Cheltenham

  • 12:55 Betfair Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 32.20s
  • Off time: 12:56:20
12:55 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Baccalaureate (FR) 100/1
2nd Pistolet Noir (FR) 8/15

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31 Mauve, red sleeves, black armlets, red cap Pistolet Noir (FR) 77
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
4 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 144 8/151.53
2 2P13 Red, Emerald Green braces, White cap Blazing Buck 68
Nag meDistance Winner
4 11-4 A W Carroll P Merrigan 114 33/134.00
3 06 RED and YELLOW stripes, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap Baccalaureate (FR) 34
Nag me
4 11-0 t N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 100/1101.00
4 822 Pink, Dark Blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, Pink cap George Nympton (IRE) 49
Nag me
4 11-0 Nick Williams D A Jacob 123 10/34.33
5 2227 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Good Lord (FR) 45
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 11-0 F Doumen A P McCoy 130 11/112.00
7 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Investissement 100
Nag me
4 11-0 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 14/115.00
8 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Reaction 100
Nag me
4 11-0 Miss S West J Goldstein 40/141.00
Non runners
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Verdict

PISTOLET NOIR can take the opener while George Nympton and Good Lord are perhaps the most interesting in opposition. The selection looked like a top class recruit to the game when staying on strongly for a nine length win over course and distance at the Open Meeting and today's soft ground looks ideal for him. That is easily the strongest piece of form on offer here and with continued improvement likely we will side with the Paul Nicholls-trained runner. Named after a village near Nick Williams' yard, George Nympton is another who enjoys getting his toe in and given that his trainer tends to bring his inmates on a little more streadily than the champion trainer it is a fair bet that there is also a significant amount more to come from his four-year-old. He can get heavily involved. Good Lord is sent on a raid from France and acts with cut, though it is hard to evaluate his true worth in the contest given that he was well beaten on testing ground at Newbury on his only other British start. A market check is advised to assess confidence. Reaction is not guaranteed to stay here and Invertissement can prove best of the debutants, though the win can go to Pistolet Noir.