Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase2m 5f

  • Winner £12,524 2nd £3,700 3rd £1,850 4th £926
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 30.88s
  • Off time: 13:30:22
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Giant Bolster 9/2
2nd Vino Griego (FR) 7/1
3rd Pearlysteps 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2365-1F Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 78
Nag me
6 11-12 D G Bridgwater R Greene 140 9/25.50
2 114-221 Black, White hoop and sleeves, hooped cap Pearlysteps 26
Nag me
8 11-10 H D Daly Jake Greenall (7) 138 8/19.00
4 252-311 Dark Blue and Light Blue stripes, Black and Red striped cap Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 134 5/23.50
5 F87-563 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 63
Nag me
6 11-2 G L Moore J E Moore 130 7/18.00
6 06-1134 Royal Blue, Yellow chevron, striped sleeves, Yellow cap Cootehill (IRE) 84
Nag me
7 11-2 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 130 20/121.00
7 514-142 White and Red stripes, Black and White halved sleeves, Black cap Ravethebrave (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-1 A King R Thornton 129 11/26.50
8 110-521 Pink, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves, Royal Blue cap Misstree Dancer 31
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 Nick Mitchell Harry Skelton 128 9/110.00
9 4182-11 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Brook (IRE) 71
Nag me
6 10-7 Nick Williams D A Jacob 121 6/17.00
Non runners
352-U23UIkorodu Road811-7M KeighleyT Scudamore135

Verdict

Shakalakaboomboom appears to be improving at a rate of knots and has won his last two starts with the minimum of fuss. His latest win at Taunton was over further but he scored over this trip at Kempton in November and is a sound jumper. Just as interesting, however, is DIAMOND BROOK who gets 13lb from Nicky Henderson's gelding and is equally progressive. The six-year-old looks the type that only does enough when pressed and has probably been difficult for the handicapper to assess. Misstree Dancer and Ravethebrave are closely matched on Newbury running, while Pearlysteps' Hereford win will have boosted his confidence. Cootehill may need this after a break, however.