Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:05 StanJames.com International Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner £74,035 2nd £27,781 3rd £13,910 4th £6,929
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.50s
  • Off time: 15:05:53
15:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grandouet (FR) 5/2
2nd Overturn (IRE) 7/2
3rd Brampour (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2/115-4U Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 39
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 5/23.50
2 573-111 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Overturn (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-8 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 168 7/24.50
3 3199-11 Red, Orange diamond, Orange sleeves, Red stars, Red cap, Orange diamonds Brampour (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 11-4 P F Nicholls Harry Derham 159 13/27.50
4 114462- Green, yellow cross belts, collar and cuffs, hooped cap Clerk's Choice (IRE) 231
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-4 O Sherwood L Aspell 160 14/115.00
5 13B-1F1 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 164 5/23.50
6 F371P-8 Red, Pink epaulets Sanctuaire (FR) 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 150 14/115.00
7 130/1-13 Red, white cap Pittoni (IRE) 20
Nag me
5 11-0 p1 C Byrnes A P McCoy 151 10/111.00
8 5/7F9-64 Royal blue, white chevron, emerald green sleeves, white cap Stormy Weather (FR) 14
Nag me
5 11-0 B Ellison Danny Cook 113 200/1201.00

Verdict

Grandouet made amends for an uncharacteristic fall at Wincanton when beating Marsh Warbler by eight lengths at Haydock. The four-year-old had plenty left in the locker and will be fancied to continue on an upward curve but he's back against older horses here and has been beaten in two previous starts over this C&D. MENORAH, on the other hand, loves it around here and, though carrying 4lb more than when successful in this contest 12 months ago, is fancied to record course victory number four. Last season's Champion Hurdle fifth would have won on his chasing debut at Exeter last month had he not blundered and unseated Richard Johnson at the second-last. He'll be back over the larger obstacles sooner rather than later but can pick up this nice prize in the interim. Overturn goes from strength to strength and simply ran the finish out of Binocular in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle last time. Donald McCain's trailblazer may not be as well suited by Cheltenham, however, and was behind the selection and Clerk's Choice in the Champion Hurdle. Brampour has improved over the summer and has already won valuable handicaps here and at Ascot this term. This is another step up the ladder, however, and he was well behind Grandouet in the Triumph Hurdle in March, though is still preferred to Irish raider Pittoni and the enigmatic Sanctuaire.