Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:05 StanJames.com International Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner £74,035 2nd £27,781 3rd £13,910 4th £6,929
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 29.40s
  • Off time: 15:09:11
15:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zarkandar (IRE) 6/5
2nd Grandouet (FR) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3B/1F11- Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Grandouet (FR) 371
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-8 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 166 5/23.50
2 23/1213- Dark Green, White cross belts, Light Green sleeves, Dark Green and White hooped cap Rock On Ruby (IRE) 245
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-8 t H Fry N Fehily 170 5/23.50
3 11/15F-1 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Zarkandar (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 168 6/52.20
4 081-R30 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Mad Moose (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-0 b N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 139 66/167.00
5 U2776-P Light Blue, Orange epaulets, white cap Minella Theatre (IRE) 7
Nag me
9 11-0 t Mrs L Hill A Thornton 111 150/1151.00
6 572393 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots One Cool Shabra (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 p P O Brady R P Treacy 129 33/134.00
7 674225 BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Red Riverman 49
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-0 N A Twiston-Davies D Crosse 120 100/1101.00

Verdict

ZARKANDAR was beaten almost seven lengths behind Rock On Ruby in last season's Champion Hurdle but made an impressive return to action when conceding weight all round in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton. Still only a five-year-old, he may well have improved over the summer and can take his revenge on Harry Fry's stable star, who is conceding 4lb here and hasn't run since April being a late withdrawal from the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on account of the heavy ground. He will be a force to be reckoned with again this term but may just need this. Grandouet also returns from a break and wasn't quite the equal of the selection as a four-year-old. However, he beat Overturn in this 12 months ago and that is smart form. The others have a mountain to climb at the weights against the big three in this.