Cheltenham

  • 16:00 CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup3m 2f 110y

  • Winner £23,984 2nd £7,492 3rd £3,744 4th £1,872
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 15.30s
  • Off time: 16:02:46
16:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Salsify (IRE) 2/1
2nd Divine Intavention (IRE) 50/1
3rd Cottage Oak (IRE) 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11111-1 Light blue, orange epaulets, light blue and grey check cap Backstage (FR) 12
Course Winner
11 12-0 t G Elliott Mr J J Codd 132 12/113.00
2 UFPP61 Yellow, black chevron, black and yellow check sleeves Benedictus (IRE) 15
8 12-0 Miss J Western Mikey Ennis 120 66/167.00
3 7/1123-1 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Chapoturgeon (FR) 58
Course Winner
9 12-0 R Barber Mr J Barber 140 9/25.50
4 22-1732 Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Coombe Hill 43
Course Winner
12 12-0 Miss C Tizzard Mr D Edwards 117 50/151.00
5 P41111 Brown, Green diamond and sleeves, Orange cap Cottage Oak (IRE) 27
10 12-0 J J O'Shea Mr P Gerety 134 9/110.00
6 111/16-1 Pink, black triple diamond, striped sleeves and diamonds on cap Creevytennant (IRE) 40
Course Winner
9 12-0 F O'Brien Conor Shoemark 133 25/126.00
7 1F-2P12 Scarlet, black sleeves, maroon cap Current Exchange (IRE) 27
8 12-0 p1 Mrs S Crow Mr Tom David 117 66/167.00
8 15/2-411 White, Light Green cross belts, Royal Blue and White hooped sleeves, Light Green and Royal Blue quartered cap Dante's Storm 23
Distance Winner
11 12-0 t A Hill Mr P York 129 16/117.00
9 1U1221 Royal blue, yellow star, halved sleeves and star on cap Divine Intavention (IRE) 19
9 12-0 Miss F Moller Mr M Wall 122 50/151.00
10 11-1181 Yellow and light blue diabolo, yellow sleeves, light blue armlets and diamond on cap Doctor Kingsley 26
Course Winner
11 12-0 Mrs P Harkin Mr P Mann 125 40/141.00
11 111-951 Black, maroon striped sleeves Earth Dream (IRE) 34
10 12-0 J P Ferguson Mr James Ferguson 129 66/167.00
12 P6-311P Maroon, Yellow hoops and armlets Faasel (IRE) 26
12 12-0 b J Heard Mr M Heard 138 40/141.00
13 P-22111 BLACK, WHITE cross belts, BLACK cap, RED diamond Galant Nuit (FR) 19
Course Winner
9 12-0 Rees Murphy M P Fogarty 123 16/117.00
14 63P111 Black, Red cross belts and armlets, quartered cap Hoopy (IRE) 20
Course Winner
11 12-0 bt D Brace Mr B Gibbs 120 66/167.00
15 4-FFPP3 LIGHT BLUE, maroon seams, striped cap Keenan's Future (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
12 12-0 p S Rea Mr R Hodges 113 100/1101.00
16 3P2-1P2 Emerald green, orange chevrons, halved sleeves, orange cap Louis Pasteur (IRE) 19
8 12-0 b D Drake Mr R G Henderson 120 100/1101.00
17 7-3733P Emerald green, black chevrons, quartered cap Merchant Royal (IRE) 34
9 12-0 t1 D M Christie Mr B O'Neill 133 50/151.00
18 231-120 Purple, emerald green cross of lorraine, striped sleeves, emerald green cap, white star Oscar Delta (IRE) 34
10 12-0 J J Mangan Miss Jane Mangan 127 20/121.00
19 PPP-611 Red, Grey sleeves, Emerald Green cap Radetsky March (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
10 12-0 Miss S Duckett Mr S Drinkwater 120 25/126.00
21 1F-1221 Dark green, grey epaulets, striped cap Salsify (IRE) 34
Course and Distance Winner
8 12-0 R Sweeney Mr C J Sweeney 140 2/13.00
22 11-12F1 Orange, white hooped sleeves, orange cap, white spots That's Rhythm (FR) 35
13 12-0 Miss S Duckett Mr Nicholas Wakefield 128 20/121.00
23 9P5F/12 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Tricky Trickster (IRE) 26
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
10 12-0 P F Nicholls Mr S Clements 132 10/111.00
24 111-121 White, red chevrons, dark green sleeves and cap What A Laugh 12
8 12-0 G Hanmer Mr G Brewer 122 33/134.00
Non runners
2011-4142Rumbury Grey1012-0S FlookMr R Jarrett123

Verdict

Luck and jockeyship always play a part in this but last year's first and second, Salsify and CHAPOTURGEON, have to go on the short-list again. We fancy the runner-up to reverse the form this season as Jack Barber possibly held up the grey too far off the pace last year and he used up a lot of energy in just getting to Rodger Sweeney's charge at the last. A second successive victory in a normally informative Newbury hunter chase should have blown away any cobwebs. Salsify won at Leopardstown last month, however, and arrives in good form again while last year's third Oscar Delta couldn't be ruled out despite running a shocker in that Leopardstown race. Cottage Oak is highly regarded and slammed Current Exchange by 13 lengths at Haydock but the ground may be too soft for Dante's Storm, who pulled clear of Rumbury Grey over this trip at Doncaster, and the once-useful Tricky Trickster was surprisingly beaten at Ffos Las last time. That's Rhythm may have had his chance and prolific Irish pointer Backstage hasn't shown anything like the same form under Rules and Divine Intavention is a much better horse on fast ground.