Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 5f

  • (5yo+, 2m 5f, Class 2, 13 runners)
  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155 5th £578 6th £290
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 44.70s
  • Off time: 12:42:35
Full result
Result 12:40 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Vino Griego 25/1
2nd 12 Renard D'irlande 19 11/2
3rd 5 Battle Group 7 20/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 8P-2F1
Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Rajdhani Express 31
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Mr S Waley-Cohen
  • Form: 8P-2F1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 142
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen (5) 142 4/1
2 P-231P
Dark Green, White stars, White and Red striped sleeves, White cap, Red star Ackertac (IRE) 35
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: P-231P
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7p
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 p N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 137 40/1
3 20-352
Black, Black and Pink check cap Gullinbursti (IRE) 25
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:D C Costello
  • Form: 20-352
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 136 6/1
4 1-5812
Red, large Black spots, Black cap Johns Spirit (IRE) 21
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 1-5812
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • OR: 133
  • Naps:
6 157 11-3 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 133 7/2f
5 2265F0
Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap Battle Group 14
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 2265F0
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-1b
  • OR: 131
  • Naps:
8 155 11-1 b D Pipe T Scudamore 131 20/1
6 442F2
Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 20
  • T:G L Moore
  • J:J E Moore
  • Form: 442F2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-12v
  • OR: 128
  • Naps:
8 152 10-12 v G L Moore J E Moore 128 25/1
7 66711
RED, WHITE chevron and armlets, striped cap McMurrough (IRE) 31
  • T:J M Jefferson
  • J:Harry Haynes
  • Form: 66711
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-10
  • OR: 126
  • Naps:
9 150 10-10 J M Jefferson Harry Haynes 126 33/1
8 13F213
Red, dark green sleeves, white armlets, white cap, red spots Sizing Santiago (IRE) 30
  • T:P Bowen
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 13F213
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-10pt
  • OR: 126
  • Naps:
7 150 10-10 pt P Bowen R Johnson 126 16/1
9 50P-61
Dark Blue, Yellow hollow box, Yellow cap Ballygarvey (FR) 22
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: 50P-61
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 149 10-9 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 125 12/1
10 3-32P2
Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Theatrical Star 25
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 3-32P2
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 149 10-9 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 125 10/1
11 115351
Red, White sleeves, Black stars, White cap Bennys Mist (IRE) 19
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: 115351
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-9
  • OR: 125
  • Naps:
7 149 10-9 Miss V Williams S Thomas 125 14/1
12 P-234
YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Renard D'irlande (FR) 42
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: P-234
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 124
  • Naps:
8 148 10-8 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 124 11/2
13 2-62F1
Red, Light Green star and star on cap Sew On Target (IRE) 18
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 2-62F1
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-4
  • OR: 120
  • Naps:
8 144 10-4 C L Tizzard Nick Scholfield 120 25/1

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2012   Bless The Wings (IRE)
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
7 11-2 A King W Hutchinson 13/2
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In depth

Verdict

RAJDHANI EXPRESS has been raised 13lb for his facile victory at Kempton but looks capable of going higher than his 142 rating over fences and is taken to concede weight with Sam Waley-Cohen's claim a major bonus. Gullinbursti appeared to be undone by the heavy conditions at Exeter and wouldn't want it any softer but Malcolm Jefferson loves his trips to Cheltenham and the tough Mcmurrough should go well. Johns Spirit made early mistakes before staying on strongly at Sandown and has to be of interest with a better round while Ballygarvey was so impressive on only his second start over fences at Lingfield that he enters the equation.

Formwatch

Vino Griego (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Salden Licht (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 1f nov chs (3) sft.

Renard D'irlande (FR) 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division, outpaced before 11th, headway before 3 out, left 4th last, one pace, 4th of 12, 13l behind Wiesentraum (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (3) gs in Dec.

Battle Group 33-1 (11-7) Mainly always towards rear, well behind 9th, 11th of 18, 36l behind Ely Brown (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft.

Sew On Target (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led, pressed 3 out, headed 2 out, led last, held on well, ridden out, won at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy beating Saved By John (11-12) by 1l, 7 ran.

Ackertac (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) Close up on inside, lost place and dropped rear at 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Wyck Hill (10-0) at Ascot 3m listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.

Johns Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear and not fluent in early stages, steady headway to chase leaders 15th, went 5 lengths 2nd approaching 2 out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Katenko (10-6) at Sandown 3m hcp chs (2) sft.

Rajdhani Express 3-1fav (11-6) Tracked leading paair, left 2nd at 12th, led on bit before 3 out, soon clear, comfortably, won at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Milarrow (11-1) by 34l, 8 ran.

McMurrough (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, driven out, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec beating Whats Up Woody (11-3) by 1l, 7 ran.

Sizing Santiago (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 13th, every chance before 3 out, no impression on winner next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Mister Hyde (10-13) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.

Ballygarvey (FR) 9-4 (11-2) Took keen hold early, chased leading pair, went 2nd at 2nd, led 3rd, clear when hit 6th, kept on strongly from 3 out, eased towards finish, won at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy beating Good Order (11-3) by 11l, 6 ran.

Theatrical Star 6-1 (11-0) Led, joined 4 out, kept slight advantage, driven before last, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (4) hvy.

Bennys Mist (IRE) 5-4fav (11-11) Took keen hold, made all, jumped left at times, clear after 2nd, hit 3 out, clambered over last, all out, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft beating Kellystown Lad (10-12) by 22l, 6 ran.

Gullinbursti (IRE) 7-4 (10-13) Pressed winnner, narrow lead 12th until before 4 out, stayed upsides and every chance until driven after 2 out, tried to rally last, no extra and held final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Hawkes Point (10-13) at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) hvy.