BetVictor Cheltenham Festival Antepost Pioneers Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 5f
- (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 5, 6 runners)
- Winner £2,395 2nd £698 3rd £349
- Going: Heavy
- Surface: Turf
- Off time: 14:30:15
|2nd||3 Witch's Hat||¾||11/4|
Sulpius (GER) (ex7) 7
|7||168 12-0||R H Buckler||A Glassonbury||82||5/2f|
Queen Of The West (IRE) 21
|5||166 11-12 v||Jamie Snowden||Mr H Derham (5)||87||16/1|
Witch's Hat (IRE) 16
|9||162 11-8 t||J A B Old||M D Grant||83||11/4|
For Sahkey Moony (IRE) 140
|7||161 11-7 t||Mrs C M Hamilton||Mr J M Ridley (7)||82||12/1|
Doheny Bar (IRE) 192
|9||154 11-0||P Henderson||T J O'Brien||75||7/2|
Little Jimmy 14
|5||153 10-13||T R Gretton||Felix de Giles||74||7/2|
||8||p||Miss Z C Davison||Gemma Gracey-Davison||59||NR|
Sulpius has a 7lb penalty for last week's win at Fontwell but looks to be on an upward curve and will make a bold bid to defy the extra. However, we just prefer WITCH'S HAT who finally came good over fences at Leicester at the start of the month and still looks well treated on her best form. Winning pointer Doheny Bar is back under Rules for the first time in more than two years and may be best watched while For Sakhey Moony also returns from a break and the others would need to improve to take a hand in the finish.
Tchang Goon (FR) 8-1 (9-9) Held up, mistake 1st, headway 9th, disputing close 3rd when hit 2 out and left 2nd, beaten when hit last, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Thedreamstillalive (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Sulpius (GER) 7-1 (11-1) Chased leader, led 8th, made rest, came clear after 4 out, eased towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Midnight Charmer (9-13) by 12l, 9 ran.
Witch's Hat (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Made all, jumped left 3 out, left clear last, comfortable, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs beating Caulfields Venture (11-12) by 11l, 5 ran.
For Sahkey Moony (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division, reminders after 7th, headway 12th, weakened 14th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Danimix (10-11) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in Jul.
Queen Of The West (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair in touch, chased leaders under pressure before 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened after next, 5th of 6, 20l behind Topaze Collonges (11-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Doheny Bar (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Ww rr, prog in 9th from 9th, ko without threatening from last, 8th of 13, 19l behind Foreverpresenting (12-0) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun.
Little Jimmy 33-1 (11-1) Held up, blundered 8th, driven in modest 6th after 3 out, went 4th before mistake 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 9, 17l behind Rouge Et Blanc (11-9) at Folkestone 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.