Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Citipost Novices' Hurdle2m 4f 56y

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 57.30s
  • Off time: 14:06:19
14:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Diese Des Bieffes (FR) 5/2
2nd Theclockisticking (IRE) 13/2
3rd Dell Oro (FR) 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 30-1310 RED and YELLOW stripes, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap Poetic Rhythm (IRE) 33
Course Winner
7 11-8 F O'Brien P J Brennan 145 1001
2 1-41141 Dark Green, White hoop, checked sleeves, quartered cap Captain Cattistock 21
Distance Winner
5 11-4 t P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 135 1001
3 17-124 Mauve and black (quartered), mauve sleeves, white cap Dell Oro (FR) 69
5 11-4 G L Moore Joshua Moore 127 1001
4 5-11255 Red, pink hoop and armlets Diese Des Bieffes (FR) 33
5 11-4 N J Henderson N D Fehily 138 1001
5 221 Emerald green and purple (quartered), checked sleeves, purple cap Le Musee (FR) 23
5 11-4 t N J Hawke Tom Cannon 122 1001
6 351732 Purple, Pink stars, Purple sleeves, Purple cap, Pink star Mister Malarky 17
5 11-4 C L Tizzard H Cobden 126 1001
7 1-1351 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Onefortheroadtom 44
5 11-4 H Fry B J Geraghty 1001
8 3-F4131 Purple, yellow stars, armlets and star on cap Silver Kayf 27
Distance Winner
6 11-4 K C Bailey David Bass 135 1001
9 2-21133 Light green and black check, white cap Theclockisticking (IRE) 69
6 11-4 Stuart Edmunds C Gethings 138 1001
10 05-4412 Yellow and royal blue (quartered), dark blue sleeves, yellow and dark blue quartered cap Boreham Bill (IRE) 42
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-0 B Pauling D A Jacob 130 1001
11 0 Red, Black diamond, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap, Red diamonds Cuddles Mcgraw (IRE) 160
5 11-0 t1 F O'Brien A P Cawley 1001
12 53 Emerald green, red chevron and star on cap Gosheven (IRE) 32
5 11-0 P J Hobbs R Johnson 1001
13 1-3 Dark blue, pink hoop, pink sleeves, dark blue armlets, pink cap Mzuzu (IRE) 130
6 11-0 T R George T Scudamore 1001
14 1/4 Red and White stripes, Black and White striped cap Quarry Leader (IRE) 88
7 11-0 A M Hales Kielan Woods 1001

Verdict

A fascinating start to a cracking card. Poetic Rhythm won the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December. He didn’t run up to that form over 3m in the Albert Bartlett but is probably back over his best trip today. Theclockisticking was second in a Grade 2 over 2m at Ascot two runs ago but, along with Dell Oro, was well beaten upped in distance at Huntingdon next time. Onefortheroadtom beat last week’s Aintree Grade 1 winner Lalor on his hurdling debut and wasn’t suited by heavy going here in January. He warmed up for this by winning a jumpers’ bumper and is much respected. Captain Cattistock has won three of his five hurdle starts but was well beaten when tried in this grade at Ascot in February. DIESE DES BIEFFES’ form has a solid look about it, including his latest fifth here in the Martin Pipe in which he would have finished closer but for a last-flight error – he has decent claims reverting to novice company. Boreham Bill could sneak into a place granted luck in-running and makes more appeal than the penalised Le Musee and Silver Kayf.