Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 16:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £10,635 2nd £3,142 3rd £1,571 4th £785
  • Going: Good; Cross Country Firm-Good to Firm in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 1.10s
  • Off time: 16:07:56
16:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grands Crus (FR) 6/4
2nd Champion Court (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2194-U1 Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 M Keighley P J Brennan 13/27.50
2 11242-1 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 34
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 7/42.75
3 11111-2 Pink, White Chevron, White cap Dualla Lord (IRE) 20
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 16/117.00
4 11122-6 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 146
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 t D Pipe T Scudamore 6/42.50
5 13220-2 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Sybarite (FR) 15
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-2 b1 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 25/126.00
6 563234- Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 241
Nag me
6 11-2 G L Moore J E Moore 133 33/134.00
7 440-373 ORANGE, BLACK epaulets Zaynar (FR) 27
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 p Nick Williams A P McCoy 12/113.00

Verdict

Grand Crus, second to champion staying hurdler Big Bucks both here and at Aintree in the spring, should develop into one of the season's leading novice chasers if his jumping stands up to scrutiny but may have to give best over this trip to CUE CARD. Hugely impressive when making virtually all the running at Chepstow last month, Colin Tizzard's gelding has had the form of that success franked by both the second and third since and he's an exciting prospect. Champion Court won nicely at Aintree but his jumping still looks a little suspect under pressure, while prolific pointer Dualla Lord faces top-class opposition on his first start over fences under Rules. Sybarite was surprisingly beaten in a four-runner race at Stratford but should improve and makes more appeal than the disappointing Zaynar. Vino Griego should win races over fences but it will be a surprise if he's good enough in the grade.