Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m 110y

  • Winner £210,937 2nd £79,143 3rd £39,627 4th £19,758
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places , Cross Country G/F,Good in places )
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 53.60s
  • Off time: 15:20:51
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hurricane Fly (IRE) 11/4
2nd Peddlers Cross (IRE) 9/2
3rd Oscar Whisky (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P46U02 Dark Blue, Red stripe, halved sleeves, Red cap Bygones of Brid (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 Karen Mclintock Timmy Murphy 138 200/1201.00
2 1-11144 Green, yellow cross belts, collar and cuffs, hooped cap Clerk's Choice (IRE) 94
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-10 M Banks T Molloy 155 50/151.00
3 11136-1 White, Black diamond and sleeves, check cap Dunguib (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 P Fenton B T O'Connell 165 10/111.00
4 131-111 Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond and diamonds on cap Hurricane Fly (IRE) 51
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 167 11/43.75
5 51121-4 Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Khyber Kim 59
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 164 12/113.00
6 1212-11 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Menorah (IRE) 94
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-10 P J Hobbs R Johnson 164 3/14.00
7 11-5211 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Mille Chief (FR) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 A King R Thornton 158 16/117.00
8 1114-11 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 38
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 165 7/18.00
9 11-2125 Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, pink cap Overturn (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 D McCain Jnr G Lee 162 40/141.00
10 1111-11 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Peddlers Cross (IRE) 26
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-10 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 162 9/25.50
11 013-743 RED, royal blue sleeves, red cap, royal blue star Thousand Stars (FR) 51
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 160 33/134.00

Verdict

Defending champion Binocular's defection has taken a little gloss off this contest but some very smart hurdlers will still battle to succeed Nicky Henderson's gelding. The form of Philip Hobbs' stable is a little disconcerting but there is no getting away from the claims of Menorah, who had both Dunguib and Oscar Whisky behind when winning the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on this card 12 months ago. His Cheltenham record is second to none and he certainly won't go down without a fight but there is a lot of confidence behind PEDDLERS CROSS and Donald McCain's six-year-old is fancied to extend his unbeaten record and land his biggest prize to date. He was clearly in need of the run when beating Bygones Of Brid in the Morebattle at Kelso last month but his earlier defeat of Binocular in the Fighting Fifth at Newbury is top-class form and he relished the Festival experience when winning over further here last year. Hurricane Fly is undoubtedly useful but it's fairly easy to pick holes in this season's form on much softer ground while last year's runner-up Khyber Kim may be getting a bit long in the tooth now. Mille Chief held on well to land the Kingwell at Wincanton last month but appears to find little off the bridle and the Cheltenham hill is not a place for the faint-hearted.