• 12:40 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase2m 5f

  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 44.70s
  • Off time: 12:42:35
12:40 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vino Griego (FR) 25/1
2nd Renard D'irlande (FR) 11/2
3rd Battle Group 20/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 8P-2F1 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Rajdhani Express 31
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-12 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen (5) 142 4/15.00
2 P-231P Dark Green, White stars, White and Red striped sleeves, White cap, Red star Ackertac (IRE) 35
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 p N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 137 40/141.00
3 20-352 Black, Black and Pink check cap Gullinbursti (IRE) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-6 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 136 6/17.00
4 1-5812 Red, large Black spots, Black cap Johns Spirit (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 133 7/24.50
5 2265F0 Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap Battle Group 14
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8 11-1 b D Pipe T Scudamore 131 20/121.00
6 442F2 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 20
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8 10-12 v G L Moore J E Moore 128 25/126.00
7 66711 RED, WHITE chevron and armlets, striped cap McMurrough (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-10 J M Jefferson Harry Haynes 126 33/134.00
8 13F213 Red, dark green sleeves, white armlets, white cap, red spots Sizing Santiago (IRE) 30
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-10 pt P Bowen R Johnson 126 16/117.00
9 50P-61 Dark Blue, Yellow hollow box, Yellow cap Ballygarvey (FR) 22
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7 10-9 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 125 12/113.00
10 3-32P2 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Theatrical Star 25
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7 10-9 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 125 10/111.00
11 115351 Red, White sleeves, Black stars, White cap Bennys Mist (IRE) 19
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7 10-9 Miss V Williams S Thomas 125 14/115.00
12 P-234 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE spots Renard D'irlande (FR) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-8 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 124 11/26.50
13 2-62F1 Red, Light Green star and star on cap Sew On Target (IRE) 18
Nag me
8 10-4 C L Tizzard Nick Scholfield 120 25/126.00


RAJDHANI EXPRESS has been raised 13lb for his facile victory at Kempton but looks capable of going higher than his 142 rating over fences and is taken to concede weight with Sam Waley-Cohen's claim a major bonus. Gullinbursti appeared to be undone by the heavy conditions at Exeter and wouldn't want it any softer but Malcolm Jefferson loves his trips to Cheltenham and the tough Mcmurrough should go well. Johns Spirit made early mistakes before staying on strongly at Sandown and has to be of interest with a better round while Ballygarvey was so impressive on only his second start over fences at Lingfield that he enters the equation.