Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 12:55 Cheltenham & Three Counties Race Club Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £12,524 2nd £3,700 3rd £1,850 4th £926
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 0.40s
  • Off time: 12:55:43
12:55 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Oscar Whisky (IRE) 3/1
2nd Any Given Day (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 221-373 White, Dark Green hoops and armlets Barizan (IRE) 42
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-12 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 140 33/134.00
2 2248-21 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Karabak (FR) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 A King A P McCoy 161 2/13.00
3 70-2142 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Any Given Day (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-8 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 159 7/24.50
4 44F-F33 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Celestial Halo (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-8 bt P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 160 9/25.50
5 123-044 RED, BLACK star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, BLACK star Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 22
Nag me
6 11-4 P J Hobbs R Johnson 149 11/112.00
6 1/1114- Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 291
Nag me
6 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 146 3/14.00
7 P/1357-0 Dark blue and red (halved), dark blue sleeves, white cap Secret Dancer (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 A E Jones S Thomas 131 66/167.00

Verdict

Any Given Day ran a strange race in the Relkeel Hurdle over C&D last month, almost tailing himself off in the early stages before producing a withering run in the second half of the race and eventually only finding KARABAK less than two lengths too good at the line. On 4lb better terms, many will expect Donald McCain's much-improved grey to turn the tables but the winner is the type to keep finding more when challenged and can confirm the placings. Celestial Halo, third that day, will struggle to reverse the form with the first two while trail-blazer Barizan's prospects of staying this longer trip appear remote. Duke Of Lucca, on the other hand, probably needs further while Oscar Whisky hasn't raced since finishing fourth in last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle, though this trip should suit.