Cheltenham

  • 13:55 Rewards4Racing Handicap Hurdle3m

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 31.30s
  • Off time: 13:55:44
13:55 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Return Spring (IRE) 7/2
2nd Quartz de Thaix (FR) 16/1
3rd Florafern 15/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1521-44 Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Poungach (FR) 14
Distance Winner
8 11-12 p P F Nicholls D A Jacob 147 12/113.00
2 P247-7U Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 25
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
9 11-10 D G Bridgwater Jake Hodson (7) 145 7/18.00
3 11- Black, black and maroon striped cap Whispering Gallery 316
8 11-9 J P Ferguson B J Geraghty 144 11/26.50
4 2F8P-5P Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 25
Course WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-7 b1 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 142 16/117.00
5 232113/ YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Grand Vision (IRE) 656
Distance Winner
8 11-6 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 141 4/15.00
7 242/509 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Burton Port (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
10 11-0 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 135 12/113.00
8 24P2-12 Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves Return Spring (IRE) 19
Course Winner
7 10-13 P J Hobbs R Johnson 134 7/24.50
10 125P7-3 Dark Blue, Emerald Green stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Emerald Green star Florafern 39
9 10-2 O Sherwood Thomas Garner (5) 123 15/28.50
11 60P230 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Astigos (FR) 45
7 10-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 120 8/19.00
Non runners
61393-06First Fandango711-4Tim VaughanMr B Gibbs139
9215400Va'vite (IRE)710-2A MiddletonPaul Moloney123

Verdict

The Giant Bolster, Burton Port and Quartz de Thaix all revert to hurdles having lost their way over fences. Poungach has also been chasing while Whispering Gallery returns from a lengthy absence, though has won 10 of his 17 career starts on the Flat and over hurdles. Florafern should improve on her third at Ascot but it's difficult to imagine that RETURN SPRING won't be in the firing-line again. He's gone up another 4lb since his close second to Sunnyhillboy over track and trip last month but is clearly in good form and likes the uphill finish here.