• 15:45 British Stallion Studs E.B.F. National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f

  • Winner £7,507 2nd £2,218 3rd £1,109 4th £554
  • Going: Good (Cross Country: Good, Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 26.90s
  • Off time: 15:51:53
15:45 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ballyalton (IRE) 11/4
2nd Garde La Victoire (FR) 7/4
3rd Cocktails At Dawn 5/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 111/2-11 Light green, royal blue and light green hooped sleeves, white cap Ballyalton (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
6 11-8 Ian Williams A P McCoy 140 11/43.75
2 110-11 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Doctor Harper (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
5 11-8 D Pipe T Scudamore 140 11/43.75
3 1-11 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Garde La Victoire (FR) 23
Distance Winner
4 11-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson 135 7/42.75
4 91-58 Yellow, Maroon triple diamond Ballyhooley Boy (IRE) 21
6 10-12 R Dickin C Poste 66/167.00
5 F/4- Purple, Red epaulets Cocktails At Dawn 359
Beaten Favourite
5 10-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 5/16.00
6 6-294 Red, grey hoop, dark blue sleeves Fond Memory (IRE) 21
5 10-12 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 33/134.00
7 40-987 Black, brown stars, black sleeves and cap Ghost Of A Smile (IRE) 14
5 10-12 Ian Williams W T Kennedy 66/167.00
8 U512-43 Black, light blue striped sleeves Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 18
5 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 33/134.00
9 06 EMERALD GREEN, ORANGE sash and sleeves, WHITE cap Modeligo (IRE) 30
4 10-12 M Sheppard Mr J M Ridley (7) 150/1151.00


Ballyalton looked a smart novice when getting the better of the well-touted Oscar Rock at Newcastle but that race was over 2m6f and, though he has won over this trip, he could find himself getting outpaced here. GARDE LA VICTOIRE is still to taste defeat after one bumper run and a couple of starts over hurdles. He is still a bit keen but there should be a decent pace in this and he could hardly have been more impressive at Warwick last time when beating an odds-on shot that had won its previous start. The four-year-old can beat older rivals here which include Doctor Harper, already successful twice at Exeter. Cocktails At Dawn ran well in what has turned out to be a highly informative contest at Newbury almost a year ago and is worth monitoring for future reference with Hawaii Five Nil probably the pick of the remainder.