Cheltenham

  • 16:10 Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle2m 1f

  • Winner £16,245 2nd £4,770 3rd £2,385 4th £1,192
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 33.30s
  • Off time: 16:11:16
16:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mr Watson (IRE) 11/4
2nd Kings Lad (IRE) 10/1
3rd Quaddick Lake (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 64-16P ROYAL BLUE, WHITE chevron, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Solix (FR) 35
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-12 Ian Williams Robert McCarth (5) 150 66/167.00
2 12632 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Sadler's Risk (IRE) 273
Nag me
5 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 148 11/112.00
3 415523 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap His Excellency (IRE) 30
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-5 D Pipe T Scudamore 143 16/117.00
4 06-891 Cerise, white circle, cerise sleeves and cap Bourne 30
Nag me
7 11-2 b D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 140 9/110.00
5 1231 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Barbatos (FR) 391
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-0 Ian Williams D C Costello 138 12/113.00
6 3411 Yellow, Light Blue star, Light Blue cap Lord Of House (GER) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-9 t C J Mann G Sheehan (5) 133 7/18.00
7 1U3-2 Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Dildar (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-6 p1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 130 9/25.50
8 331-77 Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves Kingcora (FR) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-5 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 129 33/134.00
9 22211U Dark green and brown (quartered), yellow sleeves, white cap Quaddick Lake (IRE) 31
Nag me
10 10-4 J Scott Nick Scholfield 128 12/113.00
10 13-451 White, Mauve stars Mr Watson (IRE) 20
Nag me
6 10-3 h Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 127 11/43.75
11 2F133 Royal Blue, Orange spots Kings Lad (IRE) 31
Nag me
6 10-3 C L Tizzard T J O'Brien 127 10/111.00
12 1P-5F3 Light Green and Maroon (halved), sleeves reversed, quartered cap Old Tricks (IRE) 21
Nag me
6 10-0 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell (3) 122 25/126.00
13 129-P0 Brown, light blue braces Kylenoe Fairy (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-0 t P Henderson Paul Moloney 122 100/1101.00
14 65-9F4 BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves The Pier (IRE) 17
Nag me
7 10-0 D Pipe Mr M Heard (7) 122 20/121.00
15 070-0 White, Black seams, Yellow sleeves, Black seams, White cap Secret Dancer (IRE) 43
Nag me
8 10-0 A E Jones W Kennedy 115 100/1101.00
Non runners
16549-52Thunder Sheik (IRE)510-0F O'BrienTimmy Murphy114

Verdict

MR WATSON, a winner between the flags, had shown a bit of promise in his first two starts over hurdles before cantering home when well supported at Plumpton. This is a huge leap in class but the assessor doesn't appear to have been too harsh and he can make a winning handicap debut. His Excellency won a Grade 2 over timber in Ireland just over a year ago and has been chasing this season. He's on an 8lb lower mark over hurdles and should go well while Bourne and Dildar, who fought out a finish at Kempton last time, are others who should get involved, especially the latter who looks progressive. Lord Of House is doing everything right and it's no surprise that the assessor raised him 15lb for his Sandown victory while Barbatos is a classy individual who won first time out last season so may not be too inconvenienced by a long absence.