• 16:15 Cheltenham Festival Free Bets With Handicap Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £2,599 2nd £763 3rd £382 4th £191
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 2.37s
  • Off time: 16:19:51
16:15 Sedgefield Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Solway Dornal 3/1
2nd Samtheman 5/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 01F52U Dark Blue, Pink sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Cara Court (IRE) 9
Course Winner
8 11-12 p Miss J E Foster Mr J Dawson (5) 100 7/18.00
2 24-9456 Red, white stars, white and red chevrons on sleeves Samtheman 19
Distance Winner
9 11-12 Micky Hammond K Renwick 100 5/16.00
3 694812 Royal blue, white hollow box, white sleeves, royal blue armlets and diamond on white cap Ancient Times (USA) 28
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-9 p P A Kirby K James (3) 97 2/13.00
4 59-8411 Brown and royal blue (halved), halved sleeves, brown and royal blue hooped cap Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 44
Course and Distance Winner
8 11-8 W Amos B Harding 96 7/24.50
5 89430F Purple, pink star, pink and purple chevrons on sleeves, pink cap, purple star Western Bound (IRE) 98
Distance Winner
13 10-7 ht Mrs B Butterworth D C Costello 81 28/129.00
6 3224U2 Red, Light Blue star and sleeves Solway Dornal 7
Course Winner
9 10-4 p Miss L Harrison Grant Cockburn (5) 78 3/14.00


Ancient Times beat W Six Times comfortably at Ayr but failed to confirm the form a couple of weeks later from 8lb higher. He's gone up again and may prefer more testing conditions. Cara Court is well up to this level and isn't badly treated with his rider's claim taken into account while the in-form Prince Blackthorn should make a bold bid to complete a hat-trick at this modest level despite another rise in the weights. He holds Sametheman and Western Bound on recent form but SOLWAY DORNAL may prove too good in receipt of so much weight. He was having his first start since October when runner-up to Be Bop Boru at Newcastle last week and looks well enough treated to go one better.