Cheltenham

  • 13:45 Paddy Power Intermediate Handicap Hurdle2m 5f

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 30.40s
  • Off time: 13:45:18
13:45 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Double Ross (IRE) 14/1
2nd Close House 5/1
3rd Black Benny (IRE) 33/1
4th San Telm (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 13305-0 DARK BLUE, MAROON star, MAROON cap Secret Edge 190
4 11-12 A King R Thornton 140 25/126.00
2 31449-1 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Maller Tree 20
5 11-10 Mrs J Harrington B J Geraghty 138 10/111.00
3 F211-6R Royal Blue, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Royal Blue star Captain Sunshine 4
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-6 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 134 8/19.00
5 212/314- Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star Close House 249
5 11-5 D Pipe T Scudamore 133 5/16.00
6 61/52P-1 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Ruben Cotter (IRE) 194
6 11-3 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 131 4/15.00
7 02127-3 DARK BLUE, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, WHITE and YELLOW quartered cap Persian Snow (IRE) 30
Distance Winner
6 11-2 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 130 9/110.00
8 082-32F Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 25
6 11-2 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 130 14/115.00
9 1444-10 Dark blue and beige diabolo, dark blue sleeves, beige cap Zama Zama 30
Distance Winner
5 11-2 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 130 66/167.00
10 1306-18 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Black Benny (IRE) 79
7 11-2 t J P Broderick D E Mullins 130 33/134.00
12 126-604 YELLOW, DARK BLUE sash, WHITE cap Mart Lane (IRE) 42
Distance Winner
7 11-0 J J Hanlon B Hayes (5) 128 25/126.00
13 53511-7 DARK GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), striped sleeves Hada Men (USA) 22
7 11-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 128 10/111.00
14 2154-31 Black, Red sash, White sleeves and cap San Telm (IRE) 18
7 10-12 Mrs P Robeson T J O'Brien 126 16/117.00
15 013422 White, emerald green hoops, sleeves and cap Baresi (IRE) 7
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 10-11 J Long Mr H D Dunne (7) 125 14/115.00
18 3322-32 Pink and light blue (quartered), checked sleeves, light blue and pink quartered cap Cloudy Bob (IRE) 31
5 10-10 P G Murphy C Bolger 124 25/126.00
19 5/77561- Red, Black sash, sleeves and diamond on cap Staccato Valtat (FR) 211
6 10-6 J G M O'Shea Donal Fahy 120 50/151.00
20 F226- Maroon, Black armlets, Black cap Reggie Perrin 38
4 10-6 v P Phelan Matthew Batchelor 120 20/121.00
21 P852-PP Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Fishoutofwater (IRE) 13
8 10-3 Miss R Curtis P E Corbett (10) 117 33/134.00
22 60-22P0 Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap Psi (USA) 8
7 10-0 p G L Moore J E Moore 113 50/151.00
Non runners
493210-7Ifyouletmefinish (IRE)511-6J ScottR J Killoran134
1152-2125Beachdale Lad (IRE)511-1Mrs J HarringtonT P Treacy129
1611142-9Mister Dillon510-11N J HendersonJ McGrath125
1711Well Sharp410-11Jonjo O'NeillA P McCoy125

Verdict

Endless chances in an impenetrable-looking handicap but it's interesting to see Captain Sunshine out so quickly after his unusual refusal to race just four days ago. He's certainly one to note if jumping off here but Barry Geraghty enjoys a good record for Jessica Harrington and their representative, MALLER TREE, is taken to follow up a comfortable Naas success late last month. He's admittedly more exposed than many of these but sets a sound form standard and houses solid claims in a difficult punting puzzle. In contrast, there are plenty of unexposed sorts open to any amount of improvement, notably Close House, Ruben Cotter and Well Sharp, all of whom arrive on the back of notable absences. Irish raider Baresi shouldn't be discounted either as the consistent son of Milan turns up on the back of a very good Limerick effort just a week ago.