Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Jcb Triumph Hurdle2m 1f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 3.80s
  • Off time: 13:32:00
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zaynar (FR) 11/2
2nd Walkon (FR) 4/1
3rd Mourad (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31 WHITE, light blue stars, white sleeves, red cap Art Sleuth (USA) 27
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4 11-0 t W P Mullins P Townend 133 66/167.00
2 R3112 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots Ebadiyan (IRE) 26
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 11-0 P O Brady J Cullen 147 8/19.00
3 D1 Red, white cap Jumbo Rio (IRE) 26
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4 11-0 E J O'Grady A J Mcnamara 147 11/112.00
4 318 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Just Rob 76
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 Ian Williams D R Dennis 115 150/1151.00
5 111 Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Lethal Weapon (IRE) 77
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4 11-0 C Roche A P McCoy 145 9/110.00
6 431454 Emerald Green, White star, Emerald Green and Black striped sleeves, White cap, Black star Maidstone Mixture (FR) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 Paul Murphy R McGrath 105 250/1251.00
7 1 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Master of Arts (USA) 41
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4 11-0 D Pipe T Scudamore 17/29.50
8 13 Yellow and Light Green diabolo, Yellow sleeves, quartered cap Mourad (IRE) 26
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4 11-0 W P Mullins R Walsh 144 14/115.00
9 6332 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve de Sivola (FR) 48
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4 11-0 Nick Williams D A Jacob 143 20/121.00
10 1211 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Silk Drum (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 145 25/126.00
11 141143 White, Dark Green hoops and armlets Simarian (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 11-0 Evan Williams Donal Fahy 139 40/141.00
12 111 NAVY BLUE, GREEN sash, CERISE cap Starluck (IRE) 76
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4 11-0 A Fleming Timmy Murphy 147 5/16.00
13 1321 Light Blue, Red seams, hooped sleeves, Red cap Stow 27
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4 11-0 Miss V Williams S Thomas 137 50/151.00
14 21122 Maroon, white star and armlets, maroon cap, white star Tharawaat (IRE) 60
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4 11-0 G Elliott D N Russell 143 40/141.00
15 121 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, striped sleeves, Pink cap, Emerald Green star Trenchant 20
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4 11-0 A King Wayne Hutchinson 141 28/129.00
16 1 Maroon, Yellow hoops, Maroon sleeves, Yellow cap Tyrrells Wood (IRE) 20
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4 11-0 T G Mills J E Moore 66/167.00
17 1211 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Walkon (FR) 48
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 11-0 A King R Thornton 152 4/15.00
18 11 ORANGE, BLACK epaulets Zaynar (FR) 55
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 p1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 150 11/26.50

Verdict

The strong pace that is associated with this race should be assured with a large field going to post and that will certainly aid ZAYNAR. The other fancied runners, Walkon, Master Of Arts and Ebadiyan all have solid claims and are respected. Those to the fore of the market have held sway of late and it's reasonable to expect them to dominate the finish in what appears to be a decent renewal. Not everyone was impressed by Zaynar's workmanlike victory at Ascot and connections have taken the decision to fit him with cheekpieces but it was far from a bad performance as he did extend his advantage by a significant margin. The form of the race stacks up as does his debut defeat of Walkon and the way that this race is likely to be run will suit him far better than the small field at Ascot. Walkon was conceding weight to Nicky Henderson's runner at Newbury and was beaten by four lengths but he has improved since and his trainer has sent out two winners and two placed horses in the last four runnings of this race. Walkon has a rock solid profile and seems certain to be in the shake-up and to confirm early season form with Reve De Sivola who did get closer to him last time. Master Of Arts made as impressive a debut as you could wish to see at Doncaster and the form is good with the runner-up finishing fourth in Tuesday's opener. Marks against him are concerns regarding his lack of experience and whether he has the stamina for this test which his pedigree far from guarantees. Starluck is unbeaten and has done his winning on flat tracks but there's no reason to believe that he won't be as effective here and he's a very nice prospect having shown decent form on the level. He hails from a smaller yard but shouldn't be underestimated and rates a player. The Irish challenge is led by Ebadiyan who is bred along similar lines to Zaynar and was on the verge of Listed class for John Oxx. He may not have had the race run to suit when beaten by Jumbo Rio last time and had readily accounted for that one earlier in the season; he also has the beating of the unbeaten Lethal Weapon on a line through Tharawaat although lightly raced individuals are open to improvement. The drier conditions should be to his liking, he has plenty of experience and is another with a live chance. They are the principal contenders in a strong race which should bring out the best in Zaynar.