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14:10 Cheltenham

Citipost Novices' Hurdle (Class 2)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 110y
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £16,000 added
  • Winner: £10,010
  • 2nd: £2,957
  • 3rd: £1,478
  • 4th: £739
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 7.20s
  • Off Time: 14:11:18
  • 6 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
12/1

    1
    Silk - Red and White check, White cap
    • Form 1-11125
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-8
    • Official Rating 148

    held up in rear, took keen hold, mistake 3rd, hit 7th, closed 3 out, pushed along and tracking leaders after 2 out, 3rd and beaten when not fluent last, weakened and lost 2 places flat

    2
    Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow stars, Yellow cap
    6/1
    • Form 33-1311
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 129

    tracked leader, closed 5th, not fluent 3 out, soon pushed along, weakened approaching last, went 4th towards finish

    3
    Silk - Red, yellow seams, chevrons on sleeves, check cap
    • Form U9-1311
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-4

    took keen hold, led, clear after 2nd until 4th, ridden and headed approaching last, soon beaten, went 3rd just after last, no chance with front pair

    5
    Silk - Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap

    Valdez

    39
    12/1
    • Form 217130
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 132

    took keen hold, held up, not fluent 6th, challenged 2 out, led approaching last, ridden flat, headed final 100 yards, stayed on, held by winner

    6
    Silk - Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap

    Whisper (FR)

    39 BFD
    9/4
    • Form 1-1414
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 133

    chased leaders, not fluent 4th or 6th, challenged 2 out, ridden flat, led final 100 yards, stayed on well

    7
    Silk - Red, Black braces, Black and Red hooped sleeves, quartered cap
    • Form 14
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-0

    chased leaders, jumped slowly 1st, soon lost place, not fluent 4th, last and losing touch from next, tailed off

    4
    NR
    • Form 2/2-0111
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 135

    Nonrunner

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Puffin Billy won a Grade 2 at Ascot in December and was fifth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle here at The Festival. That's the best form on offer but he has to give weight to all of his rivals today and might prefer softer ground. KARINGA DANCER has made giant strides this year and never came off the bridle in beating a previous winner by 14 lengths over this trip at Taunton last time. He can take this step up in class in his stride and complete the four-timer. Whisper wasn't disgraced in a Grade 3 handicap at Sandown last time and looks the pick of the remainder, though Valdez has some decent form in the book and Annacotty and Bob Ford are still heading in the right direction. The latter, however, already seems to need 3m.

    Formwatch

    Puffin Billy (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders when hit 3 out, 5th when blundered next, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 23l behind Champagne Fever (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Mar.

    Annacotty (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Chased leaders, chased leader 2nd until 4th, remained in close 3rd, went 2nd again before 3 out, led before last, stayed on well flat, won at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Nowdoro (10-7) by 8l, 11 ran.

    Bob Ford (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Made all, hit 4th, mistake 4 out, clear before 3 out, eased run-in, very easily, won at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar beating Seebright (11-8) by well, 4 ran.

    Valdez 20-1 (11-6) Held up in mid-division, weakened on long run to 2 out, tailed off, 11th of 19, well behind First Avenue (10-5) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) hvy in Mar.

    Whisper (FR) 9-2fav (11-8) Mid-division, well in touch 3rd, disputing lead before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, kept on pressing for 2nd until dropped to 3rd post, 4th of 16, 13l behind Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar.

    Sankyouplease (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Behind, outpaced over 4f out, stayed on over 2f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 16l behind Steel City (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Mar.

    Karinga Dancer 8-11fav (11-6) In touch on inside, headway before 6th, went 2nd next, mistake 3 out, led and hit 2 out, soon clear easily, won at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf beating Fox Run (11-7) by 14l, 13 ran.