Today's racecards

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 16.40s
  • Off time: 14:25:09
14:25 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cape Tribulation 7/1
2nd Imperial Commander (IRE) 7/2
3rd Hunt Ball (IRE) 11/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 317-3P BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves Midnight Chase 29
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 N P Mulholland D C Costello 155 12/113.00
3 47P-21 Royal blue, yellow hoop, dark blue sleeves, royal blue and yellow quartered cap Wayward Prince 49
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 Mrs H Parrott Jack Doyle 150 18/119.00
4 13PF-4 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 63
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-10 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 164 7/18.00
6 11-051 WHITE, LIGHT BLUE spots, WHITE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, WHITE spots Cape Tribulation 31
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-6 J M Jefferson D F O'Regan 151 7/18.00
7 1F1-P7 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Hey Big Spender (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-6 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 151 25/126.00
8 114-P3 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 31
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-5 t D Pipe T Scudamore 157 5/23.50
9 6P07-1 Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Little Josh (IRE) 49
Nag meCourse Winner
11 11-4 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 149 20/121.00
10 P0-112 Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 43
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-4 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 153 9/110.00
11 113-P2 Red, Yellow hoops, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap Hunt Ball (IRE) 30
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-3 K Burke Nick Scholfield 157 11/112.00
12 51U1P Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Commander (IRE) 680
Nag meCourse Winner
12 11-0 t1 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 164 7/24.50
Non runners
241-121Tidal Bay (IRE)1211-10P F NichollsR Walsh171
5110-P4Calgary Bay (IRE)1011-6M R ChannonD Elsworth155

Verdict

It's good to see the return of the 2010 Gold Cup hero IMPERIAL COMMANDER after almost two years off and it must be remembered that he was odds-on when beating Tidal Bay in the Betfair at Haydock that year. Race conditions are very much in his favour and he's taken to make a successful return. Tidal Bay was receiving 6lb when beaten by Midnight Chase in this last year but the latter pulled up when Paul Nicholls' charge won the Lexus last month. Midnight Chase is much better around here but may prefer slightly quicker ground. Weird Al won twice here as a novice but hasn't had much luck on the track subsequently and broke a blood vessel in the Gold Cup while Grands Crus has yet to fulfil early promise though he's still young enough to do so. Hunt Ball's progress appears to have stalled and Cape Tribulation would probably have run in the Sky Bet at Doncaster had it been on.