Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase 2m 5f

  • (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 2, 5 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Good (Cross Country: Good, Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 16.10s
  • Off time: 12:30:36
Full result
Result 12:30 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Oscar Whisky 4/5f
2nd 2 Wonderful Charm ½ 5/4

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 3-12175
BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Red Riverman 19
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 3-12175
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
5 162 11-8 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 124 50/1
2 2/18-111
Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Wonderful Charm (FR) 14
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 2/18-111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-8t
  • OR: 152
  • Naps:
5 162 11-8 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 152 5/4
3 4-51590
Royal blue, red inverted triangle and sleeves, yellow cap Captain Ocana (IRE) 83
  • T:P Henderson
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 4-51590
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 114
  • Naps:
8 159 11-5 P Henderson Nick Scholfield 114 100/1
4 4/2109-9
Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Close House 27
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 4/2109-9
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-0t1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 154 11-0 t1 D Pipe T Scudamore 14/1
5 112P4-2
Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 28
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 112P4-2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR:
  • Naps:
8 154 11-0 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 4/5f

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Super Duty (IRE)
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
6 11-0 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 9/4
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In depth

Verdict

We weren't overly impressed with Oscar Whisky's jumping on his chase debut here last month but he was only beaten a neck by the smart Taquin Du Seuil and will know more today. However, a line through third The Romford Pele suggests Nicky Henderson's charge will struggle to get the better of WONDERFUL CHARM, despite receiving 8lb. The latter looks a natural chaser and is working his way steadily through the ranks. He has hardly put a foot wrong in three starts over fences and can extend his unbeaten record here. Close House should make a chaser but this is a baptism of fire and he didn't manage a win here in five tries over timber.

Formwatch

Oscar Whisky (IRE) 4-6fav (11-2) Gifted lead 1st, set steady pace after, quickened when joined approaching 2 out, ridden and headed narrowly flat, kept on, just held, 2nd of 4, nk behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs (2) gd in Nov.

Wonderful Charm (FR) 8-11fav (11-8) Tracked leader, challenged 3 out, led after last, soon ridden and ran on well, won at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov beating Up To Something (11-8) by 6l, 4 ran.

Red Riverman 17-2 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, ridden after next, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 26l behind Oscar Hill (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.

Captain Ocana (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Never better than mid-division, 14th of 18, 39l behind Quick Jack (10-13) at Listowel 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 in Sep.

Close House 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, tracked leaders after 4 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace, weakened flat, 9th of 17, 19l behind Return Spring (9-13) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Nov.