Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 13:15 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase2m 5f

  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 37.10s
  • Off time: 13:15:14
13:15 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Indian Castle (IRE) 14/1
2nd Annacotty (IRE) 8/1
3rd Renard D'irlande (FR) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 551621 Royal Blue, Yellow stars, Yellow cap Annacotty (IRE) 30
Nag me
6 11-12 b M Keighley Ian Popham 144 8/19.00
2 143-1F2 Yellow, light blue hoop Dark Lover (GER) 10
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
9 11-10 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 142 8/19.00
3 013156 Red, white star, white and red hooped sleeves, red cap Shanpallas (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 C Byrnes R J Jones (3) 137 28/129.00
4 212-112 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Indian Castle (IRE) 29
Nag me
6 11-3 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 135 14/115.00
5 23P-342 Dark Blue and White (quartered), hooped sleeves, Dark Blue cap Ohio Gold (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 132 9/25.50
6 126-221 Emerald green, white star, armlets and star on cap The Italian Yob (IRE) 50
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 Nick Williams R Johnson 132 4/15.00
7 P83-913 Pink, maroon hoops, dark blue sleeves, pink and maroon quartered cap Tempest River (IRE) 44
Nag me
8 10-12 B I Case W Hutchinson 130 25/126.00
8 09-3424 White, Pink stars, White cap, Pink star Timesawastin (IRE) 24
Nag me
8 10-11 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 129 12/113.00
9 424-14U YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Renard D'irlande (FR) 18
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 10-9 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 127 6/17.00
10 571311 Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), diabolo on sleeves, Light Blue cap, Royal Blue diamond Samingarry (FR) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-8 N J Hawke A P McCoy 126 6/17.00
11 11-0P1P Royal Blue, Maroon chevron, hooped sleeves, Maroon cap Super Villan 48
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-0 b M Bradstock J E Moore 115 14/115.00

Verdict

Ohio Gold has now had eight tries over fences but was only beaten a short-head at Kempton last time. Annacotty won a Grade 1 at Kempton on Boxing Day so it's a surprise to see him back in a handicap as he looks to have no chance of reversing Chepstow running with Samingarry on much worse terms. Newbury second Dark Lover has a very good record here and can't be left out of calculations while Indian Castle may have come up against a smart novice at Wetherby last time, though was well beaten. THE ITALIAN YOB jumped really well when getting off the mark at Sandown last month and kept finding more when challenged. He has a 7lb higher mark to contend with here but could be up to the task. Renard D'irlande and Irish raider Shanpallas may be the pick of the remainder.