Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Rsa Chase 3m 110y

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 13.60s
  • Off time: 14:41:02
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Weapon's Amnesty (IRE) 10/1
2nd Burton Port (IRE) 9/1
3rd Long Run (FR) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2-12111 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Burton Port (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-4 N J Henderson A P McCoy 156 9/110.00
2 2/3FF23 Crazy Quilt Chasing Cars (IRE) 32
Nag meBeaten Favourite
8 11-4 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 50/151.00
3 1-75111 Purple and Pink diamonds, Purple cap, Pink diamonds Citizen Vic (IRE) 17
Nag me
7 11-4 W P Mullins R Walsh 12/113.00
4 13-1311 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 32
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-4 Nick Williams Timmy Murphy 156 5/16.00
6 121222 White, royal blue hoop, chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 25
Nag me
7 11-4 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 145 16/117.00
7 1-2F1F1 Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Little Josh (IRE) 25
Nag me
8 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 140 28/129.00
8 1122-11 Dark blue, emerald green hoop, quartered cap Punchestowns (FR) 39
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 161 2/13.00
9 5-3F122 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Weapon's Amnesty (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 C Byrnes D N Russell 10/111.00
10 121111 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-3 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 161 11/43.75
Non runners
58F/2-252Flight Leader (IRE)1011-4C L TizzardJ Tizzard130

Verdict

This is a fascinating and potentially top class renewal of the RSA Chase and the prize should be heading to Seven Barrows and Nicky Henderson, with PUNCHESTOWNS the call to beat stablemates Long Run and Burton Port. Our selection suffered a scare last week when connnections briefly considered his participation to be in doubt, but reports since have been positive and we can rely on Nicky Henderson having him here fit and ready; with two other runners, he'd have surely taken Punchestowns out were he not fit. With that in mind, he's become a very reasonable price having spent much of the winter as favourite for the race and he's impressed since taking to the larger obstacles. On hurdles form, he still has the potential to be a serious tool as in that sphere only Big Buck's was too good, so despite last week's setback he's the one they have to beat. Long Run is going to be a tough nut to crack and should give his rider Sam Waley-Cohen a cracking run. He arrived from France with a tall reputation and justified it with a facile win in the Feltham at Kempton. He was then stepped down in trip at Warwick and showed he's got speed as well as stamina in scoring, so this likely favourite must be rated the biggest threat to our pick. Burton Port may represent value to make it a perfect result for Nicky Henderson. He's not achieved quite the same level of form as his stable companions but this big stamp of a horse has done all that's been asked of him and should give his running over a trip that suits. He's officially rated the same as Diamond Harry, although Nick Williams' charge could yet improve beyond his rating of 156 if brushing up on his jumping. He's not looked a natural over fences so far though and there will be no hiding place here; he's priced more on his achievements over the smaller obstacles. Weapon's Amnesty won here last year over hurdles and has done little wrong since taking to fences, but the form he's shown remains a notch below what is usually required to win one of these, whilst Knockara Beau has been found out at the top table this season. Citizen Vic is bidding to provide his trainer with a double in the race but doesn't look half the horse Cooldine is, Little Josh has plenty to find on the figures and doesn't impress with his jumping and Chasing Cars is chasing minor money. This is a fascinating renewal of a quality race and may well be the best novice contest seen over fences for some while, with Punchestowns taken to lead home a stable procession.