Cheltenham

  • 14:40 David Johnson Memorial Intermediate Handicap Hurdle2m 5f

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places; Cross country: Good.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 11.10s
  • Off time: 14:40:30
14:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Thomas Crapper 16/1
2nd Angles Hill (IRE) 33/1
3rd Whisper (FR) 11/2
4th Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/14141- Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Whisper (FR) 212
Course and Distance Winner
5 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 137 11/26.50
2 463/12- Purple, grey epaulets, halved sleeves Milborough (IRE) 302
Distance Winner
7 11-10 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 135 66/167.00
3 1313-U1 Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap God's Own (IRE) 11 (ex7)
Distance Winner
5 11-10 T R George P J Brennan 128 12/113.00
4 1253-13 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Handazan (IRE) 27
Beaten Favourite
4 11-9 p A King R Thornton 134 25/126.00
5 51315-3 Black and red check, black sleeves, red spots Kaylif Aramis 20
Distance Winner
6 11-9 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 134 14/115.00
6 211- DARK BLUE and WHITE diabolo, hooped sleeves, RED cap Top Gamble (IRE) 286
5 11-8 D Pipe C O'Farrell 133 9/25.50
7 15-11 Yellow, blue stars on body Killala Quay 34
6 11-7 C E Longsdon N D Fehily 132 11/112.00
8 5281-23 Red, Royal Blue stars, White sleeves and cap Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 19
6 11-5 P J Hobbs R Johnson 130 25/126.00
9 4U4545- Emerald Green, Purple armlets Free To Dream (IRE) 228
6 11-5 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 130 33/134.00
10 2/21- RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Atlantic Roller (IRE) 374
Distance Winner
6 11-5 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 130 16/117.00
11 3417P-1 Maroon, yellow braces, maroon sleeves, yellow stars, maroon cap, yellow star Thomas Crapper 27
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-3 R Dickin C Poste 128 16/117.00
12 1181-63 Light blue, white epaulets, halved sleeves, red cap Kellys Brow (IRE) 170
Distance Winner
6 11-2 B Pauling D Bass 127 100/1101.00
13 13652-8 White, Red and Black striped sleeves Hold Court (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
6 11-0 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 125 16/117.00
14 13/4418- Pink and Primrose (halved), sleeves reversed, Pink cap Scarlet Fire (IRE) 221
6 10-13 N G Richards D N Russell 124 40/141.00
15 1422-1 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Warden Hill (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
5 10-13 M R Channon D Elsworth 124 12/113.00
16 4341-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Upswing (IRE) 22
5 10-13 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 124 5/16.00
17 1126- Pink, Royal Blue cap One Conemara (IRE) 216
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 10-12 N J Henderson A Tinkler 123 14/115.00
18 5711-9 Mauve, Mauve and White check sleeves, White cap Watered Silk 48
5 10-10 Mrs L Wadham L P Aspell 121 66/167.00
19 23236-1 Purple, Pink epaulets, Pink sleeves, Purple armlets, quartered cap Angles Hill (IRE) 52
6 10-9 R Woollacott T J O'Brien 120 33/134.00
20 5P211-P Black, Light Blue hoops, check cap Decimus (IRE) 19
6 10-8 J Scott Nick Scholfield 119 40/141.00

Verdict

This is a very competitive handicap as several of these have already won races this term. God's Own made amends for an unlucky run at Chepstow when winning at Kempton earlier this month but now carries a penalty. Killala Quay steps out of novice company for the first time in pursuit of his hat-trick while Warden Hill also makes his first appearance in a handicap. Upswing tries his luck at a higher level, as does Angles Hill, but Thomas Crapper won a decent contest over track and trip last month and may have improved over the summer. Robin Dickin's charge was pulled up at Sandown in March, however, in a Listed race in which WHISPER finished fourth. The top weight went on to beat the useful Valdez here, with the pair clear of the third, and could eventually prove a cut above these. Top Gamble and Atlantic Roller are others with scope while Kaylif Aramis was a good third at Chepstow when finishing ahead of Hold Court. He makes more appeal than Handazan over this trip.