Byrne Group Plate (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 2m 4f

  • (5yo+, 2m 4f, Class 1, 23 runners)
  • Winner £51,255 2nd £19,233 3rd £9,630 4th £4,797 5th £2,412 6th £1,206
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 59.40s
  • Off time: 16:01:47
Full result
Result 16:00 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Ballynagour 12/1
2nd 3 Colour Squadron 8 5/1f
3rd 7 Tatenen 6 33/1
4th 2 Johns Spirit 9/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1-72U26
Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 47
  • T:M Keighley
  • J:Ryan Hatch
  • Form: 1-72U26
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 M Keighley Ryan Hatch (7) 157 12/1
2 733-115
Red, large Black spots, Black cap Johns Spirit (IRE) 89
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:R P Mclernon
  • Form: 733-115
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 148
  • Naps:
7 157 11-3 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 148 9/1
3 2425-23
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Colour Squadron (IRE) 89
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 2425-23
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-1
  • OR: 146
  • Naps:
8 155 11-1 P J Hobbs A P McCoy 146 5/1f
4 22-2883
Emerald green, yellow hoops, yellow cap Tap Night (USA) 47
  • T:Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 22-2883
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
7 154 11-0 Miss Lucinda V Russell B J Geraghty 145 8/1
5 2-13233
Emerald Green, Yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap Third Intention (IRE) 26
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 2-13233
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-12pt
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
7 152 10-12 pt C L Tizzard J Tizzard 143 7/1
6 1/9P18-P
BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Ballynagour (IRE) 117
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 1/9P18-P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-9t1
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
8 149 10-9 t1 D Pipe T Scudamore 140 12/1
7 76F0-12
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tatenen (FR) 40
  • T:R Rowe
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: 76F0-12
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
10 149 10-9 R Rowe A Thornton 140 33/1
8 19P-64P
RED, BLACK star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, BLACK star Bless The Wings (IRE) 19
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
  • Form: 19P-64P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-9b1
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
9 149 10-9 b1 A King W Hutchinson 140 20/1
10 P-60113
Red, White sleeves, Black stars, White cap Bennys Mist (IRE) 20
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: P-60113
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
8 149 10-9 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 140 33/1
11 15586-1
YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Sraid Padraig (IRE) 103
  • T:A J Martin
  • J:D E Mullins
  • Form: 15586-1
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
8 148 10-8 A J Martin D E Mullins 139 11/1
12 653813
White, red sleeves, white and red check cap King Edmund 40
  • T:C Gordon
  • J:Tom Cannon
  • Form: 653813
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
11 148 10-8 C Gordon Tom Cannon 139 66/1
13 25-246F
White, large Red spots and armlets, Red and White quartered cap Wetak (FR) 26
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 25-246F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-7t
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
7 147 10-7 t D Pipe C O'Farrell 138 33/1
14 P15-037
Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 61
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A Tinkler
  • Form: P15-037
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-7v1
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
8 147 10-7 v1 N J Henderson A Tinkler 138 20/1
15 65-2113
Red, Royal blue seams, black cap Firth Of The Clyde 28
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 65-2113
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
9 146 10-6 J M Jefferson B Hughes 137 16/1
16 3P3521
Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves Shangani (USA) (ex5) 12
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 3P3521
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
8 146 10-6 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 132 14/1
17 F1890P
White, Maroon star, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue and White quartered cap Mr Cracker (IRE) 33
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:Michael Byrne
  • Form: F1890P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-5
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
9 145 10-5 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 136 66/1
18 59U-731
LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Giorgio Quercus (FR) 108
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Nico de Boinville
  • Form: 59U-731
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-4
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
9 144 10-4 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville (5) 135 16/1
19 3011U0
Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 33
  • T:Dr R D P Newland
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 3011U0
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-4bt
  • OR: 135
  • Naps:
8 144 10-4 bt Dr R D P Newland S Twiston-Davies 135 33/1
20 324641
Red, Light Green star and star on cap Sew On Target (IRE) 40
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:Brendan Powell
  • Form: 324641
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-3
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
9 143 10-3 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 134 25/1
21 3U-514P
Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Gallox Bridge 36
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:Ian Popham
  • Form: 3U-514P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-1t
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
9 141 10-1 t Tim Vaughan Ian Popham 132 66/1
22 743F-4P
Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 82
  • T:V R A Dartnall
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 743F-4P
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-0t
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
11 140 10-0 t V R A Dartnall Paul Moloney 129 33/1
23 232331
Yellow, large Purple spots, Purple sleeves, Yellow armlets, Yellow cap, Purple spots Highway Code (USA) 104
  • T:R Lee
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 232331
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-0t
  • OR: 129
  • Naps:
8 140 10-0 t R Lee J E Moore 129 25/1
24 519125
EMERALD GREEN & yellow HOOPED, Red cap Christopher Wren (USA) 41
  • T:N J Gifford
  • J:Maurice Linehan
  • Form: 519125
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0p
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 p N J Gifford Maurice Linehan (5) 128 40/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
9 16-90P3
Carrickboy (IRE) 42
  • Nag Me
  • Course Winner
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
  • Form: 16-90P3
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 140
  • Naps:
10 109 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 140 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2013   Carrickboy (IRE)
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:L Treadwell
9 10-5 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 50/1
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In depth

