Cheltenham

  • 13:50 Cheltenham Collection Sharp Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.80s
  • Off time: 13:51:05
13:50 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Cue Card 8/13
2nd Dunraven Storm (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 211112 ORANGE, purple cross belts, quartered cap Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 40
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-7 T O'Brien P Townend 11/112.00
2 11-1 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Cue Card 19
Course and Distance Winner
4 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 8/131.62
3 101-11 RED, WHITE chevron, hooped sleeves and cap Dunraven Storm (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
5 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 138 5/16.00
4 59-2311 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Far Away So Close (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
5 11-7 P Nolan D N Russell 134 18/119.00
5 4121-1 Maroon, Beige star, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green cap, Beige star King Of The Night (GER) 28
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls N D Fehily 15/28.50
6 4-13111 Maroon, Grey triple diamond and sleeves, Grey cap, Maroon diamonds Maska Pony (IRE) 30
Distance Winner
6 11-7 G M Moore G Lee 127 40/141.00
7 213-11 Black, white hoops, white sleeves, black stars, light green cap Owen Glendower (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
5 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 135 16/117.00
Non runners
8P5-0Valid Point (IRE)411-0J A B OldR Flint

Verdict

CUE CARD will be all-the-rage here and can justify his lofty reputation. The Champion Bumper winner was reported to have schooled well ahead of his much-anticipated hurdling bow at Aintree but, even allowing for that, the way he jumped was particularly impressive. Unsurprisingly for a horse who has won over 14 furlongs he travelled with great zest before putting the race to bed without breaking sweat, so we're not worried about the drop in trip, and there really is no telling how far he might go. Dunraven Storm wasn't in the same parish as our selection in the Champion Bumper but he's taken to hurdling exceptionally well and his extra experience may help bridge the gap but he'll be better when upped in trip and may prove just short of top-class along with Owen Glendower, who is a touch flattered by his BHA rating. Ballyadam Brook ran well in his attempt to give weight away at Tipperary and adds a fascinating angle to the race along with the unexposed King Of The Night.