17:30 Cheltenham Wed 17 April 2019
- Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates' Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals And Amateurs) (Class 3)
- 2m 179y, Good
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Veteran that's now back on his last winning mark, has faced some very stiff tasks and will appreciate this drop in grade but questionable whether this trip plays to his strengths, and on that, others make a bit more appeal.
Winner of three of his last four, not seen out since October but was clearly improving at the time. However, was well beaten in this last year and is likely to need the outing.
Winner in Ireland for Henry De Bromhead but has shown very little in two starts for new yard and can really only be watched until showing a bit more form.
Made all to score at Leicester last time out but given a hefty whack by the handicapper for it and will surely need to improve again. Only 5, so could do that, and seems to go on all ground. Not ruled out.
One of the easiest handicap winners of the season when hosing up here in October but not gone on from that as expected, and might be the handicapper has his worked out. Can't be easily discounted all the same.
A little tricky to win with (4 wins in 29 starts) but runs his race more often than not, and continued in good form by finishing third in the Betfair Hurdle when last seen. Ought to be on the premises once more.
Have to go back to 2015 to find last win (for Tony Martin) and although he has some useful handicap form to his name, yet to catch fire for new yard and is best watched today.
Wasn't going anywhere quickly for Henry De Bromhead in two starts this winter and hopes seem rather pinned on a change of scenery to turn his fortunes around. Plenty to do here.
Consistent performer that tries hard, knows where the winning post is and still looks on a fair mark based on his Wetherby win earlier in the year. Quicker they go the better his chance late on, and he's not discounted.
Had looked one of the yard's more moderate performers until showing improved form at Newbury last time. Upped 5lb for that but excellent young pilot takes three of them off, and he must be a player with a repeat.
Sprang a 33-1 surprise when a C&D winner here in November (plenty of winners from the race), not seen since but still looks very fairly treated and clearly conditions suit. Chance if fit.
Off the mark when making all to win at Fontwell, faced an easy task but previous form in novice hurdles is solid and he looks on a fair mark. No reason not to run his race and has a chance.
Go back far enough and there's form that makes him look very well treated today but he needs to bounce back from a poor effort at Kempton last time out. Might represent a bit of value for those looking for one at a price.
Has been in terrific form this winter/spring and lost no caste in defeat at Fakenham last time. However, this trip surely on the short side for him and it's not hard to see him getting outpaced at some point.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Kerry LeeJ: Richard Patrick|
Laughing Luis (7/2), Magic Dancer (5/1), Red Hot Chilly (11/2), Storm Rising (7/1), Turning Gold (15/2), Cornborough (8/1), Le Ligerien (12/1), Uno Mas (14/1), Minellaforleisure (16/1), Capital Force (33/1), Innocent Touch (33/1), Mister Fizz (40/1), Pyromaniac (40/1), Black Key (50/1)
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