Cheltenham

  • 16:40 Victoria Garaipen La Mejor Apuesta Juvenile Novices' Hurdle2m 110y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 57.00s
  • Off time: 16:44:03
16:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Simarian (IRE) 8/1
2nd Love And Glory (FR) 40/1
3rd Tobago Bay 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11 Emerald Green, White chevron, diamonds on sleeves Ruff Diamond (USA) 48
Distance Winner
3 11-6 A King R Thornton 7/24.50
2 12P14 White, Dark Green hoops, White sleeves, Dark Green armlets Simarian (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
3 11-6 Evan Williams Donal Fahy (5) 124 8/19.00
3 113 Dark Green, Royal Blue diamond Tobago Bay 18
Distance Winner
3 11-6 b Miss S West J Goldstein 123 20/121.00
4 1 Black, White hoop, Black sleeves, White stars Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 12
Distance Winner
3 11-2 Evan Williams Christian Williams 22/123.00
5 3431 Red and White stripes, Red sleeves, White spots Morestead (IRE) 13
3 11-2 p B G Powell G Lee 107 50/151.00
6 1 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Nine Stories (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
3 11-2 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 5/23.50
7 2122 Black and orange stripes, black sleeves, orange stars, orange cap Rory Boy (USA) 23
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
3 11-2 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 114 17/29.50
8 White, Mauve stars Amerigo (IRE) 119
3 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 11/43.75
9 02 Yellow and Royal Blue (quartered), diabolo on sleeves, striped cap Festival Dreams 89
3 10-12 Miss J S Davis S Durack 150/1151.00
10 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star London Times (IRE) 111
3 10-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 20/121.00
11 Purple, Royal Blue sleeves Love And Glory (FR) 10
3 10-12 G L Moore J E Moore 40/141.00
12 Yellow, Black triple diamond, Yellow cap, Black diamonds Zen Factor 148
3 10-12 J G Portman S P Jones (3) 100/1101.00

Verdict

RUFF DIAMOND is progressing all the time and gets the nod over Nine Stories and London Times. Alan King's progressive gelding comes here on the back of a facile win at Newton Abbott when he disposed of his rivals with little fuss. His jumping seems to be improving with each race and with this track likely to play into his strong-staying hoofs, he can carry his double penalty to victory. Also shouldering extra weight are Simarian and Tobago Bay, both of whom are closely rated; both look up against it taking on a higher class of opposition. That includes Nine Stories who ruthlessly disposed of Rory Boy last time at Perth and looks a fine recruit to this sphere; his trainer is in fine fettle at present. Rory Boy is now 7lbs better off but that may not be enough. The most interesting newcomers are Amerigo (second in Queen's Vase and rated highly) and London Times (not as highly rated but has joined a canny yard who won the race last year). A thrilling little race, with the improving Ruff Diamond taken to put in a more polished performance.