Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 2, 4 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 31.10s
  • Off time: 14:06:49
Full result
Result 14:05 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Taquin Du Seuil 3/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 12116-1
Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 17
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 12116-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 3/1
2 42122F
MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 27
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 42122F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 132
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 132 33/1
3 1/112P4-
Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 225
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1/112P4-
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR:
  • Naps:
8 156 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 4/6f
4 11488-2
PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap The Romford Pele (IRE) 34
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:N Fehily
  • Form: 11488-2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-2
  • OR: 134
  • Naps:
6 156 11-2 Miss R Curtis N Fehily 134 9/2

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Dynaste (FR)
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
6 11-2 D Pipe T Scudamore 7/4
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In depth

Verdict

This looks a fascinating clash between Taquin Du Seuil and OSCAR WHISKY. We're coming down on the side of Nicky Henderson's classy eight-year-old who could be a little clumsy over hurdles but is likely to show these fences more respect. He may not have the scope of Jonjo O'Neill's easy Ffos Las winner, who was also a smart hurdler, but the fact that he gets 5lb today is very much in his favour, as is the good ground. The Romford Pele made the well-regarded Balder Success pull out all the stops at Chepstow and is clearly no slouch. He should be winning soon but The Cockney Mackem is often a law unto himself and has almost refused to race on a couple of occasions. He won't be able to give any of his rivals a start here.

Formwatch

Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 4-9fav (11-2) Tracked leading pair, closed travelling well 5 out, went 2nd before next, challenged 3 out, led on bit between last 2, hit last, unextended, won at Ffos Las 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Oct beating Bob Ford (11-2) by 2l, 4 ran.

Oscar Whisky (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3rd, ridden before last, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 8l behind Zarkandar (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr.

The Romford Pele (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Held up last, went 4th after 11th, tracked leading pair 3 out, closing under pressure when went 2nd last, driven and stayed on flat, always held, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Balder Succes (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov chs (2) gd in Oct.

The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up, headway 6th, mistake 9th, weakened after 3 out, left remote 2nd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Dark Lover (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gs in Oct, 6 ran.