Annual Members Cheltenham Preview On 28th February Maiden Hurdle 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 9 runners)
- Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 12.10s
- Off time: 17:20:21
|1st||4 Faultless Feelings||5/6f|
|2nd||3 Deciding Moment||2¾||7/2|
|3rd||5 Fitz Volonte||19||50/1|
Cornerhouse Sam (IRE) 36
|8||158 11-4 t||Marc Barber||Mr Matthew Barber (7)||100/1|
Cyrien Star 73
|6||158 11-4||H D Daly||Jake Greenall (3)||110||7/2|
Deciding Moment (IRE) 34
|7||158 11-4 t||B De Haan||D A Jacob||116||7/2|
Faultless Feelings (IRE) 11
|7||158 11-4||M Keighley||Ian Popham (3)||116||5/6f|
Fitz Volonte 63
|6||158 11-4||Andrew Martin||Mr J Martin (7)||99||50/1|
In The Binyanis (IRE) 14
|6||158 11-4||Jonjo O'Neill||R P Mclernon||11/1|
Mr Gee Jay 303
|7||158 11-4 t1||N A Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||33/1|
Noble Chic 4
|8||158 11-4||S-J Davies||Mr J Mahot (7) (ex2)||97||50/1|
Fannythewundahorse (IRE) 83
|6||151 10-11||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||25/1|
Low Gales (IRE)
||6||11-4||C J Mann||S Thomas||33/1|
Martin Keighley's yard have been among the winners lately and his FAULTLESS FEELINGS has been running well in handicaps lately. Back in novice company, the seven-year-old can finally get off the mark as he proved he stays this trip at Warwick 11 days ago. In The Binyanis has won over 3m between the flags and now gets the chance to show his stamina over hurdles after a couple of runs over shorter. He won a Punchestown bumper around this time last year. Deciding Moment has shown enough to suggest he can also get involved in this finale but Cyrien Star needs more. Mr Gee Jay and Fannythewundahorse have scope but may require more time.
Faultless Feelings (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) In touch, outpaced 3 out, stayed on to take 4th run-in, 4th of 15, 8l behind Dream Again Boys (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Fitz Volonte 66-1 (10-7) Led hit 4th, headed approaching 2 out, soon outpaced, no threat after, 7th of 18, 31l behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Noble Chic 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden before 6th, plugged on into remote 4th before last, no chance, 4th of 15, 39l behind Xaarcet (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.
Cyrien Star 14-1 (11-0) Prominent, mistake 5th, ridden 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 18, 14l behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Mr Gee Jay 33-1 (11-0) Jumped slowly 1st and 2nd, in rear, effort after 7th, weakened after 9th, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Seven Woods (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Fannythewundahorse (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, lost place and ridden 9f out, behind 6f out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Heronshaw (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Cornerhouse Sam (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th or 5th, ridden and weakened after 8th, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
In The Binyanis (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 16, well behind One Conemara (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft.