5-1 (10-8) With leader, led approaching 4 out, headed next, rallied last, kept on under pressure to lead close home, stayed on gamely, won at Exeter 3m (3) gd in Nov beating Ballytober (10-6) by nk, 4 ran.
De La Bech 13-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakened before and not fluent 12th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Emperor's Choice (10-5) at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Goring One (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, lost 3rd at 14th, weakened 3 out, left modest 3rd at the last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Presented (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Soll 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, ridden and outpaced after 5 out, 7th of 14, 47l behind Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Howard's Legacy (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, chased winner 7 out, ridden before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Golden Call (11-3) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb, 8 ran.
Noble Legend 11-2 (11-12) Prominent, went 2nd 9th, led after next, headed just after 2 out, rallied final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Rydalis (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Merrion Square (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Waited with in rear, disputing 5 lengths 6th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Ma Filleule (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec, 9 ran.