Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m 110y

  • Winner £238,051 2nd £89,327 3rd £44,726 4th £22,279
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 44.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:13
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Jezki (IRE) 9/1
2nd My Tent Or Yours (IRE) 3/1
3rd The New One (IRE) 10/3

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4-13343 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Royal Blue cap Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
13 11-10 E P Harty M P Walsh 154 100/1101.00
2 31/4-353 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Grumeti 24
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 A King W Hutchinson 149 66/167.00
3 111-111 Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond and diamonds on cap Hurricane Fly (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 173 11/43.75
4 31-1124 Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Jezki (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 h Mrs J Harrington B J Geraghty 165 9/110.00
5 11-1511 Dark Blue, Light Blue inverted triangle and armlets, check cap Melodic Rendezvous 24
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 J Scott Nick Scholfield 163 20/121.00
6 121-111 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap My Tent Or Yours (IRE) 23
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson A P McCoy 167 3/14.00
7 1111-32 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Our Conor (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-10 D T Hughes D E Mullins 164 5/16.00
8 31-2122 ROYAL BLUE and ORANGE check, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, ORANGE star Ptit Zig (FR) 52
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 159 28/129.00
9 212-112 Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star The New One (IRE) 75
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 167 10/34.33

Verdict

A third Champion Hurdle and a 20th Grade 1 victory for Hurricane Fly certainly can't be ruled out as the 10-year-old, aiming to become the oldest winner of the race since Sea Pigeon in 1981, has looked as good as ever this season. He found a fine turn of foot to hold off Our Conor in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January when Captain Cee Bee and Jezki were third and fourth but improvement is expected from the latter today in a hood and the runner-up has had this as his aim all season. He was hugely impressive when running away with the Triumph Hurdle here last year but five-year-olds normally have to be something extra special to win this and his time may come in the years ahead. A lack of maturity might also count against Ptit Zig while Grumeti and Melodic Rendezvous were firmly put in their place by My Tent Or Yours in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle in November. The latter, just beaten in last year's Supreme Novices', has improved again this season and got the better of THE NEW ONE in a terrific tussle for the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton but the latter's trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, is adamant his charge would have won had he not dived at the last and will be better suited by Cheltenham, where he has already won four times. Providing there is a decent gallop and he puts in an error-free round, the six-year-old could just out-last his rivals up the hill.