Cheltenham

  • 16:00 Byrne Group Plate 2m 5f

  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 8.10s
  • Off time: 16:00:32
16:00 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Holmwood Legend 25/1
2nd Aimigayle 25/1
3rd Beautiful Sound (IRE) 9/2
4th Consigliere (FR) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P-36317 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Tatenen (FR) 19
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-12 R Rowe A Thornton 147 33/134.00
2 337-406 Navy Blue, Gold braid Consigliere (FR) 68
8 11-10 bt D Pipe T Scudamore 145 20/121.00
4 18-1853 Red, Yellow sash, Brown sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Edgbriar (FR) 40
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-6 p P R Webber D Elsworth 141 14/115.00
5 U22415 Dark Green, Red chevron, chevrons on sleeves, Dark Green cap, Red diamond Hollo Ladies (IRE) 40
6 11-4 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 139 9/110.00
6 0P-234P White, large Red spots and armlets, Red and White quartered cap Piraya (FR) 19
Distance Winner
8 11-3 pt D Pipe J W Farrelly 138 33/134.00
7 P/5460-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Aigle D'or 111
Course and Distance Winner
8 11-3 N J Henderson A P McCoy 138 11/26.50
8 31PP-45 White, black cap You're The Top (FR) 138
Beaten Favourite
7 11-2 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 137 16/117.00
9 196611 Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 10 (ex5)
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-2 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 132 7/18.00
10 3F-1206 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE star Matuhi 12
Distance Winner
8 11-0 t D Pipe C O'Farrell (5) 135 16/117.00
11 U10-F81 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Gansey (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
9 11-0 Mrs S J Smith P Buchanan 135 25/126.00
12 761-419 Light Green, Dark Blue epaulets, Yellow and Dark Blue hooped sleeves and cap Call Me A Legend 40
Beaten Favourite
7 11-0 A King R Thornton 135 20/121.00
13 5152F1 Yellow, Orange star, Orange sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap, Orange star Holmwood Legend 5 (ex5)
Distance Winner
10 10-9 P R Rodford K Burke (3) 125 25/126.00
14 0UP112 Red, grey cap Peplum (FR) 5
Beaten Favourite
8 10-8 G L Moore J E Moore 129 18/119.00
15 P-4136U Light Blue, Dark Blue chevrons, halved sleeves, Light Blue and Dark Blue quartered cap Just Smudge 14
9 10-7 Miss V Williams S Thomas 128 33/134.00
16 1U0/42-P Emerald Green, Red and Light Blue hooped sleeves, quartered cap Aimigayle 40
Distance Winner
8 10-6 Miss S Smith C Bolger 127 25/126.00
17 6-57149 Red, Yellow star, halved sleeves and star on cap Plein Pouvoir (FR) 12
Distance Winner
8 10-6 Miss V Williams R T Dunne (5) 127 50/151.00
18 11/191 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Beautiful Sound (IRE) 60
9 10-6 G Elliott J M Maguire 127 9/25.50
19 52-1786 Yellow, Dark Green armlets, Dark Green and White striped cap Storymaker 31
Distance Winner
10 10-5 Miss S E Forster P Aspell 126 100/1101.00
20 674372 Yellow, Dark Blue triple diamond and armlets Bible Lord (IRE) 36
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
10 10-5 Andrew Turnell Nick Scholfield 126 20/121.00
21 111224 Dark blue, grey star and star on cap I'm A Legend 26
Distance Winner
9 10-4 p N P Mulholland M J Quinlan (7) 125 20/121.00
Non runners
3423P/15Crescent Island (IRE)811-6N A Twiston-DaviesP J Brennan141

Verdict

Venetia Williams normally aims one at this and has three entered this year. The pick of the trio looks to be QUARTZ DE THAIX, who has really come into his own since tackling fences. The Ragmar gelding won on his debut over the larger obstacles at Hereford and routed a decent field of novices at Newton Abbot 10 days ago. This is an obvious step up in class and he has a 5lb penalty to carry but the seven-year-old is still on a 5lb lower mark than when scoring over hurdles at Aintree in November and will probably never be as well handicapped again. Hollo Ladies is another novice with decent claims and may appreciate the drop in distance having tired quickly over 3m1f at Wetherby last time. Gansey returned to form at Newcastle last month but was a long way behind Crescent Island at Wetherby previously. Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge was far from disgraced when fifth in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton subsequently and may be the best of those at the head of the weights. Aigle D'Or doesn't stand much racing but beat Matuhi over a shorter trip at Newbury in November while Beautiful Sound has won at Punchestown and Fairyhouse this season and still has the scope for further improvement.