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17:05 Cheltenham

Cheltenham Club Open Hunters' Chase (Class 5)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 62y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £2,965
  • 2nd: £931
  • 3rd: £466
  • 4th: £232
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 11.20s
  • Off Time: 17:07:31
  • 7 Ran
1
Silk - Dark blue, red diamond, red and dark blue halved sleeves, dark blue and red quartered cap
  • Form 232242-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 132

prominent on outside, mistake 3rd, led narrowly 9th, headed before 3 out, ridden and outpaced by front pair before next, weakened last

3
Silk - Light blue and maroon (quartered), hooped sleeves, maroon and light blue quartered cap
9/2
  • Form 36/23U2-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 117

with leader to before 9th, outpaced 4 out, chased front pair between last 2, stayed on into 2nd flat, no chance with winner

4
Silk - Mauve, Purple star, Purple sleeves, Mauve stars, Purple cap, Mauve star
11/4
  • Form 34P231-
  • Age 13
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 104

led to 9th, remained prominent, led again 2 out, ridden clear before last, stayed on well

5
Silk - Orange, black cross of lorraine, black sleeves, orange armlets, black cap
100/1
  • Form PP3PPU-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 89

in rear, lost touch when hit 8th, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up

6
Silk - Light blue, royal blue stars, checked sleeves, hooped cap
150/1
  • Form RPPPP8-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 69

held up in touch, 6th and under pressure when fell 4 out

7
Silk - Orange and black check, orange cap
4/1
  • Form F31/P51-
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 115

tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, led before 3 out, headed next, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with winner when lost 2nd flat

8
Silk - Beige and black (quartered), beige sleeves
33/1
  • Form 4P/1P43-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 94

tracked leaders, hit 10th, ridden after 4 out, stayed on to take 4th at last, no chance with leaders

2
NR

Red Inca

11 D
20/1
  • Form 0P6431-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 92

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Gustave Mahler, a useful hurdler, was 0-6 over fences in novice company last year but is having a first run in a hunter chase and has to be respected, despite a lay-off. Willem won by 30 lengths between the flags last month but has a poor strike-rate under Rules. SAM CAVALLARO is now a teenager but won this in in 2015 and 2016 and has been placed in both subsequent renewals. He proved his well-being at Chaddesley Corbett last month and Bryan Carver is good value for his 7lb claim.

Formwatch

Gustave Mahler (IRE) 7-4 (11-8) Tracked leading pair, led 3rd, jumped slowly and briefly headed 9th (water), joined last, headed soon after, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Sumkindofking (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) gf in Oct.

Saffron Wells (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) (cp) led; wl clr 13-3 out; hdd & wknd last, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Herbert Park (11-2) at Upcott Cross 3m gs in Apr.

Sam Cavallaro (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) (cp) led 3; rdn clr aft 3 out; held on wl, won at Chaddesley Corbett 2m 4f gd in Apr beating Hafajay (12-0) by 2l, 3 ran.

The Winningtipster Evens (12-0) (cp) led 5 til blun & ur 3 out, at Badbury Rings 3m mdn gd in Apr.

Western Dream 33-1 (12-0) (bl) (tt) hdwy 7; wknd 10; t.o, 8th of 13, dist behind Celtic Silver (12-0) at Mollington 2m 4f gd in Apr.

Willem (FR) 2-1 (12-0) won at Kingston St Mary 3m gd in Apr beating Gingili (12-7) by 30l, 3 ran.

Dissertation 66-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, hit 6th and lost place, behind 10th, mistake and left remote 3rd 4 out, 3rd of 6, dist behind Arthur's Secret (12-6) at Ludlow 2m 4f (4) gs in Mar.

Red Inca 8-1 (12-0) Prsd ldr 12 til wknd aft 3 out; lft solo last, won at Paxford 3m gd in Apr