Today's racecards

Down Royal

  • 15:55 Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Novice Handicap Hurdle2m

  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 23.30s
  • Off time: 15:56:43
15:55 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Divine Rhapsody (IRE) 8/1
2nd Cassells Rock (IRE) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 266232 DARK BLUE & ORANGE DIAMONDS, halved sleeves, quartered cap Roman General (IRE) 38
Nag me
5 11-8 p L P Cusack S A Shortall (7) 115 4/15.00
2 276936 White & maroon stripes, maroon seams on sleeves, quartered cap Honey Bach (IRE) 17
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 B R Hamilton Mr D G Lavery (5) 110 10/34.33
3 4-58309 White, emerald green star, striped sleeves, white cap, emerald green diamonds Isle View (IRE) 11
Nag me
6 11-2 pt Jason Cairns K M Donoghue 108 12/113.00
4 174/90 Royal Blue and Yellow quartered, striped sleeves, hooped cap Divine Rhapsody (IRE) 59
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-12 P J Rothwell B T O'Connell 104 8/19.00
5 3322/70 Crazy Quilt The Engineer (IRE) 11
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8 10-7 Mrs J Harrington R M Power 99 3/14.00
6 95020 White, dark blue epaulettes, hooped sleeves, dark blue cap, white star Cassells Rock (IRE) 13
Nag me
4 10-4 A J Martin B J Cooper 110 5/23.50
Non runners
74/7-50Travis McGee (FR)610-3E J O'GradyP F Mangan95

Verdict

Roman General is consistent enough and hasn't been beaten far in his last two starts. He looks certain to be thereabouts again but may be undone by the testing conditions and CASSELLS ROCK can take advantage of the weight concession. His close second to Windsor Queen at Limerick looked a prelude to better things and though he failed to fire a month later at Gowran he's given the vote to bounce back. Honey Bach had run well enough in a Limerick handicap in December for connections to send her to Fairyhouse for a Grade 3 contest but she finished tailed off. Divine Rhapsody created a shock when making a winning debut in the lucrative Goffs Bumper at the Punchestown Festival but that was back in 2010 and he's been out of action for much of the subsequent period.