Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 8.10s
  • Off time: 14:05:41
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st As I Am (IRE) 7/2
2nd Emily Gray (IRE) 7/1
3rd The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 113123 Pink, black spots, black sleeves, pink armlets, white cap As I Am (IRE) 108
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-3 D E Cantillon Conor Shoemark 139 7/24.50
2 0-1110P Dark green, pink hoop, halved sleeves, dark green and pink check cap Gambling Girl 111
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-3 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 130 14/115.00
3 11257F Red, black seams, black sleeves, red stars, red cap Roja Dove (IRE) 48
Nag me
5 11-1 h N B King Trevor Whelan 121 50/151.00
4 121211 Orange, dark blue chevrons and armlets, hooped cap Run Ructions Run (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-1 p T D Easterby D C Costello 133 9/25.50
5 8-11411 Light Blue, Pink sleeves, Mauve stars, Pink cap, Mauve star Cloudante (IRE) 51
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-12 D McCain Jnr N Fehily 128 12/113.00
6 113155 YELLOW, black sash, striped cap Emily Gray (IRE) 32
Nag me
6 10-12 T E Hyde B J Geraghty 127 7/18.00
8 130-162 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Free Thinking 48
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 10-12 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 125 8/19.00
10 861 Royal Blue and Yellow check Norfolk Sky 23
Nag me
5 10-12 B Barr D Crosse 118 33/134.00
11 5-12242 Dark Blue, Pink cross belts, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap The Pirate's Queen (IRE) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-12 A King R Thornton 134 9/43.25
Non runners
716/2512Flementime (IRE)610-12M KeighleyIan Popham129
9991354Molly's A Diva710-12K C BaileyNick Scholfield119

Verdict

As I Am beat The Pirate's Queen by nine lengths in this grade at Newbury in November when Free Thinking was a well-beaten last of six. Don Cantillon's mare is 5lb worse off now and hasn't raced since the end of December but should still confirm the form. Cloudante has won three of her four starts under Rules but is upped in class here while Run Runctions Run's victory in a valuable event at Newbury came over an extra half-mile and she only had a short-head to spare over The Pirate's Queen, who is 5lb better off. Emily Gray was well beaten in a Grade 3 last time and we're giving another chance to the less-exposed FLEMENTIME. She travelled strongly for a long way at Exeter last time but a big weight found her out in the end. The drop in distance might suit on this stiff course.