Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase 3m 7f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 8m 19.30s
  • Off time: 16:00:14
16:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Balthazar King (IRE) 4/1
2nd Any Currency (IRE) 10/1
3rd Big Shu (IRE) 3/1
4th Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 20P-111 Red, Royal Blue stars, hooped sleeves and star on cap Balthazar King (IRE) 117
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 150 4/15.00
2 PFP-2P0 Purple, Yellow chevron and cap Uncle Junior (IRE) 38
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
13 11-10 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 148 25/126.00
3 74211-2 Red and white (halved), emerald green sleeves, white cap Big Shu (IRE) 38
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-9 t Peter Maher P Carberry 147 3/14.00
4 0PU-203 Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 45
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-8 E Bolger M P Walsh 146 16/117.00
5 631U31 PURPLE and ORANGE HALVED, sleeves reversed, striped cap Love Rory (IRE) 38
Nag me
6 11-7 E Bolger A P Heskin 145 10/111.00
6 2P-41PP Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Hey Big Spender (IRE) 60
Nag meCourse Winner
11 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 145 33/134.00
7 293-961 PINK and BLACK stripes, diabolo on sleeves Sire Collonges (FR) 89
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-7 p P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon 145 9/110.00
8 51-12U5 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Australia (IRE) 24
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
12 10-13 p H De Bromhead A E Lynch 137 20/121.00
9 1U-644F Purple, Light Blue cross belts and sleeves Bishopsfurze (IRE) 38
Nag me
9 10-12 W P Mullins D J Casey 136 14/115.00
10 67-6026 RED, BLACK star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, BLACK star Duke Of Lucca (IRE) 89
Nag meCourse Winner
9 10-10 bt P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 134 25/126.00
11 50F-293 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 38
Nag me
10 10-9 p E Bolger R P Mclernon 133 25/126.00
12 PF-434F White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 62
Nag meCourse Winner
11 10-9 t1 Nick Williams D A Jacob 133 20/121.00
13 0-P5325 Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 60
Nag me
11 10-8 M Keighley Ian Popham 132 10/111.00
14 74-2144 WHITE, royal blue stars, red cap A Stray Shot (IRE) 38
Nag me
7 10-7 G M O'Neill Ms K Walsh 131 25/126.00
15 P357PP MAROON, purple sleeves, maroon cap, purple diamonds Sin Palo (IRE) 75
Nag me
10 10-7 W P Mullins P Townend 131 66/167.00
16 536P3-3 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Star Neuville (FR) 18
Nag me
8 10-6 E Bolger D E Mullins 130 7/18.00

Verdict

Balthazar King loves the challenge of these cross-country fences and has now won six times around here, including this contest in 2012. He was last seen beating Uncle Junior by a length over track and trip in November, though the runner-up is a couple of pounds better off today and has also won here in the past. Last year's winner Big Shu has 11lb more to carry this season but made a promising reappearance behind Love Rory at Punchestown and there shouldn't be much between the pair of today's terms. Sizing Australia, the winner in 2011, lines up again and Any Currency was a bit unlucky when beaten half-a-length by Sire Collonges over course and distance in December and should be thereabouts again. Hey Big Spender, Duke Of Lucca and Diamond Harry all have ability but Enda Bolger's runners in this are always worth a second look. As well as Love Rory, he saddles Quantitativeeasing, Quiscover Fontaine and STAR NEUVILLE. The latter looks very well treated and can be a fifth winner in 10 years for the stable.