Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:35 Argento Chase 3m 1f 110y

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 32.30s
  • Off time: 14:35:57
14:35 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Midnight Chase 11/2
2nd Tidal Bay (IRE) 9/2
3rd Knockara Beau (IRE) 22/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 311P/1-4 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 70
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-6 Nick Williams N Fehily 166 10/34.33
2 16/1155- Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Little Josh (IRE) 364
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 154 16/117.00
3 1115-F3 BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves Midnight Chase 33
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-6 N P Mulholland D C Costello 158 11/26.50
4 115-251 Purple and Pink diamonds, Pink sleeves, Purple armlets, Purple cap Time For Rupert (IRE) 45
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-6 P R Webber D F O'Regan 156 10/34.33
5 211-1U3 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Captain Chris (IRE) 33
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-5 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 164 4/15.00
6 4/32-3P4 Pink and Mauve (quartered), Mauve sleeves, White cap Any Currency (IRE) 21
Nag me
9 11-0 p M Keighley A P Cawley 131 66/167.00
7 145-026 White, royal blue hoop, chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-0 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 140 22/123.00
8 R-45534 Black and Yellow diabolo, halved sleeves, Yellow cap, Black star The Sawyer (BEL) 7
Nag meCourse Winner
12 11-0 R H Buckler Nathan Sweeney 129 66/167.00
9 3226U-3 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Tidal Bay (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
11 11-0 P F Nicholls R Walsh 166 9/25.50

Verdict

Paul Nicholls has won this for the past two years and Tidal Bay, runner-up a year ago, was having his first start for the stable when a fine third over hurdles here on New Year's Day. That will have put him right and Ruby Walsh has ridden him once before. Midnight Chase was in tremendous form on this track last season and ran very well for a long way in the Gold Cup. He's struggled in his two runs this season but is no forlorn hope back on his favourite track. Diamond Harry enjoyed plenty of success around here over timber and though well beaten in the 2010 RSA Chase he is much better than that. He didn't weaken until the last in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November on his first start for a year and must be a threat. Time For Rupert was 7l behind him in the Betfair but produced an improved display to beat The Giant Bolster at Newbury though he'll need to make further progress to see off CAPTAIN CHRIS. Last year's Arkle winner had an interrupted preparation before the King George on Boxing Day where he ran with great credit behind Kauto Star and, as he's likely to build on that, he can regain the winning thread.