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17:15 Cheltenham

Endsleigh Insurance Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)

  • 20 Runners
  • Distance: 3m
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £13,500 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 4.50s
  • Off Time: 17:16:11
  • 20 Ran
1
Silk - RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap
  • Form 623F11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 120

mid-division, headway 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before next

2
Silk - Mauve, Pink diamond, diamonds on sleeves and cap
  • Form 2-221
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 118

in touch, headway to join leaders after 3 out, ridden after next, one pace

3
Silk - EMERALD GREEN, RED cross belts, striped sleeves, RED cap
33/1
  • Form 1-4123P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 116

mid-division, ridden and headway after 3 out, one pace after next

4
Silk - Royal Blue, Light Blue diamond, armlets and diamond on cap
18/1
  • Form 747411
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 116

hit 6th, always towards rear

5
Silk - Emerald green, orange hoops, white cap
  • Form 32-213
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 115

mid-division, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, switched left approaching last, kept on same pace

6
Silk - Red, Emerald Green epaulets, diabolo on sleeves, Emerald Green cap
20/1
  • Form 6-3113P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 113

mid-division, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened

7
Silk - RED, WHITE star, striped sleeves, YELLOW cap
13/2
  • Form 1-1344
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 113

held up behind, steady progress after 3 out, hard ridden after next, 5th jumping last, stayed on strongly, led near finish

8
Silk - Yellow, Red hoops, Red sleeves, Yellow spots and spots on cap
12/1
  • Form 243134
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 113

in touch until 7th, soon ridden, behind from 9th, pulled up before 2 out

9
Silk - Red, Emerald Green star

So Now (IRE)

17 BFD
16/1
  • Form 1/4-5014
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 112

held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on, nearest finish

10
Silk - Mauve and Purple stripes, Purple sleeves, Mauve cap, Purple star
  • Form U6PF11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 112

took keen hold in rear, headway after 3 out, good run on inside after 2 out, led last, ridden and headed final 150 yards, no extra

11
Silk - Pink, Royal Blue chevron, Pink sleeves, Royal Blue stars and stars on cap
16/1
  • Form 326471
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 111

led until after 3rd, chased leaders until weakened after 3 out

12
Silk - WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap
3/1
  • Form 0-11131
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 118

mid-division, hit 3rd, ridden after 7th, some headway 2 out, weakened before last

13
Silk - Black and Yellow (halved), Yellow sleeves, quartered cap
28/1
  • Form 12-8217
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 110

chased leaders until weakened 3 out, tailed off, pulled up before last

14
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots
  • Form 43-F315
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 110

held up towards rear, steady headway from 3 out, ridden after 2 out, soon one pace, hung left flat

15
Silk - Yellow, Red hoops, spots on sleeves, hooped cap
20/1
  • Form 67-5191
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 109

always towards rear

16
Silk - Royal Blue, Emerald Green disc, quartered cap
  • Form 32146F
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 108

led after 3rd, ridden after 2 out, headed last soon hung left, no extra

17
Silk - Light Blue, Red star, Red sleeves, Light Blue stars, Red cap, Light Blue star
  • Form 442250
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 107

mid-division, hit 8th, weakened after 3 out

18
Silk - Mauve, Maroon chevron, Maroon and Mauve striped sleeves and cap

Seize

49 D
8/1
  • Form 672231
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 107

mid-division, headway 8th, every chance approaching 2 out, soon ridden, one pace approaching last

19
Silk - White, Black chevron, Black cap
  • Form 43222B
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 105

in touch, took closer order after 3 out, challenged last, led final 150 yards, caught near finish

20
Silk - Maroon, White epaulets and armlets, quartered cap
25/1
  • Form 3-4334P
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 105

chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened approaching last

In depth

Verdict

Mealagh Valley gets a tentative vote in a fiercely competitive finale. Scots Dragoon has to be considered as do the likes of Oberon Moon, Commander Vic and Sir Peter. The selection's chances will be boosted by the claim of his talented conditional whilst the step up to three miles looks sure to bring about some improvement. The form of his win at Ludlow hasn't really worked out but he could do no more than score and the form of his other two runs stands up. Scots Dragoon is a progressive handicapper who should still be ahead of the game but this requires another step forwards and comes hard on the heels of his run at Ascot. Oberon Moon finished 6 lengths in front of Commander Vic last time when racing off levels and there may not be a great deal to choose between the pair here whilst Sir Peter has the look of a dour stayer and won well enough last time. They are by no means the only contenders and support for Mealagh Valley can only be tentative.

Formwatch

Cave of The Giant (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Prominent, left in lead 8th, ridden clear after 3 out, pushed out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan beating Geography (9-11) by 23l, 12 ran.

Mealagh Valley (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, mistake 3 out, led 2 out, driven out, won at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Kate's Gift (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.

Oniphlaure (FR) 15-2 (11-9) In touch, ridden and weakened after 3 out, behind when pulled up 2 out in race won by Mister Pink (10-11) at Kempton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 13 ran.

Wheres Johnny 11-8fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden 3 out, kept on under pressure to lead close home, all out, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Forest Silver (11-2) by 1/2l, 7 ran.

Runthatpastmeagain (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Close up, went 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd and held when not fluent last, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Honour High (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.

Or Sing About (FR) 16-1 (11-8) Prominent, ridden after 8th, hit 3 out, weakening when pulled up 2 out in race won by Cryptic (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Jan, 7 ran.

Oberon Moon (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway after 8th, ridden to dispute 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 10l behind Quickbeam (11-4) at Taunton 3m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.

Foxspur (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) In touch, hit 4th, ridden 7th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 8, 30l behind Major Malarkey (10-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Feb.

So Now (IRE) 4-1fav (10-11) Held up, headway 8th, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 13, 12l behind Mister Pink (10-11) at Kempton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.

Lordsbridge (USA) 3-1fav (10-5) Held up behind, headway 4th, ridden approaching 2 out, led last, stayed on well, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating Rare Gold (11-1) by 8l, 14 ran.

Mister Pink 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 9th, headed and soon outpaced next, stayed on from 2 out, led flat, all out, won at Kempton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar beating Double Shot (11-2) by 1l, 13 ran.

Scots Dragoon 2-1fav (10-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, closed approaching last, driven ahead towards finish, won at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd beating Migwell (11-10) by 1/2l, 8 ran.

Rebel Melody (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) In touch, chased leaders 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 9, well behind Blaze Ahead (11-8) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.

Commander Vic (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, 5th and beaten when went left 2 out, 5th of 10, 16l behind Quickbeam (11-4) at Taunton 3m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.

Sir Peter (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Towards rear, ridden approaching 7th, switched left approaching last, hard ridden to lead close home, won at Exeter 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar beating Quattrocento (11-0) by 1l, 15 ran.

Killard Point (IRE) 10-3 (11-9) Led until fell at the 17th in race won by Fine By Me (10-6) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Mar, 5 ran.

No Greater Love (FR) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, brief effort 14th, soon beaten, 10th of 12, well behind Ashwell (11-7) at Ludlow 3m cnd hcp chs (5) gs in Jan.

Seize 5-2 (10-11) Held up, headway to chase leaders 9th, ridden 2 out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (5) gf in Feb beating The Accordion Man (11-4) by a nk, 14 ran.

Tisfreetdream (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, led after 3 out, edged right and headed after 2 out, beaten when brought down at the last in race won by South Bank (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar, 7 ran.

Galantos (GER) 15-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, steadied into mid-division, effort 7th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Pangbourne (10-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 17 ran.