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12:30 Cheltenham

Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase (Class 2)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 1f 110y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Cross Country Good to Soft)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £20,000 added
  • Winner: £12,512
  • 2nd: £3,696
  • 3rd: £1,848
  • 4th: £924
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 42.50s
  • Off Time: 12:30:39
  • 4 Ran
1
Silk - Orange, dark blue star, orange sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap
Evs
  • Form F/111F-1
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-9

made all, not fluent 4th, shaken up and went clear flat, easily

2
Silk - Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves
9/1
  • Form 100-031
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 140

held up in touch in rear, not fluent 4 out, soon pushed along, went 3rd before 2 out, no impression and mistake last

3
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap
  • Form 5611-12
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 145

tracked leader, not fluent 15th, hit 3 out, ridden to close 2 out, no impression flat, no extra final 100 yards

4
Silk - Yellow, red star, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, orange cap
  • Form 2631-24
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-1

not always fluent, prominent until after 1st, chased leaders on outside, pecked 15th, mistake and stumbled 3 out, soon beaten, weakened next

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In depth

Verdict

Despite the small turnout, this is a fascinating and potentially-informative opener. Paul Nicholls saddled up-and-coming stayer Sam Winner to win last year's renewal and his Vivaldi Collonges looks a similar type. He's a half-brother to two winning chasers and gets weight from his three rivals so can't be ignored. KINGS PALACE beat Sausalito Sunrise by four lengths here last month. The runner-up is 7lb better off today but David Pipe's exciting novice, already a leading fancy for the RSA Chase, looked to have plenty in hand and can extend his unbeaten record over fences. Return Spring beat a subsequent winner at Exeter last time and often ran well here over hurdles but possibly lacks the class of some of the others.

Formwatch

Kings Palace (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 8th, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) sft in Nov beating Sausalito Sunrise (11-5) by 4l, 5 ran.

Return Spring (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway into 2nd before 4 out, soon challenged, every chance when not fluent 2 out, ridden between last 2, stayed on to lead narrowly near finish, won at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Nov beating Highland Retreat (10-7) by nk, 4 ran.

Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Held up in touch in rear, closed from 9th, went 2nd when not fluent 3 out, not fluent last 2, stayed on but unable to challenge, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Kings Palace (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) sft in Nov.

Vivaldi Collonges (FR) 4-1 (11-8) Prominent, led 6th, headed after next, mistake 4 out, no extra when hit last, 4th of 12, 15l behind Katkeau (10-7) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Nov.