Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 17:00 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Novices' Chase2m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 8.20s
  • Off time: 17:00:17
17:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dark Lover (GER) 7/4
2nd Sizing Italy (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 083U5-1 Red, Emerald Green disc, Emerald Green sleeves, Red stars Balder Succes (FR) 7
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-10 A King R Thornton 145 7/42.75
2 723321 Black, White hoop, halved sleeves, White cap Gud Day (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-7 pt F M O'Brien P J Brennan 118 50/151.00
3 204-212 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Italy (IRE) 79
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 144 7/24.50
4 342122 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 23
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-7 v1 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 132 14/115.00
5 1/17143- Dark Green, White hoop, checked sleeves, quartered cap Dark Lover (GER) 237
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 7/42.75
7 511PP-4 White, Mauve stars Mr Watson (IRE) 25
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-2 b1 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 14/115.00
Non runners
61P411F/Earls Quarter (IRE)711-2Ian WilliamsAidan Coleman

Verdict

Sizing Italy did well to beat Steps To Freedom at Killarney and was then second to the prolific Rebel Fitz at Galway. But BALDER SUCCESS may be good enough to give the Irish raider 3lb having jumped well and won with a bit more in hand than the official margin suggests against decent opposition at Chepstow last week. The Cockney Mackem often flatters to deceive and Gud Day may be out of his depth but Dark Lover should pay his way and there will be more to come from Mr Watson as he gains experience, though would prefer softer going.