Visit attheraces.com/cheltenham Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y
- (4yo+, 2m 110y, Class 3, 14 runners)
- Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
- Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 16.70s
- Off time: 16:10:33
|2nd||2 Canadian Diamond||hd||4/1|
|3rd||13 Right Step||6||10/1|
|7||166 11-12||Miss V Williams||L Treadwell||125||10/1|
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 19
|7||166 11-12||B G Powell||James Banks (5)||125||4/1|
Toubab (FR) 135
|8||165 11-11||D Skelton||Harry Skelton||124||14/1|
Red Skipper (IRE) 21
|9||161 11-7||J G M O'Shea||T J O'Brien||120||16/1|
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 36
|7||161 11-7||J J Quinn||J M Maguire||120||11/2|
Owen Na View (IRE) 34
|6||160 11-6 t||F O'Brien||P J Brennan||119||22/1|
Tidal Way (IRE) 22
|5||160 11-6 p||C E Longsdon||Kielan Woods (3)||119||16/1|
Red Admirable (IRE) 74
|8||160 11-6||G McPherson||Killian Moore (5)||119||20/1|
Descaro (USA) 26
|8||159 11-5||J G M O'Shea||Ciaran McKee (7)||118||50/1|
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 23
|6||158 11-4||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||117||33/1|
Sonoran Sands (IRE) 38
|6||157 11-3||B G Powell||S P Jones||116||33/1|
Presenting Arms (IRE) 22
|7||156 11-2 t||H Fry||N D Fehily||115||7/2f|
Right Step 58
|7||154 11-0 t||P Phelan||Paddy Bradley (10)||113||10/1|
Bedouin Bay 41
|7||146 10-6||J Farrelly||Ian Popham||105||11/1|
Presenting Arms won an all-weather bumper on his return to action and should go well. Leviathan was still in contention when falling at Taunton last time and should be in the mix with a clear round. Canadian Diamond has a shout on his recent second at Ludlow but a speculative vote goes to stablemate SONORAN SANDS. He'll have come on from his reappearance in a jumpers bumper, his first start since 2012, and is 8lb lower than when last winning. Red Admirable was beaten less than a length in a blanket finish at Market Rasen last time but Red Skipper remains 11lb higher than his latest victory. Scots Gaelic is another to consider in a wide-open contest.
Leviathan 15-8fav (10-11) Tracked leader, led after 3rd until before 3 out, lost 2nd 3 out, rallied into poor 2nd under pressure when fell 2 out, in a race won by Virak (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch on outside, went 2nd after 3rd, led 2 out, headed last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Baltimore Rock (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Feb.
Right Step 10-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd before stumbled 3 out, lost 2nd well before next, weakened to 5th when mistake 2 out, 5th of 10, 15l behind Lyvius (11-4) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Red Admirable (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leader until 5th, tracked leaders, effort when hit 2 out and last, driven and stayed on towards finish, 5th of 8, 3/4l behind Kilflora (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Owen Na View (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and beaten approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 32l behind Panama Petrus (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Feb.
Red Skipper (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leader, led after 4 out, joined and carried head high when hit 3 out, blundered and headed 2 out, outpaced before last, kept on agan flat, went 4th close home, 4th of 11, 5l behind Scoglio (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Toubab (FR) 22-1 (11-9) Made most to before 2 out, soon lost place and weakened, tailed off, 10th of 16, 48l behind Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.
Tidal Way (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, tracked leaders 4th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 36l behind New Year's Eve (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear and never on terms, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Aldopicgros (10-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Presenting Arms (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear of mid-division, smooth progress on inside 3f out, switched left soon after, went 2nd entering final 2f, led approaching final furlong, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Kempton 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb beating Silsol (10-11) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Bedouin Bay 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway after 6th, pushed along 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Come On Annie (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Descaro (USA) 33-1 (10-2) Held up in last pair, pushed along and struggling 3 out (normal 4 out), never involved, 8th of 12, 15l behind Hidden Identity (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, steadied before 3rd, closed from 8th, ridden and one pace after 3 out, mistake last, edged right and stayed on flat, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Rumble Of Thunder (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Sonoran Sands (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden and well beaten 3f out, 11th of 13, 25l behind Sgt Reckless (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.