Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy 2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places, Cross Country Good,Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 52.20s
  • Off time: 14:05:25
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sizing Europe (IRE) 6/1
2nd Somersby (IRE) 4/1
3rd Osana (FR) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11P/1F1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 E P Harty A P McCoy 156 5/23.50
2 111U52 WHITE, black and royal blue hooped sleeves, black and royal blue striped cap Fosters Cross (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 T Mullins D N Russell 135 50/151.00
3 1201-11 Black, Black and Pink check cap Kangaroo Court (IRE) 150
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle Jack Doyle 142 22/123.00
4 1/118-13 Yellow, white cross of lorraine, white and yellow hooped sleeves, emerald green cap Mad Max (IRE) 38
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-7 N J Henderson P Carberry 144 25/126.00
5 20-1123 Light Blue, Royal Blue hoop, armlets and cap Osana (FR) 30
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-7 p1 E J O'Grady A J Mcnamara 150 14/115.00
6 1119-11 Purple, white sleeves, emerald green cap Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 26
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 W P Mullins P Townend 143 22/123.00
7 114-311 Red and White diamonds, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Riverside Theatre 79
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 154 7/18.00
8 5-41111 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 80
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-7 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 157 6/17.00
9 1333-11 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 101
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 Miss H C Knight R Thornton 153 4/15.00
10 2/211-12 Red, emerald green hoops and sleeves, red cap Sports Line (IRE) 51
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-7 W P Mullins R Walsh 147 17/29.50
11 2/1111-1 White, Crimson hoops, Black cap Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 145 25/126.00
12 12-1212 Maroon, White sleeves, Maroon and White quartered cap I'm Delilah 38
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-0 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 138 25/126.00

Verdict

There is little to choose between Irish challengers Captain Cee Bee and Sizing Europe on their running at Leopardstown in December when the former had every chance until falling at the last and both have solid claims here, but marginal preference is for SOMERSBY. Henrietta Knight's gelding was capable over hurdles, running third in last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle and stepped up on his debut win over fences at Warwick in November when running out the good looking winner of the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown in December on his most recent start. There is probably a lot more to come from the six-year-old over fences and he can win again. Nicky Henderson's Mad Max is a giant of a horse who always looked as though he would do better over fences than over hurdles but he needs to improve on previous form to trouble the judge. Stable companion Riverside Theatre looks to be going the right way but this is tougher than the Grade 2 race that he won at Kempton last time and of more interest may be Sports Line. The Willie Mullins-trained gelding found just one too good in this grade at Leopardstown in January and has to be considered, while Eddie O'Grady's Osana has done little wrong but seems held by Sizing Europe on Leopardstown form in December.