Cheltenham

  • 14:50 University Of Gloucestershire Novices' Chase2m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 53.20s
  • Off time: 14:53:27
14:50 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Poquelin (FR) 5/2
2nd French Saulaie (FR) 17/2
3rd The Package 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 121F21 Black, White diamond, stars on sleeves and stars on cap Chrysander 27
Distance Winner
6 11-10 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 134 20/121.00
2 408615 Black, Red epaulets, sleeves and cap Orpen Wide (IRE) 13
Distance Winner
6 11-10 b M C Chapman L Vickers 135 40/141.00
3 36-2211 Red, yellow epaulets Premier Dane (IRE) 80
Distance Winner
6 11-10 N G Richards D J Condon 9/110.00
4 01292/1 Emerald Green, White star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Asudo (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
7 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 122 6/17.00
6 11119-1 Yellow, Red spots Oh Crick (FR) 170
Course WinnerDistance Winner
5 11-7 A King R Thornton 4/15.00
7 94U01-1 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Poquelin (FR) 158
Distance Winner
5 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 5/23.50
8 U334-03 LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves and cap French Saulaie (FR) 13
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-2 P J Hobbs R Johnson 17/29.50
9 225-1 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Like A Duke (FR) 166
Distance Winner
5 11-2 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 20/121.00
10 05-0P22 Light Green, Brown braces, armlets and cap Roman Villa (USA) 24
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-2 t M Sheppard N D Fehily 33/134.00
11 1/2192P- ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots The Package 218
Distance Winner
5 11-2 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 9/25.50
Non runners
5334482Chaninbar (FR)511-7M F HarrisD Crosse129
121124-Tatenen (FR)410-7P F Nicholls

Verdict

Sponsors have been rewarded with an above-average turn out for this year's renewal and it could turn out to be a useful contest. TATENEN is our idea of the winner but it would be no surprise to see the likes of Like A Duke and Asudo show up well. A note of caution is sounded as Paul Nicholls has saddled the last four favourites in this race and all four have been beaten, two of them at odds-on. Tatenen has relatively little experience but has also been spoken of in glowing terms and has always been regarded as a chaser in the making. He was put away after disappointing behind Franchoek here in January but we could see a different horse this afternoon. The Tizzard team has started the season strongly and Like A Duke is an interesting contender on his chase bow. A relatively expensive purchase after impressively winning a maiden hurdle at Limerick this former point-to-pointer has the potential to make up into a useful chaser. Oh Crick and Asudo landed moderate contests on their chase bows but both appeal as having the potential to rank a little higher and merit consideration along with The Package who had the look of a chaser last year. The three at the top of the weights have experience in their favour but are likely to need fortune to be on their side in order to land this contest. He may not appeal as a betting proposition but Tatenen receives the vote.