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14:10 Cheltenham

Messier-dowty Landing Gear Novices' Hurdle (Class 2)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £17,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 6.00s
  • Off Time: 14:11:18
  • 9 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
12/1

    3rd
    Silk -
    2/1

      1
      Silk - White, Purple hooped sleeves and cap

      Aachen

      34 D
      2/1
      • Form 1110
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-8
      • Official Rating 140

      chased leaders, hit 3 out, effort and hit 2 out, weakened and left 3rd last

      2
      Silk - EMERALD GREEN and RED diabolo, WHITE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN diamonds, WHITE cap, RED diamond
      • Form 511P0
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-4
      • Official Rating 137

      in touch on inside, headway to chase leaders 3 out, went 2nd soon after 2 out, weakened last

      3
      Silk - White, Emerald Green hoops, White sleeves, Emerald Green stars, Black cap
      • Form 491
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-4

      always behind, struggling 3 out, tailed off

      4
      Silk - Black, Yellow epaulets, Black sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap
      12/1
      • Form 141222
      • Age 7
      • Weight 11-4
      • Official Rating 125

      held up in rear, steady headway between last 2, left poor 2nd last

      6
      Silk - BLACK and WHITE diamonds, diabolo on sleeves
      33/1
      • Form 2-5410
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-4
      • Official Rating 112

      behind from 4th, ridden and struggling 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next

      7
      Silk - BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap
      15/8
      • Form 1-1214
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-4
      • Official Rating 139

      made all, drew well clear between last 2, kept on strongly, unchallenged

      8
      Silk - Dark Green, Orange star and star on cap
      200/1
      • Form 0-0
      • Age 6
      • Weight 11-0

      behind, hit 3rd, driven after 5th, soon lost touch, pulled up after 3 out

      9
      Silk - Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe

      Gold Award

      29 BFD
      7/1
      • Form 119-12
      • Age 6
      • Weight 11-0
      • Official Rating 118

      steadied in touch, hit 3 out, blundered 2 out, ridden and disputing 6 lengths down in 2nd when fell last

      10
      Silk - Gold, aquamarine cross of lorraine and sleeves
      • Form 3F1
      • Age 4
      • Weight 10-13
      • Official Rating 125

      chased leader, hit 4th, soon ridden, weakened after 3 out

      5
      NR

      Proper (IRE)

      25 t D
      • Form 11
      • Age 5
      • Weight 11-4
      • Official Rating 131

      Nonrunner

      Previous results

      In depth

      Verdict

      AACHEN is preferred to Gold Award and Tataniano. The rain that has hit Prestbury Park will have been most welcome for connections and as handicaps look a tricky proposition for this 140-rated hurdler, the option to take on novices under a penalty has proved merely academic. Gold Award is sure to be popular given Nicky Henderson's form at Cheltenham this year. Bred with the flat in mind, he appears to need genuinely good ground. Tataniano made all to take a contest at Exeter before being comprehensively outclassed by Diamond Harry over further. Proper has done nothing wrong over hurdles and seems a progressive novice. Enfant De Lune has two disappointments to climb back from. Postmaster has made hay against weaker opposition while Nothing's Easy lowered the colours of Conflictofinterest at Kempton. Unfortunately that rival has run lamentably again when tried at Aintree since. Stage Acclaim hails from an unfashionable yard so is sure to be a couple of points bigger than his form entitles. Aachen can get back to winning ways.

      Formwatch

      Aachen 10-1 (11-7) In touch, mistake 5th, weakened after 3 out, 20th of 27, 44l behind American Trilogy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar.

      Enfant De Lune (FR) 4-1 (12-0) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd, ridden and weakened quickly 2 out, 11th of 14, 44l behind Stage Acclaim (10-4) at Lingfield 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.

      Nothing's Easy (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up behind leaders, went 3rd after 3 out, upsides 2 out, not fluent and led soon after last, held on gamely near finish, won at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Conflictofinterest (11-0) by ns, 7 ran.

      Postmaster 8-1 (11-9) Held up, went 2nd 3 out, ridden approaching 2 out, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 6l behind Spanish Conquest (10-0) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl (2) fm in Mar.

      Smoke And Mirrors 6-1 (11-5) With leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 12th of 21, well behind Kangaroo Court (10-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.

      Tataniano (FR) 13-2 (11-9) Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 35l behind Diamond Harry (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.

      Aussie Bay (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Dizzy Whizz (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct.

      Gold Award 8-11fav (11-0) Chased leaders, chased winner 3f out, soon pushed along, no impression from 2f out, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Valento (10-7) at Warwick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.

      Stage Acclaim (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Prominent, ridden to lead 2 out, hit last, all out, won at Lingfield 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Eradicate (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.

      Proper (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, ran on, won at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Classic Swain (10-7) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.