Racecards

14:55 Cheltenham

Countryside Raceday Handicap Chase (Class B)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 58.80s
  • 5 Ran
1st
Silk -
1
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots
4/5
  • Form 402/212-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-12

held up in touch, headway 7th, mistake next, ridden after 4 out, led 2 out, headed soon after last, no extra flat

2
Silk - Orange, Black epaulets, Orange and Black hooped sleeves
11/2
  • Form 21131-3
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5

led, headed 6th, led again 8th until headed and not fluent next, ridden after 3 out, soon beaten

3
Silk - MAUVE and PINK check, WHITE sleeves

Davoski

13
3/1
  • Form 120/34-1
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-2

in touch, took closer order 8th, every chance when bad mistake 2 out, not recovered

4
Silk - Dark Blue, White diamond, White cap, Dark Blue spots
14/1
  • Form 32323-2
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-0

prominent early, lost place 5th, behind 3 out, rallied under pressure after next, led soon after last, ran on strongly flat

5
Silk - Emerald green, scarlet hooped sleeves and cap
12/1
  • Form 4F4/600-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-0

in touch and keen, joined leader 3rd, led 6th, headed 8th until led again next, mistake and headed 2 out, soon btn,fell last

In depth

Verdict

A small field, but nevertheless a competitive handicap chase over the minimum trip. Lady Cricket is 5lbs higher than her highest winning mark, which makes this a tough assignment for her, but if any trainer can squeeze further improvement out of her it is Martin Pipe. That said, she is arguably better over two and a half miles and would prefer softer ground than this, though she should still run a decent race here. This is the sort of race that Armaturk should be winning at the weights if he is to contest the Queen Mother Champion Chase later in the season. The five-year-old has some very useful form to his name, though he was a shade disappointing last time and is another who would probably like it softer. One who won't mind the ground is Davoski, who has won on all types and came up with the biggest win of his career at Ascot recently under Tony McCoy. Up 10lbs for that success, he is clearly fit and full of confidence and over his best trip he can defy that rise and gets the TEAMtalk vote to score again. Just Jasmine is a thoroughly consistent performer, who will undoubtedly run her race again. However, she is 6lbs out of the handicap even after the weights have been raised and with that in mind does not look quite up to winning this.