Cheltenham

  • 13:30 John Oaksey National Hunt Chase 4m

  • Winner £50,966 2nd £15,920 3rd £7,956 4th £3,978
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 8m 32.20s
  • Off time: 13:30:17
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Back In Focus (IRE) 9/4
2nd Tofino Bay (IRE) 8/1
3rd Godsmejudge (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 18/2111 Beige and Black (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Back In Focus (IRE) 75
Nag me
8 11-6 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 150 9/43.25
2 421-11 BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap Buddy Bolero (IRE) 42
Nag me
7 11-6 D Pipe Mr J J Codd 142 7/18.00
3 765112 Light Blue, large Dark Blue spots, Dark Blue cap Drawn N Drank (IRE) 55
Nag me
7 11-6 E Bolger Mr J T McNamara 121 28/129.00
4 222111 Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves Emperor's Choice (IRE) 14
Nag me
6 11-6 Miss V Williams Mr W Biddick 134 11/112.00
5 1-20121 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Godsmejudge (IRE) 32
Nag me
7 11-6 A King Nico de Boinville 139 7/18.00
6 125-212 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hawkes Point 31
Nag me
8 11-6 P F Nicholls Mr S Clements 139 20/121.00
7 U2723-3 Maroon, black stripe, black sleeves, maroon armlets Heathyards Flyer 315
Nag me
10 11-6 N Lampard Mr Joshua Newman 99 100/1101.00
8 4-13135 WHITE, DARK BLUE sash, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Highland Lodge (IRE) 31
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-6 Miss E C Lavelle Mr B O'Neill 139 16/117.00
9 8P-1435 White, Maroon star, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue and White quartered cap Our Island (IRE) 67
Nag me
8 11-6 v Tim Vaughan Mr B Gibbs 125 50/151.00
10 371283 Dark Green, Red hollow box, armlets and cap Present To You (IRE) 19
Nag me
8 11-6 D G Bridgwater Mr S Drinkwater 116 200/1201.00
11 212-121 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Rival D'estruval (FR) 94
Nag me
8 11-6 Miss P Robson Mr Derek O'Connor 143 8/19.00
12 138-114 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 84
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8 11-6 t D O'Meara Mr T Greenall 136 12/113.00
13 1412-21 GOLD, RED sash, sleeves and cap with GOLD hoop Sacred Mountain 27
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12 11-6 J Walton Miss C Walton 109 200/1201.00
14 31300/4 Purple, White stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Scampi Boy (IRE) 17
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9 11-6 P R Webber Jack Sherwood 110 150/1151.00
15 121412 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Tofino Bay (IRE) 22
Nag meBeaten Favourite
10 11-6 p D T Hughes Ms N Carberry 149 8/19.00
16 3P-13P3 Maroon, Grey diamond Top Smart 15
Nag me
7 11-6 J W Mullins M P Fogarty 123 66/167.00

Verdict

Back In Focus must go on the short-list for the longest race at The Festival as he won a Grade 1 over 3m at Leopardstown in December when Tofino Bay was a well-beaten fourth. Buddy Bolero has done nothing wrong so far but, like the in-form Emperors Choice, has more on his plate than when winning a handicap last time. Paul Nicholls' runners don't have a great record in this but Hawkes Point has some decent form to his name while stamina won't be an issue for Godsmejudge. Alan King's gelding was only caught close home by Rigadin De Beauchene in the Betfair Classic over 3m5f at Warwick in January and then outstayed Keppols Hill over 3m2f at that track last month. He may be the danger to RIVAL D'ESTRUVAL. The pedigree of the French-bred suggests he'll relish a thorough test of stamina and his jumping has improved with experience. Pauline Robson has booked leading Irish amateur Derek O'Connor, who rode Chicago Grey to victory in the race two years ago, for the ride and that is hugely significant. Highland Lodge looks best of the rest but his stable has been out of form for a while.