Cheltenham

  • 17:10 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Novices' Chase3m 110y

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 33.00s
  • Off time: 17:11:07
17:10 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ballyfitz 1/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3101-11 Emerald Green, Purple cross belts, Purple cap Mister Gloss (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
7 11-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson 110 7/42.75
2 271152- MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap Ballyfitz 183
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-0 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 1/21.50
5 477/PU-6 Royal Blue, Yellow disc, White sleeves and cap Thyne Spirit (IRE) 45
Distance Winner
9 11-0 S T Lewis R Greene 58 22/123.00
Non runners
3482142/Best Actor (IRE)911-0C LlewellynN D Fehily
412/112-Big Fella Thanks611-0P F NichollsRuby Walsh

Verdict

Thyne Spirit needs a miracle but the remainder have realistic claims; BIG FELLA THANKS can keep the Nicholls juggernaut rolling. Mister Gloss is usually ridden positively and his two chase wins should give his jockey the confidence to make plenty of use of him here. He has jumped well on both occasions and is sure to try and exploit any weaknesses in the jumping of his rivals. The 8lbs that he concedes to his rivals levels the playing field somewhat though and Big Fella Thanks is sure to have done plenty of schooling at Ditcheat. This winning Irish pointer was never going to come into his own until this season but he did prove that he had an engine last year and is the elected stable runner from three entries. Ballyfitz excelled last season since returning from an absence of over a year and was by far and away the best of these over timber. His trainer is more readily associated with chasers and it would be folly to underestimate this talented performer who proved his affinity for the track when landing the Pertemps Final. Best Actor has not been easy to train but he has enough ability to persuade his connections to persevere and his neck defeat by Old Benny in bottomless ground at Warwick when last in action was a fair effort. This is a stiff ask though and his stable hasn't really got into gear yet which means that Ballyfitz and Big Fella Thanks appeal as the likeliest winners with the latter getting the arbitrary nod.