• 15:30 E.B.F. Jenny & Mark Pitman Gold Syndicates 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner £6,256 2nd £1,848 3rd £924 4th £462
  • Going: Good (Cross Country - Good to Firm, Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 9.00s
  • Off time: 15:31:04
15:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Darlan 4/6
2nd High Storm (IRE) 25/1
3rd Able Deputy 66/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Darlan 18
4 11-4 N J Henderson A P McCoy 4/61.67
2 495 Red, white cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, hooped cap Able Deputy 13
4 10-12 K C Bailey Sean Quinlan 66/167.00
3 460-2 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Aikideau (FR) 25
Beaten Favourite
4 10-12 R Rowe L P Aspell 135 10/111.00
4 217-2 Red, pink hoop and armlets Balding Banker (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
5 10-12 P F Nicholls R Walsh 5/23.50
5 120-8 Dark blue, royal blue seams, white sleeves, red and white striped cap Bygones In Brid (IRE) 33
Beaten Favourite
5 10-12 A King R Thornton 12/113.00
6 70-4 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Go On Arch (IRE) 50
5 10-12 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 33/134.00
7 656424 White, black stripe High Storm (IRE) 18
4 10-12 p1 Miss R Curtis R Johnson 121 25/126.00
8 1U-72 Dark Green, Light Blue hoop, Maroon sleeves, Light Blue cap Parsnip Pete 31
5 10-12 T R George P J Brennan 16/117.00
9 23/1-83 Red, White sleeves, Orange stars Thecircleoftrust (FR) 18
6 10-12 t T R George Aidan Coleman 66/167.00


Aikideau was highly tried in his first season but it was disappointing to see him get turned over at short odds at Plumpton and he may be best watched for now. Balding Banker's second to Molotof at Wincanton was a solid first effort and he can only improve, but DARLAN is held in high regard and can extend his unbeaten record. Nicky Henderson's four-year-old has a penalty to carry for his facile success at Kempton but never came off the bridle that day and could be a very smart novice in the making. Parsnip Pete was second at Huntingdon on his hurdling debut and may prove the pick of the remainder, though Bygones In Brid should prove a lot better than he showed at Ffos Las last month given more time.