Cheltenham

  • 14:10 Victorchandler.com Handicap Chase 2m 5f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 28.20s
  • Off time: 14:41:59
14:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Can't Buy Time (IRE) 8/1
2nd Private Be 11/2
3rd Mister McGoldrick 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11F2-F4 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Chapoturgeon (FR) 20
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-12 P F Nicholls Timmy Murphy 153 3/14.00
3 2F2-5U3 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tatenen (FR) 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
6 11-8 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 149 12/113.00
4 P04PF-0 Dark Blue, Pink and Dark Blue hooped sleeves, Pink cap Stan (NZ) 20
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-4 Tim Vaughan S Durack 145 33/134.00
5 21P-P61 Yellow, Red hoop, Red and Yellow diabolo on sleeves, Yellow cap, Red diamond Psychomodo 42
Nag me
8 11-3 B G Powell G Lee 144 20/121.00
6 313-912 Black and orange stripes, black sleeves, orange stars, orange cap Razor Royale (IRE) 20
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-2 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 143 4/15.00
7 7P3-337 DARK BLUE, YELLOW disc, halved sleeves, DARK BLUE and YELLOW quartered cap Mister McGoldrick 27
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
13 11-2 Mrs S J Smith Mr S Byrne (5) 143 33/134.00
10 1314F-0 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Can't Buy Time (IRE) 62
Nag me
8 11-0 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 141 8/19.00
11 757P-79 Dark Blue, White diamond, White cap, Dark Blue spots Ashley Brook (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
12 10-13 b K Bishop C Bolger 140 25/126.00
13 12500-P Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star I'm So Lucky 48
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-8 t D Pipe D F O'Regan 135 16/117.00
14 P93536 Yellow, large Dark Green spots, Dark Green cap Hold Em (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-7 pt W K Goldsworthy R Thornton 134 7/18.00
16 8P52-72 Royal Blue, Yellow diamond, Grey sleeves, Grey and Royal Blue quartered cap Private Be 4
Nag me
11 10-3 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 130 11/26.50
17 2221-11 Yellow, Emerald Green epaulets and armlets Fit To Drive 39
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-1 t B G Powell K Renwick 128 12/113.00
Non runners
202721-FSomething Wells (FR)911-9Miss V WilliamsAidan Coleman150
8F1F-771Exmoor Ranger (IRE)811-1V R A DartnallWayne Hutchinson142
926P/8U-PRegal Heights (IRE)911-1T R GeorgeS Thomas142
12P2/P40-7Il Duce (IRE)1010-10Mrs P RobesonS P Jones137
1552/6-431Magic Sky (FR)1010-4M F HarrisMr O Greenall126

Verdict

Another cracking contest on that conveyor belt of top handicaps over this sort of trip during the Cheltenham season and this one can be taken can be taken by TATENEN, while Psychomodo, Fit To Drive and Chapoturgeon are among the dangers. The selection may not be the Paul Nicholls-trained first string, but nonetheless he has a definite chance in this. The run of Seven Is My Number in the previous race on the card will be a pointer to his chance, as he was around nine lengths adrift behind that rival at Sandown last time, when he may not have stayed 3m 1f up that hill. The drop back to 2m 5f here looks a positive, he acts with cut in the ground, and he is still on a decent mark, so we will chance him. Stablemate Chapoturgeon would have finished closer to fellow Ditcheat inmate Poquelin in the Boylesports Gold Cup here last month had it not been for a bad blunder at the last. He is sure to remain competitive from the same mark of 153, but it won't be easy to give weight away all around in a race as tough as this, and with his jumping having cost him in three of his last four starts we will take him on. Something Wells is 11lbs higher than when landing the Festival Plate over course and distance last March, and it will take something special for him to win today, while old favourite Mister McGoldrick has produced some special performances over the years, including when scoring over the Old Course in that same contest a year earlier at 66/1. He is now back to 2lbs below that, his most recent win, and this soft ground-loving teenager may still have frame claims at a price. Brendan Powell has placed Fit To Drive to complete a hat-trick either side of her summer break, and the mare gets in here with a featherweight to carry. She has never won on ground this soft, though she has made the frame on it, so she would have to have claims. Powell's other runner Psychomodo also comes into this in good shape after a 2m 3f Ascot win on good ground last time. A 9lb rise will make this plenty tough enough, but conditions suit and he is entitled to be thereabouts. Philip Hobbs has had a dream week and he saddles Private Be, who acts with cut and is well handicapped on his best form, though on the negative side he has had nine previous chances over this sort of distance here at Cheltenham and he has made the frame just twice and never won. Exmoor Ranger goes on the ground and has bags of stamina, in fact so much so that this might just be a bit on the quick side for him against some genuine two-and-a-half-milers. Can't Buy Time is another racing over a trip that looks too short and on ground that appears to be softer than ideal, though A P McCoy may have other ideas from the plate and a market check is advised. The poor form of trainers Tim Vaughan and Nigel Twiston-Davies leaves us cold on both Stan and Razor Royale respectively, but I'm So Lucky has shown enough ability at times to believe that he can have a say. Hold Em has won on soft ground but appears better suited when it is sound underfoot, and Chepstow winner Magic Sky is now 8lbs worse off with Private Be, having beaten the Hobbs horse just under two lengths there on Monday, and like that runner he too has flopped here in the past. Lots to talk about, plenty to consider, and the champion trainer can begin the year with another big prize with Tatenen.