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
- Winning time: 5m 5.20s
- Off time: 16:20:42
|2nd||2 Koultas King||7||11/2|
Turbo Du Ranch (FR) 18
|6||166 11-12 t||W Greatrex||Thomas Garner (7)||113||9/2|
Koultas King (IRE) 22
|6||165 11-11 t||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||112||11/2|
Ajman (IRE) 28
|8||161 11-7 t||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge (3)||108||20/1|
Welsh Bard (IRE) 15
|4||153 10-13 p1||D McCain Jnr||J M Maguire||110||14/1|
Coverholder (IRE) 8
|6||145 10-5||Mrs S J Smith||Jonathan England (5)||92||8/15f|
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.
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.