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
- Winning time: 5m 2.37s
- Off time: 16:19:51
|1st||6 Solway Dornal||3/1|
Cara Court (IRE) 9
|8||166 11-12 p||Miss J E Foster||Mr John Dawson (5)||100||7/1|
|9||166 11-12||Micky Hammond||K Renwick||100||5/1|
Ancient Times (USA) 28
|7||163 11-9 p||P A Kirby||K James (3)||97||2/1f|
Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 44
|8||162 11-8||W Amos||B Harding||96||7/2|
Western Bound (IRE) 98
|13||147 10-7 ht||Mrs B Butterworth||D C Costello||81||28/1|
Solway Dornal 7
|9||144 10-4 p||Miss L Harrison||Grant Cockburn (5)||78||3/1|
||8||11-12||J M Jefferson||Harry Haynes||5/1|
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.
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.