Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:35 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle 3m

  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 28.70s
  • Off time: 15:38:28
15:35 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Knockara Beau (IRE) 66/1
2nd At Fishers Cross (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11111/1- BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Big Buck's (FR) 420
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-8 P F Nicholls S Twiston-Davies 174 6/52.20
2 42-0131 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Reve de Sivola (FR) 35
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-8 Nick Williams R Johnson 162 11/43.75
3 1111-4U Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap At Fishers Cross (IRE) 35
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 p1 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 160 5/16.00
4 2/11FF-1 Beige and Black (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-4 W P Mullins B J Geraghty 150 9/25.50
5 UP-5125 Tan, Black and Green hooped sleeves, Black cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-0 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 145 66/167.00
6 F8P-5P2 Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 24
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-0 b Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 147 33/134.00

Verdict

It will be all systems go for yet another World Hurdle if BIG BUCK'S comes through this unscathed. Paul Nicholls' stayer has been patiently nursed back to health and, though this will be the 11-year-old's first run since beating Reve De Sivola by nine lengths in the 2012 Long Walk Hurdle, defeat is unlikely. Reve De Sivola has been cashing in while the champion has been away, winning last month's Long Walk at Ascot where At Fishers Cross was a beaten horse when crashing out at the last. The latter has much to prove now. Boston Bob's chase career stalled last spring but he made a winning return over hurdles and may be kept to the smaller obstacles for the time being. He makes more appeal than Knockara Beau and Quartz de Thaix, also better known as chasers.