Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:40 RSA Chase 3m 110y

  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 25.80s
  • Off time: 14:40:06
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lord Windermere (IRE) 8/1
2nd Lyreen Legend (IRE) 10/1
3rd Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1112-11 Beige and Black (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 W P Mullins P Townend 147 5/16.00
2 211-11 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Goulanes (IRE) 39
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-4 D Pipe T Scudamore 136 8/19.00
3 1F-1F22 Grey, White epaulets Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 147 7/18.00
4 114232 Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 25
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 148 8/19.00
5 8-22123 PURPLE, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Lord Windermere (IRE) 32
Nag me
7 11-4 J H Culloty D N Russell 145 8/19.00
6 33-12F4 EMERALD GREEN, red sleeves, check cap Lyreen Legend (IRE) 32
Nag me
6 11-4 D T Hughes B J Cooper 145 10/111.00
7 114-11P Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Real Milan (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 140 20/121.00
8 34-1211 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Terminal (FR) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 W P Mullins D J Casey 151 14/115.00
9 32P2P1 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Theatrical Star 31
Nag me
7 11-4 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 135 40/141.00
10 3P-2212 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Vintage Star (IRE) 37
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-4 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 137 50/151.00
11 5-11311 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Unioniste (FR) 32
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-2 P F Nicholls R Walsh 153 5/23.50

Verdict

Shocks in this aren't uncommon and the race often turns into a slog. With soft ground forecast, it could pay to look for something that will stay on when others have cried enough. Paul Nicholls saddled the five-year-old Star De Mohaison to score in 2006 and relies on Unioniste from that age group this time around. He handled the step up to 3m when short-heading Hadrian's Approach at Newbury last month but this is a much stiffer course and his stamina will be thoroughly tested. Experience can be a big factor and it's a little worrying that both Boston Bob and Goulanes have only run twice over fences so far, though the pair are unbeaten and open to further improvement. Goulanes was receiving 7lb when beating Super Duty narrowly at Wetherby however. LORD WINDERMERE and Lyreen Legend were hot on the heels of Boston Bob in a Grade 1 over 2m5f at Leopardstown last month. Jim Culloty's gelding should relish this first try over 3m as he's been staying on well in his races and, at the forecast odds, he may be the value if his jumping holds up as the others appear to have plenty to find on the form book.