Cheltenham

  • 17:30 Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase 2m 4f 78y

  • Winner £39,865 2nd £14,959 3rd £7,490 4th £3,731
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 11.00s
  • Off time: 17:40:31
17:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Tully East (IRE) 8/1
2nd Gold Present (IRE) 14/1
3rd Two Taffs (IRE) 7/1
4th Powersbomb (IRE) 22/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 09-1211 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Zamdy Man 17
8 11-12 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 142 1001
2 11-0261 LIGHT BLUE, red stars, light blue sleeves, red cap Last Goodbye (IRE) 78
Distance Winner
6 11-10 Miss E Doyle S W Flanagan 140 1001
3 0-21172 Orange, emerald green stars, orange sleeves Double W's (IRE) 45
7 11-10 J M Jefferson B Hughes 140 1001
4 122-111 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Mixboy (FR) 70
7 11-10 K Dalgleish B P Harding 140 1001
5 F13511 Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Foxtail Hill (IRE) 45
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies William Twiston-Davies 140 1001
6 315233 White, black cap Hammersly Lake (FR) 64
Beaten Favourite
9 11-10 N J Henderson D J Mullins 140 1001
7 434311 Red, large Emerald Green spots, Grey sleeves, Red spots, Emerald Green and Red quartered cap Captain Redbeard (IRE) 24
Distance Winner
8 11-9 W Coltherd Sam Coltherd (5) 139 1001
8 0F1F1P Black, orange hoop Templehills (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
6 11-9 h N A Twiston-Davies D Crosse 139 1001
9 153-31P Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Bun Doran (IRE) 52
Distance Winner
6 11-9 T R George A P Heskin 139 1001
10 531411 Black, pink star, light blue sleeves, pink cap Killiney Court (IRE) 135
Distance Winner
8 11-9 t H de Bromhead M P Fogarty 139 1001
11 3-15133 Dark blue, maroon striped sleeves Its'afreebee (IRE) 42
Beaten Favourite
7 11-9 pt D Skelton Harry Skelton 139 1001
12 70U1F2 Black, yellow disc and armlets, white cap Powersbomb (IRE) 44
Distance Winner
7 11-8 h Brian M McMahon Mr J J Codd 138 1001
13 164-162 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Tully East (IRE) 23
7 11-8 A Fleming D F O'Regan 138 1001
14 311216 Dark blue, red chevron, armlets and diamond on cap Relentless Dreamer (IRE) 95
Distance Winner
8 11-8 pt Miss R Curtis P Townend 138 1001
15 1-13412 Orange, black chevron and sleeves, quartered cap Deans Road (IRE) 163
Distance Winner
8 11-8 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 138 1001
16 P60-152 YELLOW, PURPLE hoops and armlets, hooped cap Gold Present (IRE) 17
Beaten Favourite
7 11-7 N J Henderson J McGrath 137 1001
17 1-17223 Dark blue and white diabolo, emerald green and white check sleeves, white cap, red star Two Taffs (IRE) 31
Distance Winner
7 11-7 pt D Skelton D N Russell 137 1001
18 1F0-234 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Tennessee (IRE) 78
9 11-7 b1 C L Tizzard T J O'Brien 137 1001
19 P360-51 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap All Hell Let Loose (IRE) 282
Distance Winner
8 11-7 t H de Bromhead B J Cooper 137 1001
20 1F2/214 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Burtons Well (IRE) 45
Distance Winner
8 11-7 Miss V Williams Charlie Deutsch (3) 137 1001

Betting

Forecast

Foxtail Hill (6/1), Two Taffs (7/1), Burtons Well (8/1), Tully East (8/1), Bun Doran (10/1), Its'afreebee (11/1), Zamdy Man (12/1), All Hell Let Loose (14/1), Gold Present (14/1), Sizing Tennessee (14/1), Double W's (16/1), Hammersly Lake (16/1), Mixboy (16/1), Captain Redbeard (22/1), Last Goodbye (22/1), Powersbomb (22/1), Deans Road (33/1), Killiney Court (33/1), Relentless Dreamer (40/1), Templehills (66/1)

Verdict

This looks wide-open with only 5lb separating top weight Zamdy Man from bottom weight and stablemate Burtons Well. FOXTAIL HILL will be among the market leaders but it’s difficult not to make a case for the hat-trick seeker, even though he’s gone up a further 7lb since winning a Grade 3 here in January. Gold Present appeared to run well behind Frodon at Kempton but all of his form is on much easier tracks. Bun Doran was stopped in his tracks by a bad mistake at Haydock last time and pulled up but could reverse that form today with eventual third Its'afreebee and makes more appeal than Double W's and Mixboy over this trip. Two Taffs could be an each-way bet in first-time cheekpieces but the Irish have a poor record in this and none of their six entries this year are likely to buck the trend. Henry De Bromhead runs three with Killiney Court possibly the pick of his trio.