• 16:05 Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £10,635 2nd £3,142 3rd £1,571 4th £785
  • Going: Good; Cross Country Firm-Good to Firm in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 1.10s
  • Off time: 16:07:56
16:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Grands Crus (FR) 6/4
2nd Champion Court (IRE) 13/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2194-U1 Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 19
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 M Keighley P J Brennan 13/27.50
2 11242-1 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 34
Course WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 7/42.75
3 11111-2 Pink, White Chevron, White cap Dualla Lord (IRE) 20
Beaten Favourite
6 11-2 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 16/117.00
4 11122-6 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 146
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 t D Pipe T Scudamore 6/42.50
5 13220-2 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Sybarite (FR) 15
Beaten Favourite
5 11-2 b1 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 25/126.00
6 563234- Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 241
6 11-2 G L Moore J E Moore 133 33/134.00
7 440-373 ORANGE, BLACK epaulets Zaynar (FR) 27
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-2 p Nick Williams A P McCoy 12/113.00


Grand Crus, second to champion staying hurdler Big Bucks both here and at Aintree in the spring, should develop into one of the season's leading novice chasers if his jumping stands up to scrutiny but may have to give best over this trip to CUE CARD. Hugely impressive when making virtually all the running at Chepstow last month, Colin Tizzard's gelding has had the form of that success franked by both the second and third since and he's an exciting prospect. Champion Court won nicely at Aintree but his jumping still looks a little suspect under pressure, while prolific pointer Dualla Lord faces top-class opposition on his first start over fences under Rules. Sybarite was surprisingly beaten in a four-runner race at Stratford but should improve and makes more appeal than the disappointing Zaynar. Vino Griego should win races over fences but it will be a surprise if he's good enough in the grade.