Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Byrne Group Plate 2m 5f

  • Winner £51,255 2nd £19,233 3rd £9,630 4th £4,797
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places; Cross Country: Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 21.40s
  • Off time: 16:01:45
16:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Carrickboy (IRE) 50/1
2nd Vino Griego (FR) 11/1
3rd Tartak (FR) 20/1
4th Hunt Ball (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 113-P23 Red, Yellow hoops, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap Hunt Ball (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 K Burke Nick Scholfield 157 8/19.00
2 U26-4P8 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Poquelin (FR) 47
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (5) 155 22/123.00
3 110-P48 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Calgary Bay (IRE) 12
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-8 M R Channon A Thornton 153 66/167.00
4 10-5119 RED, BLACK star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap, BLACK star Bless The Wings (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-4 A King Wayne Hutchinson 149 33/134.00
5 45P-22P Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Walkon (FR) 47
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-3 p1 A King P J Brennan 148 14/115.00
6 17-13PF ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Theatre Guide (IRE) 19
Nag me
6 11-2 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 147 20/121.00
7 3F1251 RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Shoegazer (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-1 t D Pipe N D Fehily 146 25/126.00
8 2144U7- ORANGE, BLACK epaulets Zaynar (FR) 364
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-1 p D Pipe J M Maguire 146 33/134.00
9 42F211 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 26
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-0 v G L Moore J E Moore 145 11/112.00
10 01-P407 WHITE, RED braces, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star Hector's Choice (FR) 19
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-13 R Lee D F O'Regan 144 33/134.00
11 661-9P1 BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Ballynagour (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 143 7/24.50
12 1-R3042 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Mad Moose (IRE) 47
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-12 b N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 143 25/126.00
14 913440 Maroon, white cross of lorraine, white and maroon chevrons on sleeves, white cap Sweet My Lord (FR) 47
Nag me
7 10-9 W P Mullins R Walsh 140 16/117.00
15 2100-85 LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Giorgio Quercus (FR) 104
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-9 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 140 40/141.00
17 P-4F311 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Kapga De Cerisy (FR) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-8 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 140 12/113.00
18 P-4P61P EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Carrickboy (IRE) 42
Nag me
9 10-5 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 136 50/151.00
19 36-1204 Orange and black (quartered), halved sleeves Casey Top (IRE) 117
Nag me
10 10-5 t L Whitmore M A Enright (3) 136 25/126.00
20 13116F Royal blue, light blue stars on sleeves Mister Hyde (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-4 v Jonjo O'Neill D C Costello 135 66/167.00
21 030U-86 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE star Matuhi 104
Nag meDistance Winner
10 10-4 t D Pipe Brendan Powell (3) 135 40/141.00
22 047-063 Light blue, brown stripe and armlets Divers (FR) 39
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-4 Ferdy Murphy J Reveley 135 12/113.00
23 3633P3 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 44
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
12 10-4 t Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 135 50/151.00
24 0-64474 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 12
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-3 t Tim Vaughan R Johnson 134 20/121.00
Non runners
133-52211Cantlow (IRE)810-12P R WebberA P McCoy143
161-12233Domtaline (FR)610-8P F NichollsD A Jacob139

Verdict

Divers, Tartak, Finger Onthe Pulse, Matuhi, Giorgio Quercus and Hector's Choice all ran in this last year and race off lower marks this time around. Ferdy Murphy's grey came out best and has a good record at The Festival but Tartak is best in at the weights today, though has been largely out of sorts this term. Hunt Ball won the novices' handicap over course and distance 12 months ago when Carrickboy, Vino Griego and Bless The Wings were behind and he's been highly tried since. Vino Griego has come of age lately, winning here and at Ascot, while Shoegazer won at Fontwell last month though was beaten by Carrickboy at Chepstow in January and Tom Scudamore prefers easy Warwick winner Ballynagour to the eight-year-old, Matuhi and the once-useful Zaynar of the Pipe quartet. CANTLOW was beaten in his first two starts over fences but those races were over 2m and he was always going to improve once given a stiffer test of stamina. Wins at Plumpton and Taunton were achieved with the minimum of fuss and ensured the handicapper couldn't be too harsh on Paul Webber's novice now he's stepped up in grade and distance. He looks the one to be on in this. Walkon has twice been second in valuable handicaps over track and trip this season and his run over hurdles last time can probably be ignored. It would be no surprise to see him run a big race.