Cheltenham

  • 16:40 Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase 4m

  • Winner £50,966 2nd £15,920 3rd £7,956 4th £3,978
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 44.30s
  • Off time: 16:40:16
16:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Midnight Prayer 8/1
2nd Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 7/2
3rd Suntiep (FR) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1133FP MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap According To Trev (IRE) 45
Course Winner
8 11-6 vt N A Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary 129 28/129.00
2 5122P3 Red, Light Blue stars, Yellow cap, Light Blue stars Adrenalin Flight (IRE) 32
8 11-6 J W Mullins Mr B O'Neill 114 100/1101.00
3 9-3150P White, dark blue hoops and armlets, dark blue and white hooped cap American Spin 74
10 11-6 L A Dace Mr Joshua Guerriero 122 100/1101.00
4 4-12323 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Beeves (IRE) 46
7 11-6 b D McCain Jnr Mr R O Harding 132 25/126.00
5 221423 Black, Emerald Green star, Emerald Green sleeves, Black stars, Black cap, Emerald Green star Firm Order (IRE) 20
9 11-6 p P R Webber Freddie Mitchell 129 25/126.00
6 1-21311 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Foxrock (IRE) 23
6 11-6 T M Walsh Ms K Walsh 143 3/14.00
7 P-51261 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Herdsman (IRE) 29
9 11-6 Mrs S J Smith R P McNamara 132 25/126.00
8 174F0U EMERALD GREEN, yellow sleeves, white cap, yellow spots Living Next Door (IRE) 45
8 11-6 A J Martin Mr J J Codd 126 33/134.00
9 4-22112 Purple and red diamonds, purple sleeves and cap Merlin's Wish 61
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-6 M Keighley Mr R P Quinlan 125 33/134.00
10 1-61U21 Dark blue, beige seams, beige and dark blue hooped sleeves and cap Midnight Prayer 31
9 11-6 A King Mr Joshua Newman 139 8/19.00
11 12-01F2 Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Milborough (IRE) 38
8 11-6 Tim Vaughan Mr B Gibbs 131 40/141.00
12 F34314 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Rogue Angel (IRE) 52
6 11-6 b M F Morris Mr S Clements 134 16/117.00
13 33-1321 Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 59
7 11-6 Miss E C Lavelle Mr Derek O'Connor 151 7/24.50
14 114-124 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 87
Beaten Favourite
7 11-6 pt Jonjo O'Neill Ms N Carberry 146 4/15.00
15 111-51 Red, yellow epaulets, striped cap Suntiep (FR) 38
8 11-6 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 136 9/110.00

Verdict

Plenty of these have already demonstrated their staying ability. Shotgun Paddy's victory in a Grade 3 handicap over 3m5f at Warwick in January is probably the best form but the runner-up disappointed next time and whether Emma Lavelle's charge will reproduce that effort on quicker ground is a concern, though Derek O'Connor is a good jockey booking having ridden Chicago Grey to victory in 2011. Last year's successful trainer/jockey partnership team up with Suntiep but his comparative lack of experience over fences may be a problem and Foxrock could prove the best of the Irish. Ted Walsh's gelding was second in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in December and has done little wrong since. He has the beating of Rogue Angel on Naas running in January. Jonjo O'Neill has trained the winner of this four times in the last 12 years so knows what it takes and SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR is a lot better than he showed when sent off favourite over 3m2f here in December. Placed over hurdles at last year's Festival, he's one of the few guaranteed to relish the drying ground and Nina Carberry can afford to take her time over this marathon trip. Midnight Prayer comfortably beat Adrenalin Flight in the autumn and won by a distance at Warwick last time so may prove the pick of the remainder.