Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 12:05 Cheltenham Collection Novices' Chase2m 5f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft-Good to Soft in plcs; Cross Country: Good to Soft-Soft in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 51.72s
  • Off time: 12:06:16
12:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Weird Al (IRE) 11/4
2nd Pigeon Island 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 484-113 Red and Yellow (quartered), hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Five Dream (FR) 26
Nag meCourse Winner
5 11-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 11/112.00
2 2/1-1 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-8 Ian Williams N Fehily 140 11/43.75
3 2571-31 PURPLE, MAUVE chevron and armlets, quartered cap Awesome George 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-5 A King Charlie Huxley 135 9/43.25
4 62132-1 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Minella Theatre (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 Miss H C Knight A P McCoy 134 5/23.50
5 688-2F2 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 26
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-0 b N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 6/17.00

Verdict

Weird Al has shown a decent level of form from limited opportunities for Ian Williams after just three starts and has to be considered following his narrow success here last time but he has an 8lb penalty to carry for that win and it may be worth siding with PIGEON ISLAND, who gets the vote ahead of Five Dream. The last mentioned has a bit to find with the selection on running here last month behind Tataniano but the longer trip may help the five-year-old, who cannot be discounted given the form of runners trained by Paul Nicholls. Alan King's runners are in better form now and his representative, Awesome George, showed much better form when successful at Ascot last month. The softer ground today should not be a problem for the son of Exit To Nowhere and he makes more appeal than Henrietta Knight's Minella Theatre, who needs to improve on all known form to trouble the judge. The vote then goes the way of Pigeon Island, who has yet to win over fences but has the beating of Five Dream on running here last month, should not be inconvenienced by the step up in trip and he looks worth chancing receiving weight all round.