Cheltenham

  • 14:40 Cheltenham Annual Members Novices' Chase2m 4f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 0.20s
  • Off time: 14:40:40
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Third Intention (IRE) 11/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 211111 Dark blue, orange and dark blue halved sleeves Rebel Fitz (FR) 12
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-11 M Winters B J Geraghty 152 4/71.57
3 333262- Emerald Green, Yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap Third Intention (IRE) 196
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-3 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 151 11/82.38
Non runners
212116-Taquin Du Seuil (FR)611-3Jonjo O'NeillA P McCoy

Verdict

REBEL FITZ was completing a five-timer over fences when landing a Grade 3 at Tipperary earlier this month. He was a very useful hurdler but seems to have improved again over the larger obstacles and, though conceding 8lb to his two rivals, can make the most of a possible fitness advantage to score again. Third Intention was very unlucky not to win a decent race over fences last season. He was placed three times in Grade 1 company and ended the last campaign with a second to Dynaste in the Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree. A nice prize seems sure to come his way this term while Taquin Du Seuil won the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December and is an exciting prospect. Despite the small field, this should be a very informative contest.