Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle 2m
- (4yo+, 2m, Class 3, 10 runners)
- Winner £8,122 2nd £2,385 3rd £1,192 4th £596
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 58.80s
- Off time: 16:02:59
|1st||5 Pearls Legend||12/1|
|3rd||2 Dreambrook Lady||s.h||10/3f|
|7||166 11-12 bt||B Ellison||Danny Cook||123||7/2|
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 24
|7||164 11-10||J Scott||Nick Scholfield||121||10/3f|
|5||162 11-8||Evan Williams||Paul Moloney||119||10/1|
Pearls Legend 63
|6||160 11-6||J L Spearing||J E Moore||117||12/1|
King Zeal (IRE) 41
|9||158 11-4 t||B Leavy||D A Jacob||115||33/1|
Teshali (IRE) 13
|7||158 11-4 t||A Middleton||James Banks (7)||115||12/1|
|5||158 11-4||Dave Roberts||Lee Edwards||115||25/1|
Drussell (IRE) 21
|7||158 11-4||M R Bosley||Miss Rachel King (7)||115||7/2|
Rowlestone Lad 34
|6||156 11-2||J L Flint||Mr T J Flint (7)||113||7/2|
Clarion Call 65
|5||155 11-1 p||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge (3)||112||33/1|
||5||117||N A Twiston-Davies||Non Runner||118||NR|
||7||10-0||M C Chapman||Miss Alice Mills||100/1|
DRUSSELL is chasing a course and distance hat-trick and has plenty in his favour again. He is upped in class and 10lb higher than for his latest success but Rachel King takes off 7lb again and the ground is ideal. Thegaygardener and Scoglio are returning from a break but Ultimate is interesting as he'll be suited by the track and has been showing signs of a return to form lately. He was second off this mark at Musselburgh last week. Rowlestone Lad could go well off a low weight but Dreambrook Lady and Red Riverman still looks to have a few pounds too much. Pearls Legend won over 2m on soft going at Worcester last summer and may be best of the rest.
Red Riverman 25-1 (11-7) Chased leader until 3rd, soon dropped to 4th, went modest 3rd before 3 out, tailed off, 3rd of 5, 48l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-11) at Exeter 2m 1f Listed nov hdl (1) hvy.
Pearls Legend 40-1 (11-5) Chased leaders went 2nd approaching 6th until approaching 3 out where mistake, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 12, 33l behind Uxizandre (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Teshali (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, hit 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 10, 5l behind Art Professor (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Towards rear, in rear halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Adiynara (11-2) at Wolverhampton 2m Mares Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Jan.
Rowlestone Lad 33-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind City Press (11-0) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Ultimate 5-1 (11-5) Led, headed before 4th, remaind close up, led after 4 out, mistake 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Ifandbutwhynot (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Thegaygardener 7-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, keen early, driven to challenge 2 out, soon outpaced, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Violets Boy (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Drussell (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, smooth headway on outside to chase leaders 6th, led travelling well before 3 out, pushed along and came readily clear flat, won at Ludlow 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Ajman (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
King Zeal (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, mid-division when fell 4 out, in a race won by Marino Prince (10-11) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Scoglio 16-1 (10-7) Tracked winner, outpaced when switched wide approaching 3 out, lost place next, weakened last, 4th of 6, 33l behind Decoy (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jul.
Clarion Call 8-1 (11-4) Led, pushed along 4 out, headed before next, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Scorched Son (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.