Cheltenham

  • 13:15 mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase3m 80y

  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 42.10s
  • Off time: 13:16:05
13:15 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Black Corton (FR) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 F4P5-51 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves, quartered cap Ballyoptic (IRE) 11
Distance Winner
7 11-8 N A Twiston-Davies R Johnson 155 1001
2 121111 Dark blue, royal blue stars, dark blue and red halved sleeves, red cap Black Corton (FR) 22
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-8 t P F Nicholls Bryony Frost 150 1001
3 5U3PP-1 Orange, Black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves West Approach 28
7 11-5 C L Tizzard T Scudamore 1001

Verdict

Colin Tizzard won this with Thistlecrack last year and is represented by the latter’s half-brother WEST APPROACH. A smart hurdler, he made a winning start over fences at Ffos Las last month and looks to have the edge over Ballyoptic on these terms. The Twiston-Davies charge also made a winning chase debut when successful at Exeter though is penalised 8lb for that along with Black Corton. Paul Nicholls’ charge is the most experienced over fences having won five of seven attempts including last month’s victory over course and distance but is facing a tougher task in this.