Cheltenham

  • 15:15 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 7f

  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 8m 16.70s
  • Off time: 15:15:28
15:15 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Balthazar King (IRE) 5/4
2nd Uncle Junior (IRE) 8/1
3rd Any Currency (IRE) 28/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 120P-11 Red, Royal Blue stars, hooped sleeves and star on cap Balthazar King (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson 150 5/42.25
2 U631PP- MAROON, yellow star, hooped sleeves, yellow cap Chicago Grey (IRE) 205
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-8 t G Elliott D N Russell 149 15/28.50
3 11293-9 PINK and BLACK stripes, diabolo on sleeves Sire Collonges (FR) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-8 P F Nicholls R Mahon 140 9/110.00
4 U04PFP- Purple, Yellow chevron and cap Uncle Junior (IRE) 202
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
12 11-8 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 149 8/19.00
5 U490-P5 Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 19
Nag me
10 11-5 M Keighley Ian Popham 127 28/129.00
6 3-72119 Red, dark green sleeves, white armlets, white cap, red spots Gullible Gordon (IRE) 84
Nag me
10 11-5 pt P Bowen Donal Devereux 135 33/134.00
7 351-1P5 Orange, white epaulets, sleeves and stars on cap Theroadtocroker (IRE) 19
Nag me
9 11-5 t D P Murphy Mr P Gahan 101 100/1101.00
8 312-70U White, Royal Blue hoops, White and Yellow hooped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Zest For Life (IRE) 33
Nag me
9 11-5 E Bolger Ms N Carberry 133 20/121.00
9 3P25P-0 Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Viking Blond (FR) 28
Nag me
8 11-2 v N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 130 20/121.00
10 PP/PF-43 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 158
Nag meCourse Winner
10 10-10 Nick Williams J Reveley 137 11/26.50
11 6850F-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 19
Nag me
9 10-10 E Bolger R P McLernon 133 12/113.00

Verdict

BALTHAZAR KING won a competitive handicap, for the second year running, over the regulation fences here last month and is favoured by the weights in this. The cross-country obstacles will hold no fears for Philip Hobbs' charge as he won the big race on the inside course at The Festival in 2012 and also landed a big race over unconventional fences in France in September. Uncle Junior has won this for the last two years but appeared to lose plot in the second half of last season. Chicago Grey won a Grade 2 at Navan in February and is a classy stayer on his day but how he'll take to these fences is anybody's guess. Gullible Gordon and Diamond Harry are also best watched while Sire Collonges and Any Currency probably have a bit to find at the weights. Enda Bolger used to farm these events but Zest For Life and Quiscover Fontaine look up against it on today's terms.