Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase 3m 7f

  • Winner £31,280 2nd £9,240 3rd £4,620 4th £2,310
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places; Cross Country: Soft)
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 461U04 Purple, Yellow chevron and cap Uncle Junior (IRE) 37
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
12 11-12 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 157 1001
2 5R3163 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Outlaw Pete (IRE) 26
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-2 J Halley Mr Josh Halley (7) 147 1001
3 06F226 Dark blue, yellow striped sleeves Bostons Angel (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-0 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 145 1001
4 44-046F Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Australia (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-11 p H De Bromhead A E Lynch 142 1001
5 2-P41U1 ROYAL BLUE, white cross belts, check cap Arabella Boy (IRE) 37
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8 10-9 E Bolger Ms N Carberry 140 1001
6 2-14876 Light Blue, Purple chevron, quartered cap Passato (GER) 69
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9 10-7 pt Miss J S Davis Timmy Murphy 138 1001
7 P3-97U0 YELLOW, purple star, purple cap, yellow star Saddlers Storm (IRE) 9
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11 10-6 A J Martin P Carberry 137 1001
8 B1-F742 Red and white (halved), emerald green sleeves, white cap Big Shu (IRE) 37
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8 10-5 t Peter Maher B M Cash 136 1001
9 0CP776 Black, royal blue chevron and sleeves A New Story (IRE) 19
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
15 10-4 M Hourigan A P Heskin (3) 135 1001
10 3-614U4 Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 61
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10 10-2 ct M Keighley Ian Popham (3) 133 1001
11 40/1-417 Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Freneys Well 16
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13 10-1 p E Bolger R P Mclernon 132 1001
12 121365 Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Shakervilz (FR) 37
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10 10-0 p1 W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 131 1001
13 3513U2 Pink, purple striped sleeves, purple cap Leac An Scail (IRE) 21
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12 10-0 Miss J E Foster Samantha Drake (7) 131 1001
14 8/01-612 Red, orange hoops, black cap Sacree Tiepy (FR) 23
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7 10-0 t1 E Clayeux J Reveley 131 1001
15 26R3-F9 Chocolate, royal blue sleeves, white cap Wedger Pardy (IRE) 116
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12 10-0 b K C Bailey Miss J Coward (7) 131 1001
16 P04334 Light Blue, Purple sash, Light Blue sleeves, Purple stars, Light Blue cap, Purple star Double Dizzy 25
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12 10-0 t R H Buckler A Glassonbury 130 1001

Verdict

Balthazar King halted Ireland's domination of this cross-country race 12 months ago but the status quo should be restored this year as the home team are significantly outnumbered. Arabella Boy's race at Punchestown early last month may well be the key to this. Enda Bolger's charge beat Big Shu, Uncle Junior, Shakervilz and BOSTONS ANGEL with Sizing Australia, winner of this on much faster ground in 2011, a faller. On better terms with most of his rivals, you'd expect Arabella Boy to come out on top again but he has still to really to prove he stays this far whereas Jessica Harrington's nine-year-old, who gets the nod, was an excellent second over course and distance behind Outlaw Pete earlier and is now 15lb better off with that one. He should confirm that running with third Leac An Scail and fourth Double Dizzy while Shakervilz and A New Story were further back. Uncle Junior and Arabella Boy both failed to complete. Wedger Pardy has run well here in the past but needs faster going and Freneys Well is now a 13-year-old. Any Currency could be interesting if taking to these unique fences, however, as he's fairly handicapped and stays well as he proved when third in last year's Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.