Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Cheltenham Business Club Standard Open Nh Flat Race 2m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 10.90s
  • Off time: 16:04:07
16:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Shinrock Paddy (IRE) 15/2
2nd Express Leader 5/2
3rd Madame Mado (FR) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 21-1 Black and Pink (quartered), Grey sleeves Express Leader 8
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 P F Nicholls S Thomas 5/23.50
2 13 Maroon, pink stars Last One Standing 25
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-4 Miss S West J Goldstein 33/134.00
3 11 RED, WHITE chevron and armlets, striped cap McMurrough (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-4 J M Jefferson G Lee 11/112.00
4 4-16 Tan, Black and Green hooped sleeves, Red cap Pontop (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-4 G A Charlton J Faltejsek 50/151.00
5 1-1 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Shinrock Paddy (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-4 P Nolan Mr Barry Connell (5) 15/28.50
6 3/14- Maroon, Black armlets, Black cap The Big Orse 296
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-4 P Phelan C Bolger 10/111.00
8 4-2 Black, White Cross of Lorraine and sleeves, White cap, Black tassel Iveagh House (IRE) 189
Nag me
4 11-0 J McConnell Timmy Murphy 20/121.00
10 2- Yellow, Purple stripe, Purple and Yellow hooped sleeves, striped cap Rock Salmon 323
Nag me
5 11-0 A M Hales Christian Williams 40/141.00
11 2 Black, Red spots, armlets and cap Song Sung Blue (IRE) 36
Nag me
5 11-0 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 8/19.00
12 1 Dark Green, Pink Cross of Lorraine, sleeves and cap Dizzy Whizz 27
Nag me
4 10-11 M McGrath N Fehily 40/141.00
13 1- Grey, White epaulets Lindeman (IRE) 213
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 10-11 N J Henderson A P McCoy 4/15.00
14 51 Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap Madame Mado (FR) 13
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-11 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 4/15.00
Non runners
73Gus Macrae (IRE)411-0A MullinsJ A Heffernan
9Quell The Storm (FR)411-0P F NichollsS Thomas

Verdict

EXPRESS LEADER created a sizeable impression at Wincanton and can add his name to a roll of honour that includes Best Mate, Cork All Star, Rhinestone Cowboy and Back In Front to name but four of the last ten winners; win, lose or draw make a note of the winner's name. Gus Macrae could emerge as one of the biggest dangers with McMurrough also well worth a place on the short-list. The selection made his debut just over a week ago in a bumper where one of Nicky Henderson's was sent off a well backed favourite. Regardless of whether the jolly ran to form or not it's doubtful that he'd have been able to hold a candle to the winner who did it as he liked. We'll find out what that form is worth this afternoon. Gus Macrae carried a big reputation to the track with him but was weak in the on-course market and only stayed on at the one pace to finish third. He gave the impression that he was one to keep on the ride side of and should be helped by Seamie Heffernan taking over from an amateur in the saddle. There are a number of talented runners amongst the opposition but Malcolm Jefferson knows what's required to win a bumper here and it's interesting that he travels south with McMurrough. He was still a touch green when winning last time and is a promising individual who should give a good account but we'll take Express Leader to lead them home.