Cheltenham

  • 15:55 Sportingbet.com Handicap Chase3m 110y

  • Winner £14,090 2nd £4,162 3rd £2,081 4th £1,042
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 7.40s
  • Off time: 15:55:26
15:55 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Midnight Chase 6/1
2nd Lacdoudal (FR) 8/1
3rd Ouzbeck (FR) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P/771-71 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, White cap, Dark Blue diamonds Ouzbeck (FR) 110
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-12 Miss E C Lavelle Jack Doyle 149 12/113.00
2 4/P0164- Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Calgary Bay (IRE) 190
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-12 Miss H C Knight Hadden Frost 149 6/17.00
3 2311-41 BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves Midnight Chase 143
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-0 N P Mulholland D C Costello 137 6/17.00
4 60/044-5 Yellow, Grey sleeves Lead On (IRE) 167
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-0 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 137 16/117.00
5 347033- LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves and cap Lacdoudal (FR) 174
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
11 10-13 P J Hobbs R Johnson 136 8/19.00
6 53428F- Light Blue, Purple sash, Light Blue sleeves, Purple stars, Light Blue cap, Purple star Double Dizzy 193
Nag me
9 10-8 R H Buckler Nathan Sweeney (7) 131 14/115.00
7 3301-53 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Diablo (IRE) 51
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 10-7 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 130 14/115.00
8 6/1P2-53 Royal Blue, Orange braces and sleeves, quartered cap Qulinton (FR) 20
Nag me
6 10-5 p D Pipe T Scudamore 128 5/16.00
9 142P1P- Dark Green, Yellow cross belts, diabolo on sleeves Meanus Dandy (IRE) 181
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-5 P F Nicholls R Walsh 128 11/43.75
10 3PP-1P4 Light Blue, Red sleeves, Light Blue armlets, White cap Victor Daly (IRE) 59
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 10-2 M Keighley Wayne Hutchinson 125 14/115.00

Verdict

MIDNIGHT CHASE is improving and is fancied to run a big race. Neil Mulholland's strapping gelding tends to jump well and he was imperious when springing a small surprise here in April. This ground suits more than when beaten into fourth in a Listed handicap at Uttoxeter and he should run well. Ouzbeck loves this type of ground, and whilst his mark now looks too high he commands respect, along with Calgary Bay who may be worth catching fresh. Lead On is another who has enough weight, whilst stablemate Lacdoudal doesn't have a great record after a break. Diablo's jumping has been a cause for concern, whilst Qulinton's third to Silmi last month looks solid. Meanus Dandy is likely to have some of the top staying handicaps in his sights this year and there is a chance that he might just need this run, although a mark of 128 looks fair.