Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Betfair Trophy Handicap Chase 2m 5f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 35.60s
  • Off time: 14:05:31
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Sawyer (BEL) 11/2
2nd Private Be 5/1
3rd Mister McGoldrick 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 13606-4 PURPLE, YELLOW chevron, diabolo on sleeves Pablo Du Charmil (FR) 273
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-12 t D Pipe T Scudamore 150 9/110.00
2 111411 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Seven Is My Number (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 t D Pipe 2 Preference 148 7/24.50
3 111U1-8 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Perce Rock 63
Nag me
8 11-8 T Stack A P McCoy 146 11/112.00
4 P3-3373 DARK BLUE, YELLOW disc, halved sleeves, DARK BLUE and YELLOW quartered cap Mister McGoldrick 29
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
13 11-5 Mrs S J Smith Mr S Byrne (5) 143 20/121.00
6 1F772-9 Light Blue, large Yellow spots Yes Sir (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-0 P Bowen D Devereux (5) 138 50/151.00
7 13F-P15 Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Oscar Bay (IRE) 56
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-13 b J D Frost Hadden Frost (3) 137 25/126.00
8 341P7/7 Red, white chevrons, red sleeves, white spots, red cap Idole First (IRE) 49
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-11 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 135 14/115.00
9 262U91 Black and Yellow diabolo, halved sleeves, Yellow cap, Black star The Sawyer (BEL) 7
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-10 R H Buckler Nathan Sweeney (10) 134 11/26.50
10 P52-722 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, Grey sleeves, Grey and Royal Blue quartered cap Private Be 29
Nag me
11 10-9 P J Hobbs R Johnson 133 5/16.00
11 2128-67 White, Black braces, chevrons on sleeves, striped cap Akilak (IRE) 63
Nag meCourse Winner
9 10-8 J Howard Johnson Ryan Mania (3) 132 8/19.00
12 601123 Black and orange stripes, black sleeves, orange stars, orange cap Rory Boy (USA) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
5 10-7 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 135 14/115.00
13 F11/UU0 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Nycteos (FR) 34
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 10-6 P F Nicholls R Walsh 130 7/18.00
Non runners
5F1F-771Exmoor Ranger (IRE)811-4V R A Dartnall2 Preference142
14221-11FFit To Drive810-4B G Powell2 Preference128

Verdict

A good run from Pigeon Island in the previous race on the card will add confidence to those of us who think that SEVEN IS MY NUMBER can take this competitve handicap chase, while Exmoor Ranger, The Sawyer and Mister McGoldrick are others considered. The selection may not even make it to the track, given that his preferred option is Doncaster, but if he does turn up then has been going very much the right way over fences, winning five of his six starts over fences so far, including a noteable 18-length defeat of Pigeon Island over course and distance last time. Soft ground is ideal for him and from the same mark of 148 he looks capable of cutting it against the strongest opposition he has faced yet. With Exmoor Ranger also a Doncaster possible who could end up here and go close, we will concentrate on the others and the next best looks to be The Sawyer. Bob Buckler's charge showed great resolve when outbattling Miss Mitch at Ascot last week and has gone up 4lbs for that success, which is far from insurmountable. Soft ground and this stiff track should suit, and a course and distance success fuels confidence that he can run a very big race. Rory Boy would be a popular local winner but is better when the ground is good, and Perce Rock is a soft ground performer who has won over 2m 4f at Punchestown, though tends to be kept to around two miles. He has a bit to prove after a hurdling spin in November, but connections presumably wouldn't be here if they didn't feel he had a chance. Fit To Drive was in the process of running a big race here last time before tipping up four out and she stays this far. She had been on an upward curve until then and has little weight to carry, so could be a threat to our pick Seven Is My Number, with a note that The Sawyer gets the vote if David Pipe's runner is absent.