Cheltenham

  • 14:25 Argento Chase 3m 1f 110y

  • Winner £56,950 2nd £21,370 3rd £10,700 4th £5,330
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 10.00s
  • Off time: 14:25:23
14:25 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Giant Bolster 6/1
2nd Rocky Creek (IRE) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11UB-13 MAROON, yellow chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Harry Topper 50
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-10 p1 K C Bailey J M Maguire 153 6/17.00
2 51-72U2 Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 14
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-6 M Keighley Ian Popham 157 9/110.00
3 274-161 Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 35
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-6 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 159 7/24.50
4 P-00UU1 Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue armlets Restless Harry 10
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-6 R Dickin C Poste 141 14/115.00
5 21113-2 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Rocky Creek (IRE) 56
Nag me
8 11-5 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 157 6/42.50
6 37253P EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 24
Nag meCourse Winner
11 11-4 vt N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 129 66/167.00
7 247-7U5 Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 24
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-0 hv D G Bridgwater T Scudamore 157 6/17.00

Verdict

Charlie Hall Chase winner Harry Topper was very disappointing when last of three at Sandown subsequently and has to give weight to all of his rivals here. This is probably too far for Champion Court but ROCKY CREEK is a sound stayer and has the beating of Houblon Des Obeaux on their run together in the Hennessy. He looks the one to beat, though it's unlikely he'll end up in the Gold Cup unless others fall by the wayside. Restless Harry's luck changed at Newbury 10 days ago but he shouldn't be good enough to win a race like this and neither Pigeon Island nor The Giant Bolster appeal on what they've shown this season, though the latter does like it here.