Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 19.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:25
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cue Card 7/2
2nd First Lieutenant (IRE) 2/1
3rd For Non Stop (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P12/123- EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Albertas Run (IRE) 335
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
12 11-10 p Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 168 14/115.00
2 122-242 Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 34
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 M Keighley J M Maguire 155 7/18.00
3 212-151 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 26
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-10 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 165 7/24.50
4 23-4232 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap First Lieutenant (IRE) 76
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 p M F Morris B J Cooper 168 2/13.00
5 213-125 Red, pink hoop and armlets For Non Stop (IRE) 77
Nag meBeaten Favourite
8 11-10 Nick Williams N Fehily 160 12/113.00
6 68-1333 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Ghizao (GER) 26
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 155 25/126.00
7 314-313 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 33
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 P J Hobbs R Johnson 163 8/19.00
8 21/11P-6 Red and White diamonds, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Riverside Theatre 78
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 169 7/18.00

Verdict

This looks a cracking contest with Albertas Run making another attempt to win it for the third time having gone down by half-a-length to Riverside Theatre last year. Jonjo O'Neill's veteran can run well fresh but he would have preferred a faster surface and may find a few of his younger rivals have improved past him while last year's victor has only had one run this term, in the King George, and was well beaten. Menorah appears to have the beating of Ghizao and For Non Stop on his win in the Peterborough Chase at Kempton but his jumping can be suspect when put under pressure and these fences can be very unforgiving. Champion Court was second in the Jewson over course and distance at last year's Festival and ran a cracker in the King George when finishing ahead of CUE CARD and Riverside Theatre. But he then disappointed in his prep race back at Kempton and we expect Colin Tizzard's stable star to reverse placings over this shorter trip. Second in last year's Arkle, the seven-year-old jumped superbly out in front when proving his stamina in last month's Ascot Chase , though he was facing a battle until Captain Chris tried to take the second-last by its roots. First Lieutenant is another former Festival winner and never seems to run a bad race having finished third in the Hennessy in November and second in the Lexus in December. On that form, he'll be a danger to all but does struggle to get his head in front at the highest level.