Verdict

Johns Spirit won a couple of big handicaps here in the autumn, beating Colour Squadron in the second of them. But his latest run in December suggests he's in the handicapper's grip now. Carrickboy was a shock winner of this last year and showed a glimmer of his old form when third to stablemate Bennys Mist at Wincanton last time. He's still 4lb higher but can't be ruled out and Venetia Williams also runs Newbury scorer Shangani under a penalty. King Edmund is better over this sort of trip nowadays while the lightly-raced Sraid Padraig could be interesting and Giorgio Quercus' win at Kempton in November has worked out well, though he never figured in this last season when the veteran Tartak finished third. Third Intention is proving difficult to place but Tap Night has ability, though McCoy has decided to keep faith with Colour Squadron. TATENEN would be a popular winner for weighing room veteran Andy Thornton and the 10-year-old is enjoying something of a revival. Richard Rowe's charge went close again at Sandown last month off his new mark and he's run well at the Festival in the past so gets the nod.

Formwatch

Carrickboy (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up and raced wide, jumped slowly 1st, headway on wide outside to chase leaders 10th, pushed along in 4th before 3 out, went modest 3rd just before last, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Bennys Mist (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.

Ballynagour (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, outpaced next, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Johns Spirit (10-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov, 20 ran.

Colour Squadron (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway 13th, not clear run and switched right after 2 out, went 2nd when mistake last, unable to get on terms with winner and soon lost 2nd, one pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Double Ross (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.

Tatenen (FR) 10-3 (11-11) Tracked leader, hit 12th, led after 4 out, headed last, held after, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Aachen (10-8) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.

Johns Spirit (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 10th, headway 13th, ridden and stayed on same pace approaching 2 out, unable to get on terms, 5th of 13, 15l behind Double Ross (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.

Third Intention (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) In touch, jumped slowly 5th, outpaced approaching 2 out, went 3rd before last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind O'Faolains Boy (11-0) at Ascot 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb.

Giorgio Quercus (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders until lost place and last pair 7th, rallied to 3rd 11th, challenged 3 out, soon narrow lead, 2 lengths ahead when jumped slowly 2 out, soon pressed hard driven, narrowly headed last, rallied under pressure to regain lead final 100 yards, won at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov beating Bally Legend (11-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.

Champion Court (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Raced keenly, made most, headed narrowly approaching 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 7, 23l behind The Giant Bolster (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.

Sraid Padraig (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led and disputed, led from 3 out, ridden after next, strongly pressed run-in, stayed on well run-in, all out, won at Fairyhouse 2m 1f in Nov beating Cause Of Causes (11-0) by ns, 13 ran.

Wetak (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Held up, headway 14th, weakening when fell 3 out, in a race won by Restless Harry (10-7) at Ascot 3m hcp chs Listed (1) sft in Feb, 7 ran.

Firth Of The Clyde 2-1fav (11-8) Held up towards rear, outpaced 5 out, ridden and headway after 2 out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Suprise Vendor (10-0) at Kelso 2m 1f (3) gs in Feb.

Shangani (USA) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8th, led before 3 out (normal 4 out), narrowly headed last, stayed challenging, ridden and one length down when carried left at elbow on run in, not much room and squeezed through, soon led again, driven out, won at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy beating Rebel Rebellion (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.

Tartak (FR) 10-1 (11-9) In touch, not fluent 11th, weakened next, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Night Alliance (11-0) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec, 12 ran.

Bennys Mist (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led to 2 out, weakened and lost 2nd place after last, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Persian Snow (10-8) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Feb.

King Edmund 4-1 (11-12) Held up in touch in 4th, effort and pressing for close 2nd before 2 out, soon outpaced, 3rd and well held last, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Aachen (10-8) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Feb.

Bless The Wings (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb, 13 ran.

Sew On Target (IRE) 11-4 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd 3rd, not fluent 6th, led 2 out, driven clear from last, won at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb beating Speedy Bruere (10-13) by 6l, 6 ran.

Highway Code (USA) 5-1 (11-9) Mid-division, went 3rd before 5 out, led 4 out, clear from 2 out, won at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov beating Massena (10-2) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.

Tap Night (USA) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway before 2 out, went 3rd before last, ridden and kept on flat, never reached front pair, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Wishfull Thinking (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.

Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, no real impression when blundered 14th, no chance after, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Planet Of Sound (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.

Mr Cracker (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) With winner until pecked badly 1st, soon lost place and in rear, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Mr Moonshine (11-4) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.

Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2nd, led approaching 4th where jumped right, went badly right again 3 out and soon headed, weakened rapidly, tailed off, 18th of 20, well behind Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb.

Christopher Wren (USA) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway from 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to get on terms, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Sgt Reckless (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.

Gallox Bridge 10-1 (11-12) Led to 4th, tracked leader, not fluent 8th, hit next, lost place 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Buywise (10-13) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.