Today's racecards

Doncaster

  • 15:25 SIG Insulation E.B.F. 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 6.20s
  • Off time: 15:25:54
15:25 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Minella Forfitness (IRE) 9/4
2nd Cheltenian (FR) 7/2
3rd Valdez 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 14-2171 Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap Valdez 37
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-12 A King R Thornton 129 12/113.00
2 1/17-31 White, black cap Minella Forfitness (IRE) 16
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-8 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 9/43.25
3 120 Light green and purple check, light green sleeves, purple cap Benefit Cut (IRE) 63
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 Mrs P Robeson T J O'Brien 66/167.00
5 211/ Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Cheltenian (FR) 707
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-2 P J Hobbs R Johnson 7/24.50
6 2/6-8 Light Blue, Yellow stars, armlets and cap Credit For Life (IRE) 14
Nag me
6 11-2 C E Longsdon N Fehily 100/1101.00
7 608 Red, emerald green and white hooped sleeves, red and white hooped cap Highlander Ted 18
Nag me
5 11-2 T D Walford P Buchanan 200/1201.00
8 1-0 Black, red cross of lorraine, black and white check sleeves, red cap Lord Navits (IRE) 97
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-2 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 80/181.00
9 1129-22 Black, black and maroon striped cap New Year's Eve 14
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-2 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 129 10/34.33
10 3300-78 DARK BLUE, YELLOW cross belts, collar and cuffs, striped cap Piano Concerto (USA) 86
Nag me
6 11-2 t1 Andrew Turnell T Scudamore 100/1101.00
11 3-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Snake Eyes (IRE) 86
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-2 N J Henderson A P McCoy 3/14.00
12 23-1329 Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 26
Nag me
5 11-2 Tim Vaughan D C Costello 66/167.00
Non runners
41-PCatching On (IRE)511-2Jonjo O'NeillMaurice Linehan

Verdict

Cheltenian won the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2011 and may well be a high-class recruit to hurdling. However, it's asking a lot of the seven-year-old to make a winning reappearance after two years on the sidelines. MINELLA FORFITNESS kept on well to beat useful Flat performers Zuider Zee and Aaim To Prosper over 2m4f here last time but there's just a danger he'll find a drop in distance against him. He looks a progressive sort, however, so gets the nod getting 4lb from the more exposed Valdez. New Year's Eve was an expensive failure at Ludlow two weeks ago and hasn't yet lived up to a tall reputation so far while the selection's stable companion Snake Eyes was long odds-on when only second at Kempton and needs more.