• 16:55 Weatherite Novices' Chase2m 5f

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 16.40s
  • Off time: 16:55:53
16:55 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pantxoa (FR) 11/4
2nd Saint Roque (FR) 13/8


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31112P Purple, Pink stars, Mauve sleeves, Pink stars, Purple cap, Pink star Pantxoa (FR) 158
7 11-8 A King R Thornton 139 11/43.75
2 11-1513 White, Light Blue cross belts, White cap, Red spots Karinga Dancer 98
Beaten Favourite
8 11-5 t H Fry N D Fehily 140 6/42.50
3 651PFP Maroon, White chevron, White sleeves, Maroon stars, White cap, Maroon star Next Oasis (IRE) 158
Distance Winner
8 11-5 P Henderson Nick Scholfield 113 33/134.00
4 113F3P Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Saint Roque (FR) 33
Course and Distance Winner
8 11-0 t P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 13/82.62
5 F48549 Red, Grey hooped sleeves, Red cap, Grey star Wheelavher 6
8 10-7 t Miss C Dyson Gerard Tumelty 70 100/1101.00


Pantxoa has been waiting for quicker ground which he'll get here. Three times a winner last summer, he ran well to finish runner-up here in October then found the ground too soft at Wincanton. He'll be tough to beat but the concession of 8lb to SAINT ROQUE looks beyond him. Paul Nicholls' charge won a novice hurdle here in October and has competed at a much higher level than these rivals over timber. He makes his chasing debut but won on his only start between the flags and can begin his new career with a victory. Karinga Dancer was also a very useful hurdler and he has the benefit of experience over fences having won and been placed at Doncaster this season. The remaining pair have plenty to find.