Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 16:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft (Cross Country; Good)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 21.90s
  • Off time: 16:05:51
16:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Weird Al (IRE) 12/1
2nd Knockara Beau (IRE) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1157-11 White, royal blue hoop, chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-10 G A Charlton J Faltejsek 5/23.50
2 12/010-1 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Ashkazar (FR) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 5/23.50
3 444PP-1 Red, Yellow cross belts, diabolo on sleeves and spots on cap Overclear 20
Nag me
7 11-7 V R A Dartnall Jack Doyle 135 20/121.00
4 110/20P- Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap Aigle D'or 224
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 N J Henderson A P McCoy 145 4/15.00
5 12141-2 Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Little Josh (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 136 4/15.00
7 2/1- Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 359
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-2 Ian Williams N Fehily 12/113.00
Non runners
6362132-Minella Theatre (IRE)611-2Miss H C KnightPaul Moloney

Verdict

Knockara Beau and Ashkazar have both transferred hurdling ability to fences, but each may struggle to concede weight to some interesting chasing debutants. The pick of the bunch is AIGLE D'OR who can get his career back on track. Nicky Henderson's son of Halling made an immediate impression over hurdles in 2008 with wins at Lingfield and also here at Prestbury Park. He was made the favourite for the Ballymore Novices' race at the festival but flopped badly and hasn't won since. He was put away after being pulled up at Aintree in April and his trainer was never able to get to the bottom of any problems that may have been bothering him. He is reported to have schooled well however and first-time up may be the best time to catch him. Ashkazar was the best of these over hurdles and was impressive at Stratford on debut. He jumped well but only beat trees and this is a much tougher examination this afternoon. Knockara Beau has accomplished more in two chase wins in the north but this strong stayer has a lot of weight to shoulder, so a bigger player may be Little Josh who has the scope to make up into a decent novice chaser. He was held behind a smart sort in Door Boy last month but his trainer loves to win here and better is expected. Minella Theatre is a strong stayer and the worry is that unless his jumping is superb, that he might find himself with too much ground to make up, whilst Weird Al had a few niggling problems after his hurdles win at Warwick a year ago. His trainer thinks a lot of him and this son of Accordion comes from a very good staying family. Overclear completes the line-up and is one of the more exposed runners in the race. He didn't beat much last time out at Stratford and will face different conditions today however he may have just improved for another year on his back. A fascinating clash, where Aigle D'Or can resume winning ways.