Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:25 Paddypower.com Handicap Chase2m

  • Winner £25,048 2nd £7,400 3rd £3,700 4th £1,852
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 1.80s
  • Off time: 14:26:26
14:25 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dave's Dream (IRE) 10/3
2nd Grand Lahou (FR) 25/1
3rd Rivaliste (FR) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 43603-1 Black and White check, White sleeves, Black armlets Safari Journey (USA) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-12 b P J Hobbs R Johnson 144 6/17.00
2 1/8PUP7- Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Perce Rock 204
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-6 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon (3) 138 25/126.00
3 63/1127- Light Blue and Maroon stripes, Light Blue sleeves, hooped cap Rivaliste (FR) 239
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-5 P F Nicholls N Fehily 137 7/24.50
4 66/1340- Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue cap, Red star Dave's Dream (IRE) 239
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-5 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 137 10/34.33
5 3-13221 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap Quito Du Tresor (FR) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 Miss Lucinda V Russell C I Gillies 135 15/28.50
6 333113- RED and WHITE (quartered), RED sleeves De Boitron (FR) 204
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 134 12/113.00
7 553511 Yellow, purple cross belts, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Keelaghan (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-13 A J Martin A P McCoy 131 5/16.00
8 11P3-P0 Yellow, Dark Blue epaulets, Dark Blue sleeves, Yellow armlets Pocket Aces (IRE) 27
Nag me
8 10-12 R Rowe L Aspell 130 25/126.00
9 31F042 White, Maroon star, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue and White quartered cap Grand Lahou (FR) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-11 Tim Vaughan Mr Tom David (7) 129 25/126.00
11 109-P07 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Star of Germany (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-5 Ian Williams T Scudamore 123 25/126.00
12 F53U73 White and red stripes, red sleeves, red cap, white star Rookery Rebel (IRE) 26
Nag me
8 10-0 C W J Farrell D G Hogan (3) 117 25/126.00
Non runners
1066P4-83Tramantano1110-10N A Twiston-DaviesNon Runner128

Verdict

This race revolves around SAFARI JOURNEY and whether the blinkers work at the second time of asking, because if they do he can follow-up his Ascot canter. Philip Hobbs' horse has plenty of pieces of form that in the past promised much but until his seasonal reappearance he'd been rather a talented rogue, only for the headgear to enable arguably the handicap performance of the season so far as he sauntered clear of Fiendish Flame, himself a winner since. Of course this is tougher off a stone higher mark but he travelled like a horse at least that far ahead of his mark last time and is worth backing to go in again. Dave's Dream could be the type who proves best caught fresh and he clearly has the ability to go close off this rating, so Nicky Henderson's charge is considered the biggest threat ahead of Rivaliste, who may need some cut to perform over a trip he'll find sharp. Keelaghan is a fascinating Irish raider but his trainer has saddled just three winners from 66 runners over fences in Britain during recent years which is off-putting, while De Boitron has it all to do from this rating and Quito Du Tresor will find this tougher than his cosy Stratford success.