Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 13:30 JLT Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 56.50s
  • Off time: 13:30:06
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 7/1
2nd Uxizandre (FR) 33/1
3rd Double Ross (IRE) 11/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 159049 Black, pink stripe, pink cap Captain Ocana (IRE) 25
Nag me
9 11-4 P Henderson T J O'Brien 114 200/1201.00
2 132112 Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 47
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 152 11/112.00
3 5/11122 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Felix Yonger (IRE) 46
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 W P Mullins R Walsh 154 7/24.50
4 3/11-131 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Mozoltov 18
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 W P Mullins D N Russell 150 11/112.00
5 46P-311 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, White cap, Dark Blue diamonds Off The Ground (IRE) 89
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 Miss E C Lavelle Aidan Coleman 147 25/126.00
6 P4-2111 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 40
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-4 t1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 156 9/25.50
7 2125-12 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Gold (IRE) 54
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 140 12/113.00
8 6-11321 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 54
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 147 7/18.00
9 315-115 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Uxizandre (FR) 20
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-4 p A King R Thornton 148 33/134.00
10 18-1112 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Wonderful Charm (FR) 90
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 158 5/16.00
11 1124-11 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Djakadam (FR) 47
Nag me
5 11-3 W P Mullins P Townend 142 14/115.00
12 F1-1121 Maroon and White (quartered), checked sleeves and cap Vukovar (FR) 75
Nag me
5 11-3 t H Fry N Fehily 152 11/112.00

Verdict

Irish runners have won all three previous renewals and hold a strong hand again. Willie Mullins saddles three with Ruby Walsh partnering Felix Yonger, who should appreciate the longer trip after failing to match the pace of Arkle Trophy third Trifolium at Leopardstown in January. Mozoltov overcame jumping errors to easily win a Grade 2 at Naas last month but will need to jump better here. Djakadam also won a Grade 2 last time but there might be a doubt about him handling this quicker surface. Oscar Whisky was a classy hurdler and beat Taquin Du Seuil over a slightly longer trip here in January but the result may have been different had the runner-up not pecked on landing after jumping the last. Wonderful Charm's connections will also fancy their charge's chances of reversing recent course form with the Henderson runner on much better terms. Double Ross has won a couple of big handicaps here this season and was placed over hurdles at The Festival last year but we might take a chance on the five-year-old VUKOVAR. Harry Fry's French import was very impressive when stepped up in distance at Newbury last time and has plenty of scope for further improvement.