Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 16:30 Citipost Novices' Handicap Hurdle3m

  • Winner £6,262 2nd £1,850 3rd £925 4th £463
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 56.70s
  • Off time: 16:31:54
16:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Paint The Clouds 3/1
2nd Sail And Return 4/1
3rd Prophete de Guye (FR) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/12-24 Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Vico (IRE) 45
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-12 t1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 120 10/111.00
2 549832 Beige, Grey sleeves and cap Total Submission 25
Nag me
6 11-10 t1 M Keighley W Marston 118 11/112.00
4 3-14721 DARK BLUE, YELLOW cross belts, collar and cuffs, striped cap Paint The Clouds 17
Nag me
6 11-10 W Greatrex A P McCoy 118 3/14.00
5 961P5U Light Blue, Chocolate sash Phare Isle (IRE) 26
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-9 B I Case D A Jacob 117 16/117.00
6 6-52158 Dark Blue and Red (halved), diamonds on sleeves and cap Jay J 41
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7 11-7 A E Price T Molloy (3) 115 50/151.00
7 6-U1445 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW stars, striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW striped cap Educated Evans (IRE) 33
Nag me
6 11-5 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 113 10/111.00
8 5P-F023 Black Divy (FR) 32
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6 11-4 George Baker A Tinkler 112 9/110.00
10 660323 Pink and Brown diamonds, Pink sleeves and cap Life Of A Luso (IRE) 17
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7 11-0 t P Henderson R Johnson 108 14/115.00
12 234132 Black and White check, Grey sleeves, Orange cap Prophete de Guye (FR) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-9 H J Evans Ian Popham (3) 103 16/117.00
13 7435B1 Black, Yellow epaulets, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Rebel Swing 32
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-8 Mrs S J Smith H Oliver 102 20/121.00
14 927401 Yellow, Purple seams, striped cap Madame Jasmine 30
Nag me
6 10-8 Miss S Smith Mr T J Cannon (7) 102 16/117.00
15 9/730 Light Green, Maroon and Dark Green striped sleeves, Red cap Noddies Way 22
Nag me
8 10-6 J F Panvert David England 100 66/167.00
16 13-5444 Black, maroon star, striped sleeves and star on cap Rooftop Rainbow (IRE) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-6 Miss L Blackford A Glassonbury 100 8/19.00
17 276123 White, Emerald Green hoops, White sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Black cap Sail And Return 3
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 10-5 t P W Middleton Kielan Woods (7)(ex1) 99 4/15.00
Non runners
3906211Whispering Jack611-10C J MannJeremiah McGrath118
93363U3Lexicon Lad (IRE)611-4T R GeorgeP J Brennan112
11P61462Monsieur Cadou (FR)610-11T R GeorgeJ M Maguire105

Verdict

Paul Nicholls has won this three times in six years but Vico, who makes his handicap debut after three very expensive failures for punters in novice company, faces a stiff task. Whispering Jack was conceding 8lb to Life Of A Luso when beating him a length at Wincanton and there's nothing between them here but PAINT THE CLOUDS was a decisive winner on fast ground last time and has really found his form. AP McCoy rode him to that victory at Wincanton and has been snapped up to do the steering this time suggesting a quick follow-up is likely. It's difficult to find one without a chance in a wide-open contest and Prophete De Guye is definitely one of those with realistic hopes after reverting to hurdles on a very fair mark at Towcester last month.