Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f

  • Winner £156,612 2nd £58,768 3rd £29,425 4th £14,658
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 9.40s
  • Off time: 14:40:29
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dynaste (FR) 3/1
2nd Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 10/1
3rd Rajdhani Express 18/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 43/1-132 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 33
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 165 5/16.00
2 411P-41 Emerald Green and Red stripes, Red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 76
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 h A J Martin D N Russell 157 9/25.50
3 11FF-16 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 154 8/19.00
5 1121-25 Maroon and Yellow diamonds, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Dynaste (FR) 77
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 D Pipe T Scudamore 169 3/14.00
6 F-21322 Emerald green and mauve (halved), sleeves reversed, emerald green and mauve quartered cap Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 54
Nag me
9 11-10 p J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 156 10/111.00
7 3-68693 Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Hunt Ball (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 155 14/115.00
8 7P-5535 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls S Twiston-Davies 150 50/151.00
9 32234/4 Orange, Black star, Black and Orange striped sleeves Medermit (FR) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-10 A King R Thornton 154 20/121.00
10 13P22-P Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 77
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 p1 P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 15/28.50
11 F1711-5 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Rajdhani Express 117
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 155 18/119.00
12 2-11153 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Rathlin 39
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 t M F Morris D J Casey 158 20/121.00
Non runners
410-912FCantlow (IRE)911-10P R WebberNon Runner151

Verdict

Benefficient beat Dynaste fair and square in a Grade 2 novices' contest over track and trip at last year's Festival and came right back to form in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas when beating Hidden Cyclone. He's a tough campaigner and Tony Martin will have him ready for this. Dynaste was very disappointing in the King George last time and finished a long way behind AL FEROF. The latter clearly didn't get home over 3m at Newbury next time so it's no surprise to see him dropped in distance here and, as a former Festival winner, he gets the nod to come out on top today. Rathlin beat Hidden Cyclone at Galway last summer but was beaten out of sight last time but a fully-fit Menorah would be a threat to all and he makes more appeal than Boston Bob, Hunt Ball and Rajdhani Express, who simply don't look good enough.