Cheltenham

  • 14:45 Betster Handicap Chase3m 1f 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 30.20s
  • Off time: 14:46:15
14:45 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Boychuk (IRE) 17/2
2nd Obaki de Grissay (FR) 8/1
3rd Le Duc (FR) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0/22P-18 Maroon and grey stripes, grey sleeves, maroon armlets Tana River (IRE) 130
Nag me
13 11-12 Miss E C Lavelle Jack Doyle (3) 137 33/134.00
2 11-F8B2 Mauve, Dark Blue diamond, Maroon and Mauve striped sleeves, Dark Blue and Mauve quartered cap Trigger The Light 39
Nag me
8 11-6 A King R Thornton 131 15/28.50
3 514326 Purple, White diamond, sleeves and diamond on cap Gidam Gidam (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-5 pt J Mackie P Kinsella 130 17/29.50
4 111P8P DARK BLUE, FLAME sleeves, striped cap He's The Gaffer (IRE) 36
Nag me
9 11-5 R H Buckler Harry Skelton (5) 130 40/141.00
5 111-20P Maroon, Mauve striped sleeves Island Flyer (IRE) 11
Nag me
7 11-5 T R George P J Brennan 130 10/111.00
6 654-455 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Boychuk (IRE) 186
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-3 b P J Hobbs R Johnson 128 17/29.50
7 P-85516 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow sleeves, Emerald Green armlets, Emerald Green and Yellow hooped cap Bob Bob Bobbin 12
Nag me
10 11-3 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 128 18/119.00
8 2426UP Royal Blue, Red Cross of Lorraine, Red and Royal Blue check sleeves, Red cap Alexanderthegreat (IRE) 11
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-2 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 127 12/113.00
9 101-295 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Le Duc (FR) 13
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-11 P F Nicholls R Walsh 122 7/24.50
10 F5-6441 White, Dark Blue braces Never So Blue (FR) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-10 Miss V Williams S Thomas 121 12/113.00
11 323472 GOLD, BLACK sleeves, BLACK and RED check cap Gaora Lane (IRE) 38
Nag meBeaten Favourite
8 10-10 C J Mann N D Fehily 121 6/17.00
13 2315-25 EMERALD GREEN and WHITE (halved), hooped sleeves and cap Obaki de Grissay (FR) 54
Nag me
7 10-9 H D Daly A Tinkler 120 8/19.00
Non runners
123/11-14RSeymar Lad (IRE)910-10Miss E C LavelleJack Doyle121

Verdict

HE'S THE GAFFER is selected here ahead of Boychuk and previous winners Le Duc and Alexanderthegreat. Bob Buckler had a high-profile success on Monday with Niche Market winning the Irish National, but He's The Gaffer's most recent runs have not been so impressive. The nine-year-old was pulled up in the Cross Country race here in March and he needs to bounce back to form. This quicker ground will help, so whilst he looks high enough in the weights we are expecting a better run. Island Flyer probably needs less of a test of stamina, whilst Never So Blue and Alexanderthegreat give Venetia Williams a strong hand as she chases more Cheltenham glory. Boychuk has won here before but his best runs have arguably come over a slightly shorter trip; he was third in this race in 2007 but there were only 5 runners and he was a disappointing odds-on favourite. Seymar Lad looks the pick of Emma Lavelle's duo, whilst Le Duc ran well in the Foxhunters' and seems to thrive at this time of year. Trigger The Light must be high on any shortlist for local trainer Alan King after a good effort in defeat last time out. A tricky puzzle to solve but we will take a chance on He's The Gaffer.