Cheltenham

  • 15:50 Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase3m 110y

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 20.40s
  • Off time: 15:52:22
15:50 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Romford Pele (IRE) 9/4
2nd Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 331-112 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 39
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-8 bt P J Hobbs R Johnson 144 9/25.50
2 246-311 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap The Romford Pele (IRE) 110
7 11-8 b Miss R Curtis B J Geraghty 150 9/43.25
3 5P-141P Royal Blue, White Cross and sleeves, Blue cuffs, White cap, Blue hoop Up For An Oscar (IRE) 13
7 11-8 pt K C Bailey E Cookson 130 40/141.00
4 232221 Purple, Pink star, sleeves and star on cap Definite Ruby (IRE) 21
6 10-12 G Elliott J M Maguire 116 25/126.00
5 13/1118- Dark green, white hoops, dark green sleeves, red armlets, red cap Highland Retreat 220
Distance Winner
7 10-7 H Fry N D Fehily 10/111.91

Verdict

Lamb Or Cod won over track and trip in April and went on to land minor contests at Fakenham and Newton Abbot. But he was something to prove after finishing well beaten at the Devon course on his latest start. Up For An Oscar is also best watched after being pulled up in a handicap at Fontwell earlier this month but The Romford Pele finally got his head in front over fences in June and can make further progress over the coming months. He makes more appeal than Definite Ruby, who has shown her best form on much faster going. HIGHLAND RETREAT (NAP) is getting plenty of weight from her four rivals and made giant strides over hurdles last term, winning a Grade 2 over 3m at ascot in January. She wasn't beaten far in the Mares' Hurdle at the Festival here in March and could outclass these if jumping soundly.