Cheltenham Festival Free Bets With bookmakers.co.uk Handicap Chase 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 5, 6 runners)
  • Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 2.37s
  • Off time: 16:19:51
Full result
Result 16:15 Sedgefield
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Solway Dornal 3/1
2nd 2 Samtheman 5/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 01F52U
Dark Blue, Pink sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Cara Court (IRE) 9
  • T:Miss J E Foster
  • J:John Dawson
  • Form: 01F52U
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-12p
  • OR: 100
  • Naps:
8 166 11-12 p Miss J E Foster John Dawson (5) 100 7/1
2 24-9456
Red, white stars, white and red chevrons on sleeves Samtheman 19
  • T:Micky Hammond
  • J:K Renwick
  • Form: 24-9456
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 100
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 Micky Hammond K Renwick 100 5/1
3 694812
Royal blue, white hollow box, white sleeves, royal blue armlets and diamond on white cap Ancient Times (USA) 28
  • T:P A Kirby
  • J:K James
  • Form: 694812
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-9p
  • OR: 97
  • Naps:
7 163 11-9 p P A Kirby K James (3) 97 2/1f
4 59-8411
Brown and royal blue (halved), halved sleeves, brown and royal blue hooped cap Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 44
  • T:W Amos
  • J:Brian Harding
  • Form: 59-8411
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 96
  • Naps:
8 162 11-8 W Amos Brian Harding 96 7/2
5 89430F
Purple, pink star, pink and purple chevrons on sleeves, pink cap, purple star Western Bound (IRE) 98
  • T:Mrs B Butterworth
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 89430F
  • Age: 13
  • Weight: 10-7ht
  • OR: 81
  • Naps:
13 147 10-7 ht Mrs B Butterworth D C Costello 81 28/1
6 3224U2
Red, Light Blue star and sleeves Solway Dornal 7
  • T:Miss L Harrison
  • J:Grant Cockburn
  • Form: 3224U2
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-4p
  • OR: 78
  • Naps:
9 144 10-4 p Miss L Harrison Grant Cockburn (5) 78 3/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Milan Royale
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:Harry Haynes
8 11-12 J M Jefferson Harry Haynes 5/1
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In depth

Verdict

Ancient Times beat W Six Times comfortably at Ayr but failed to confirm the form a couple of weeks later from 8lb higher. He's gone up again and may prefer more testing conditions. Cara Court is well up to this level and isn't badly treated with his rider's claim taken into account while the in-form Prince Blackthorn should make a bold bid to complete a hat-trick at this modest level despite another rise in the weights. He holds Sametheman and Western Bound on recent form but SOLWAY DORNAL may prove too good in receipt of so much weight. He was having his first start since October when runner-up to Be Bop Boru at Newcastle last week and looks well enough treated to go one better.

Formwatch

Solway Dornal 33-1 (9-11) Led, headed after 3 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Be Bop Boru (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.

Samtheman 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, weakened from 9th, 6th of 7, 24l behind Whiskey Ridge (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.

Cara Court (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Jumped right, led, edged right on bend before 5th, headed and reminder 7th, still prominent when mistake and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Tokyo Javilex (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 5 ran.

Western Bound (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, fell 7th, in a race won by Prince Blackthorn (10-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec, 7 ran.

Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 11-4 (10-9) Held up in touch, headway before 2 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Cloudy Dawn (9-11) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.

Ancient Times (USA) 6-1 (10-11) With leader, went 3rd before 3 out, chased winner 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 7l behind W Six Times (10-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.