Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 13:30 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase2m 5f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 37.80s
  • Off time: 13:30:21
13:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hey Big Spender (IRE) 5/1
2nd Edgbriar (FR) 20/1
3rd Midnight Chase 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 310-212 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Hey Big Spender (IRE) 49
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7 11-12 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 138 5/16.00
3 1410-51 Red, Yellow sash, Brown sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Edgbriar (FR) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-8 P R Webber S P Jones (3) 134 20/121.00
4 4-11332 Red and Yellow (quartered), hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Five Dream (FR) 12
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 133 11/112.00
5 0/1P-412 BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap Den of Iniquity 32
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9 11-7 W Greatrex N Fehily 133 20/121.00
6 F38423 Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Coq Hardi (FR) 61
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9 11-7 t Tim Vaughan R Flint (3) 133 25/126.00
7 8-2F222 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Pigeon Island 29
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 132 14/115.00
8 1321-21 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Ernst Blofeld (IRE) 43
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6 11-2 t D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 128 17/29.50
9 162-332 BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves Midnight Chase 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-1 N P Mulholland D A Jacob 127 16/117.00
10 9-50611 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Doctor Pat (IRE) 32
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-12 F Doumen A P McCoy 124 5/23.50
11 DP4-12P Light blue, orange stars on sleeves, light blue cap, orange star Etxalar (FR) 5
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 10-11 Miss Lucinda V Russell C I Gillies (3) 123 12/113.00
12 52F-781 Red, Yellow star, halved sleeves and star on cap Plein Pouvoir (FR) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-8 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 120 7/24.50
Non runners
117-4411Theatrical Moment (USA)712-2Jonjo O'Neill2 Preference142

Verdict

A cracking contest where, in receipt of weight from Theatrical Moment, DOCTOR PAT is taken to score. It would be interesting to know which of the pair Tony McCoy would be choosing if it weren't for his retainer with J P McManus, but without that knowledge we will still side with the Francois Doumen-trained Doctor Pat. The six-year-old stayed on strongly up the Sandown hill in testing ground to win in December, before following up at Newbury's Christmas meeting. The likely strong pace combined with soft ground should suit him ideally over this trip, and he can defy an 8lb rise. Theatrical Moment comes here on the back of successive Leicester wins over this trip and also further. He acts on soft ground, though has done all of his best work on good ground in recent times, and with a 7lb rise giving him a massive 12st 2lbs to shoulder here we will take him on. Hey Big Spender has conditions to suit and takes a marked drop in trip after being comfortably accounted for here last time by Inchidaly Rock. You could argue that he is unexposed over this distance, but the concern is that connections have clearly seen him as a stayer in recent outings. Five Dream should get very competitive from this mark but does have it prove over the trip and he is unlikely to be allowed much respite, while Pigeon Island is hugely respected despite a string of seconds, and his enthusiasm will see him bang there. Ernst Blofeld enjoyed a facile Uttoxeter win and now has to step in against some tougher opposition, but with the yard flying you wouldn't rule him out, though preference is for Doctor Pat.