Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:00 StanJames.com International Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner £74,035 2nd £27,781 3rd £13,910 4th £6,929
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 6.70s
  • Off time: 15:01:59
15:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The New One (IRE) 2/5
2nd Zarkandar (IRE) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11212-1 Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star The New One (IRE) 55
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-8 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 167 2/51.40
2 11141-2 Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-8 b P F Nicholls D A Jacob 167 5/23.50
3 P4-F111 Red, grey seams, checked sleeves, red cap Albert Hall (USA) 10
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 ht A Chaille-Chaille M Carroux 133 40/141.00
4 3411-87 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Court Minstrel (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-4 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 149 16/117.00
5 62881S Green, orange sash, hooped sleeves, striped cap Hawkhill (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 vt Tim Vaughan R Johnson 132 100/1101.00
6 2/6-2110 Maroon, yellow hooped sleeves, yellow cap Seabreeze D'ho (FR) 27
Nag me
7 11-4 t1 C Le Galliard D Cottin 140 40/141.00
7 116-061 Yellow, black hoops, striped sleeves, red cap Jumps Road 9
Nag me
6 11-0 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 131 100/1101.00

Verdict

Zarkandar won this last year but was receiving weight from his two market rivals. The boot is on the other foot this year, though he did beat THE NEW ONE over 2m4f in the Aintree Hurdle in April and ran well at the weights when second to Annie Power on his reappearance. Nigel Twiston-Davies believes his charge has grown and improved over the summer, however, and he certainly have that impression when readily bounding clear of former champion Rock On Ruby at Kempton in October - he can win again. French raider Albert Hall has been on a remarkable run, winning three times over hurdles and twice on the Flat since the beginning of August. But he was pulled up in a handicap on his only previous start in the UK. Fellow Gallic challenger Seabreeze D'ho also appears to have it all to do while Court Minstrel has been well below par so far this term, though has a much higher rating than both Hawkhill and Jumps Road.