Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 5.20s
  • Off time: 16:20:42
Full result
Result 16:20 Bangor-on-Dee
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Coverholder 8/15f
2nd 2 Koultas King 7 11/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 U-02P45
Black, light blue epaulets, sleeves and cap Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 18
  • T:W Greatrex
  • J:Thomas Garner
  • Form: U-02P45
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-12t
  • OR: 113
  • Naps:
6 166 11-12 t W Greatrex Thomas Garner (7) 113 9/2
2 24-42P2
Maroon, Light Blue and Brown hooped sleeves, quartered cap Koultas King (IRE) 22
  • T:Tim Vaughan
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 24-42P2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-11t
  • OR: 112
  • Naps:
6 165 11-11 t Tim Vaughan R Johnson 112 11/2
3 55-5F62
Black, red hoops, black sleeves, red stars Ajman (IRE) 28
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Adam Wedge
  • Form: 55-5F62
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 108
  • Naps:
8 161 11-7 t Evan Williams Adam Wedge (3) 108 20/1
4 534
Light blue, pink sleeves, light blue and pink check cap Welsh Bard (IRE) 15
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 534
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-13p1
  • OR: 110
  • Naps:
4 153 10-13 p1 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 110 14/1
5 5-41111
DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap Coverholder (IRE) 8
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Jonathan England
  • Form: 5-41111
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-5
  • OR: 92
  • Naps:
6 145 10-5 Mrs S J Smith Jonathan England (5) 92 8/15f

In depth

Verdict

COVERHOLDER is a winner without a penalty and difficult to oppose. He landed his fourth straight victory when successful in a conditionals' race at Wetherby last week and can go in again. Koultas King and Ajman can both figure on the back of recent placed efforts with the former preferred over today's trip while top weight Turbo Du Ranch may also get involved after finishing fourth at Warwick on his latest start. All three of the above will still do well to get the better of the selection, however, while Welsh Bard has been well beaten in a couple of maiden hurdles and is even harder to fancy.

Formwatch

Coverholder (IRE) 5-4fav (11-10) Always prominent, not fluent 5th, led before 3 out, clear last, ran on well, won at Wetherby 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Solway Dandy (11-3) by 8l, 16 ran.

Koultas King (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Led until 6th, led after 3 out, headed 2 out, every chance flat, not pace of winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.

Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 11-1 (11-7) In rear, headway before 2 out, no impression, 5th of 15, 9l behind Dream Again Boys (11-7) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.

Welsh Bard (IRE) 15-2 (10-7) Chased leader, pushed along 5th, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 9, 22l behind Deepsand (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.

Ajman (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 6th, chased winner 2 out, switched right approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Drussell (10-13) at Ludlow 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.