Cheltenham

  • 14:10 Gloucestershire Trainers Championship Novices' Hurdle2m 1f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 59.95s
  • Off time: 14:11:49
14:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Third Intention (IRE) 5/4
2nd Higgy's Ragazzo (FR) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 613343 Black, Crimson hoops, White cap, Black spots Occasionally Yours (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 A Blackmore Jack Quinlan 123 20/121.00
3 05812 Purple, Beige hollow box, Beige sleeves, Purple spots, Purple and Beige hooped cap Smart Catch (IRE) 23
Nag me
5 11-4 A W Carroll Lee Edwards 127 25/126.00
4 261 RED, YELLOW stars and armlets Current Event (FR) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-12 P F Nicholls R Walsh 139 7/42.75
5 11 Red, Black stars, Red sleeves, Black spots and stars on cap Higgy's Ragazzo (FR) 11
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-12 N J Henderson A P McCoy 129 9/25.50
6 1227 Emerald Green, Yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap Third Intention (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-12 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 141 5/42.25
Non runners
16-13150Dona711-8A KingR Thornton130

Verdict

Higgy's Ragazzo has won both starts over timber at Market Rasen but this represents a significant step up in grade and Nicky Henderson's gelding may find fellow four-year-old THIRD INTENTION too hot to handle. The latter's form in some of the season's top juvenile contests, including a staying-on seventh in the Triumph Hurdle here last month, stands up to close scrutiny and he can gain a deserved second success today. Current Event won easily at Newbury after a break and could give the selection most to do as the older horses have a bit to find at the weights.