Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 31.10s
  • Off time: 14:06:49
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 12116-1 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Taquin Du Seuil (FR) 17
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 3/14.00
2 42122F MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 27
Nag me
7 11-7 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 132 33/134.00
3 1/112P4- Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Oscar Whisky (IRE) 225
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 4/61.67
4 11488-2 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap The Romford Pele (IRE) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-2 Miss R Curtis N Fehily 134 9/25.50

Verdict

This looks a fascinating clash between Taquin Du Seuil and OSCAR WHISKY. We're coming down on the side of Nicky Henderson's classy eight-year-old who could be a little clumsy over hurdles but is likely to show these fences more respect. He may not have the scope of Jonjo O'Neill's easy Ffos Las winner, who was also a smart hurdler, but the fact that he gets 5lb today is very much in his favour, as is the good ground. The Romford Pele made the well-regarded Balder Success pull out all the stops at Chepstow and is clearly no slouch. He should be winning soon but The Cockney Mackem is often a law unto himself and has almost refused to race on a couple of occasions. He won't be able to give any of his rivals a start here.