Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:30 Paul Stewart Ironspine Charity Challenge Gold Cup 2m 5f

  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 47.10s
  • Off time: 14:33:05
14:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Unioniste (FR) 15/2
2nd Walkon (FR) 7/2
3rd Golden Chieftain (IRE) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 7/11P2-1 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Cristal Bonus (FR) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 157 4/15.00
3 02175-P Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 28
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-3 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 153 16/117.00
4 1345P-2 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Walkon (FR) 28
Nag meCourse Winner
7 10-12 A King R Thornton 148 7/24.50
5 70/715U- BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tatenen (FR) 245
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 10-11 R Rowe A Thornton 147 40/141.00
6 86050-6 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Tartak (FR) 56
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-9 t Tim Vaughan R Johnson 145 20/121.00
7 03/17-13 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 28
Nag meCourse Winner
6 10-9 N J Henderson A P McCoy 145 8/19.00
8 21721-4 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Astracad (FR) 29
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 10-8 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 144 10/111.00
9 11323F- DARK BLUE, YELLOW cross belts, collar and cuffs, striped cap Notus De La Tour (FR) 275
Nag me
6 10-8 D Pipe T Scudamore 144 11/26.50
10 124-5P6 Yellow, Dark Blue triple diamond and armlets Micheal Flips (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-6 Andrew Turnell James Banks (7) 142 33/134.00
11 1PP-343 Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Renard (FR) 14
Nag me
7 10-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 140 20/121.00
12 313-51P Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Golden Chieftain (IRE) 35
Nag me
7 10-2 pt C L Tizzard D Crosse 138 20/121.00
16 P09P0-2 Orange, Blue and Chocolate hoops, Orange cap Hell's Bay (FR) 40
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-0 K Burke G Sheehan (5) 135 50/151.00
17 P12432/ Royal Blue, White stars, Red sleeves Have You Seen Me (IRE) 611
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies Adam Wedge (3) 131 33/134.00
18 165-113 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Unioniste (FR) 29
Nag me
4 10-0 P F Nicholls Harry Derham (5) 137 15/28.50
Non runners
16F25-21Wishfull Thinking911-12P J HobbsR Johnson162
133U047-0Divers (FR)810-2Ferdy MurphyNon Runner138
1483602-3De Boitron (FR)810-1Ferdy Murphy2nd Preference137
15F-211FPKingsmere710-1H D DalyNon Runner137

Verdict

Walkon is bidding to follow in the hoofprints of Quantitiveeasing, who won this last year after finishing second in the Paddy Power. Alan King's grey has gone up in the weights since his run behind Al Ferof but the forecast rain would be very much in his favour and he's a serious contender. It's difficult to see Paddy Power third Nadiya De La Vega turning the form around today. Astracad is also interesting, even though he's done most of his racing over shorter trips. He has won over 2m5f and, though he wouldn't want the ground to turn heavy, will be all the better for his comeback run. Paul Nicholls runs Down Royal Grade 2 winner Cristal Bonus and promising novice Unioniste but the former has never sparkled around here while the latter is 6lb out of the handicap and just as interesting is Wishfull Thinking. A real Cheltenham specialist, he wasn't troubled to land the odds over 2m here last time though could get anchored by his big weight today. We're inclined to take a chance on NOTUS DE LA TOUR, who goes well fresh, wouldn't mind some rain and looks reasonably treated. He was trying to give Walkon 8lb when beaten under nine lengths at Exeter last season yet gets 4lb now.