Cheltenham

  • 13:35 Paddy Power Handicap Chase2m

  • Winner £28,152 2nd £8,316 3rd £4,158 4th £2,079
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 0.20s
  • Off time: 13:38:04
13:35 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Anay Turge (FR) 9/1
2nd Sew On Target (IRE) 12/1
3rd Eastlake (IRE) 7/1
4th Ballygarvey (FR) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 00218-7 Navy Blue, Gold braid Consigliere (FR) 13
Distance Winner
10 11-12 p D Pipe C O'Farrell 143 50/151.00
2 12113-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Eastlake (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
7 11-9 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 140 7/18.00
3 4-14221 White, dark blue hoop, yellow sleeves and cap Tindaro (FR) 42
Distance Winner
6 11-7 t P R Webber R P McLernon 138 25/126.00
4 61P115- Dark Blue, Yellow hollow box, Yellow cap Ballygarvey (FR) 222
Distance Winner
7 11-7 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 138 20/121.00
5 1P11-03 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Theatrical Star 20
7 11-4 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 135 16/117.00
6 41150-1 Dark Green, Light Blue hoop, Maroon sleeves, Light Blue cap Parsnip Pete 22
Distance Winner
7 11-2 T R George P J Brennan 133 17/29.50
7 31U21-9 Red, White hooped sleeves Shadows Lengthen 14
Distance Winner
7 11-1 M W Easterby Jake Greenall (3) 132 25/126.00
8 P404-P4 ORANGE, purple cross belts, quartered cap Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
9 11-1 T O'Brien P Townend 132 33/134.00
9 421712 Red, white epaulets, royal blue sleeves, white armlets, white cap De Faoithesdream (IRE) 37
Distance Winner
7 10-13 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 130 25/126.00
10 P4404-5 Yellow, Red spots Oh Crick (FR) 26
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-13 A King Mr Joshua Newman (7) 130 14/115.00
11 92706-7 Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Renard (FR) 27
Distance Winner
8 10-12 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 129 11/26.50
12 P5242-9 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Elenika (FR) 188
Distance Winner
5 10-12 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 129 8/19.00
13 4614-23 Red, Light Green star and star on cap Sew On Target (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
8 10-10 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 127 12/113.00
14 1-F1252 Red, Royal Blue cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap Anay Turge (FR) 19
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-10 pt N J Hawke M J Quinlan (3) 127 9/110.00
15 P0323-3 Royal Blue, White stars, Red sleeves Have You Seen Me (IRE) 167
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
10 10-10 t N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 127 9/110.00
16 2/03P-P6 Emerald Green, Black star Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
8 10-10 M Keighley T Siddall 127 16/117.00
17 P3P0-45 Maroon and White diabolo, White sleeves, quartered cap Gus Macrae (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
9 10-9 pt Miss R Curtis P E Corbett (5) 126 20/121.00

Verdict

EASTLAKE was a very progressive chaser last season and continued where he'd left off in the spring by beating Anay Turge on his reappearance at Aintree. We're loathe to desert Jonjo O'Neill's seven-year-old so, despite another career-high mark, he gets the nod ahead of Fontwell scorer Tindaro and Parsnip Pete, who won over hurdles at Southwell last month. Theatrical Star was third over 2m1f at Chepstow last time but is generally better over further and Joe Tizzard prefers stablemate Sew On Target. Oh Crick is well handicapped nowadays but his recent strike-rate is off-putting while De Faoithesdream was well beaten the last time he was tried in this higher grade. Ballygarvey beat Renard, Gus Macrae and Oh Crick at Chepstow in February but hasn't raced since April.