COCKNEY TRUCKER ran another cracking race in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and deserves another success. Philip Hobbs' nine-year-old's only previous win over hurdles came over this C&D and he is clearly still in excellent heart. Featherbed Lane might prefer softer ground but McCoy's presence in the saddle should be noted and Sunley Peace, a useful stayer on the Flat in his prime, is probably nicely treated on his win in a novice event at Wincanton. The Cayterers also scored at Wincanton on his most recent outing but this is a much better race and he is 10lb higher now.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) In touch on inside, mistake 4th, outpaced when jumped right 2 out, headway between last 2, soon challenged, ridden to lead narrowly when went right last, soon headed, kept on same pace, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 26, 2 1/4l behind Final Approach (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd.
Rio Gael (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Led, hit 4 out, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 10, 18l behind Drive Time (11-8) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gd.
Screaming Brave 25-1 (9-11) Towards rear, hampered 5th, plugged on from 2 out, never any chance, 8th of 24, 21l behind Alarazi (10-3) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd.
Sacrilege 28-1 (11-0) Last and soon detached, went badly left 4th, gave up and pulled before next, in a race won by Mohayer (10-11) at Lingfield 2m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov, 4 ran.
Featherbed Lane (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, led 3 out, ridden and headed before next, 3rd and beaten last, 3rd of 13, 15l behind Captain Kirkton (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb.
Sunley Peace 7-4fav (11-1) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway 4th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, led before last, driven clear flat, won at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gf beating Mawsem (11-1) by 6l, 10 ran.
General Ting (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway after 3 out, led approaching next, strongly challenged when mistake last, headed flat, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 5l behind Cheshire Prince (11-4) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
The Cayterers 9-1 (10-3) Held up in touch, took keen hold, closed after 6th, led 2 out, clear last, eased towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf beating Robin Will (11-10) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.