Cheltenham

  • 13:50 BetVictor.com Handicap Chase 3m 3f 71y

  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 31.10s
  • Off time: 13:53:02
13:50 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Perfect Candidate (IRE) 7/1
2nd Vicente (FR) 9/2
3rd Three Faces West (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 1/3FU2-4 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Minella Rocco (IRE) 30
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 11-12 t Jonjo O'Neill B J Geraghty 166 1001
2 24011-P Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Sizing Codelco (IRE) 35
8 11-4 C L Tizzard B J Cooper 158 1001
3 02P1P-0 Light Green and White (quartered), White sleeves, Light Green cap Perfect Candidate (IRE) 21
Course Winner
10 10-12 p F O'Brien P J Brennan 152 1001
4 F669F1- EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Vicente (FR) 210
Course Winner
8 10-10 h P F Nicholls H Cobden 150 1001
5 221/P11- Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Three Faces West (IRE) 339
9 10-7 p P J Hobbs R Johnson 147 1001
6 7/2113P- LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Premier Bond 210
7 10-0 p N J Henderson Nico de Boinville 139 1001
8 58/P34-7 Red, white star, red sleeves, black stars, white cap, red star Benbens (IRE) 20
12 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary (3) 135 1001
9 P0/733P- Dark Blue, White sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds and cap Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 210
10 10-0 Miss E C Lavelle Aidan Coleman 135 1001
Non runners
72215-43Doing Fine (IRE)910-0N P MulhollandT Scudamore137

Verdict

Not beaten far when third in this last year, MINELLA ROCCO (NAP) went on to finish a terrific second in the Gold Cup here in March. He’ll be sharper for last month’s comeback at Punchestown and a repeat of his Gold Cup effort could see him better the likes of Three Faces West. The latter ended last season with a couple of facile victories but returns to action off a 12lb higher mark than when last winning a handicap. Doing Fine ran well for third over these fences three weeks ago and could also be in the mix despite racing from out of the handicap along with Premier Bond. The latter was placed in the Kim Muir here in March and has his first start since April as does Scottish Grand National winner Vicente. Shotgun Paddy was well beaten in last year’s renewal and hasn’t won since 2014.