Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:10 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase 2m

  • Winner £18,224 2nd £6,838 3rd £3,424 4th £1,706
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.70s
  • Off time: 14:10:34
14:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dodging Bullets 2/1
2nd Raya Star (IRE) 15/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 515120 Emerald Green and White (quartered), Black and White halved sleeves, Black cap, White star My Brother Sylvest 15
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-8 b D Pipe T Scudamore 139 20/121.00
2 11397-1 Red, emerald green Cross Of Lorraine and sleeves Dodging Bullets 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 2/13.00
3 1225F-1 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Raya Star (IRE) 16
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 A King R Thornton 15/82.88
4 92312-8 EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Ted Veale (IRE) 85
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-2 A J Martin B J Geraghty 146 2/13.00
5 2122F4 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 2
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 132 28/129.00

Verdict

Kempton scorer Dodging Bullets is only a five-year-old and has plenty of scope. But RAYA STAR was probably the better hurdler and showed plenty of courage to see off the well-regarded Tanerko Emery on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter. The better ground here should be in his favour and Alan King's charge can double his tally over the larger obstacles. Ted Veale won the County Hurdle at last year's Festival and was fourth in the Ebor in August. Tony Martin's gelding is clearly versatile and should handle fences but My Brother Sylvest and The Cockney Mackem are already exposed and the latter finished a well beaten fourth here on Friday.