Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 13:15 Roy Blandford 65 Years At Cheltenham Novices' Chase3m 110y

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 17.10s
  • Off time: 13:15:42
13:15 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Le Bec (FR) 3/1
2nd Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 23-2711 DARK BLUE, pink cross of lorraine, pink cap White Star Line (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-7 D T Hughes B J Cooper 143 8/19.00
2 3/1264-1 Red and White check, White cap Le Bec (FR) 41
Nag me
5 11-4 Miss E C Lavelle N Fehily 142 3/14.00
3 31114-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 9/43.25
4 111125- Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap African Gold (IRE) 224
Nag me
5 10-13 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 9/43.25
5 13113-2 Red, yellow seams, chevrons on sleeves, check cap Bob Ford (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-13 Miss R Curtis T Scudamore 128 25/126.00
6 FF/5103- White, dark blue cross belts, red and white check sleeves, red cap Sam Winner (FR) 212
Nag meCourse Winner
6 10-13 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 10/111.00

Verdict

It took White Star Line two years to record a first victory over fences and it will be a surprise if he's good enough to concede weight to some potentially smart novices here. Le Bec was impressive when beating Bear's Affair at Uttoxeter but the runner-up has been beaten again since. Shutthefrontdoor must go on the short-list having made a winning start over the larger obstacles at Aintree, while Bob Ford was second to the useful Taquin Du Seuil at Ffos Las. AFRICAN GOLD went from strength-to-strength over hurdles last season, finishing second in the Albert Bartlett here at The Festival. He could be even better over fences and the fact that the five-year-old makes his debut at an elevated level suggests he's held in high regard and he can take this. Sam Winner was also useful over hurdles and should win races this term.