15:50 Cheltenham

Cheltenham And Three Counties Club 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class D)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 25.80s
  • 8 Ran
Silk - Pink, White striped sleeves, White cap
  • Form 1112P5
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12

soon prominent, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off when mistake last

Silk - ROYAL BLUE, WHITE star, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE stars and stars on cap
  • Form 8-14
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3

held up, steady headway after 3 out, ridden after next, one pace approaching last

Silk - WHITE, RED stripe
  • Form 150-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and outpaced approaching next, rallied approaching last, stayed on flat

Silk - Dark Green and White diamonds, White sleeves, Dark Green cap, White diamond
  • Form 0-252
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-9

raced keen, led 1st, stayed prominent, narrow leader 2 out, soon headed, beaten when edged left after last, hung right flat

  • Form 17
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-9

held up in touch, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out

Silk - Grey, Red striped sleeves and cap


  • Form 7457-11
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-9

prominent, led 3 out, ridden and headed next, weakened approaching last

Silk - Dark Blue, Red hoop and collar, Red cap
  • Form P31-161
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-4

held up in touch, headway 5th, led after 2 out, jumped left last, edged left flat, kept on well

Silk - Orange, Light Green chevrons, quartered cap
  • Form 455
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-0

mistake 1st, led next, not fluent 4th and next, headed 3 out, ridden and weakened next

In depth


His Nibs is likely to be all the rage here after a debut hurdling win at Folkestone last time over a furlong further. That success proved that he can both hurdle and handle soft ground and he certainly looked the type to progress. If he does not succumb to the dreaded 'bounce' factor then he should give them all plenty to do here. However, we will take a chance with Tip Kash. A Market Rasen winner on soft ground on his hurdling debut last month, he was then last of four at Leicester next time, when he was reported to have lost his action. Dropped a handy 6lbs and with Tony McCoy on board, provided there are no doubts about his wellbeing he can return to winning ways here. Cho Polu has finished second twice from four starts, including last time out when six lengths adrift of Dumaran at Warwick. The handicapper looks to have treated him fairly based on what we have seen and if first-time blinkers do the trick then he should not be far away. Kadito has gone up 16lbs for two wins in small contests at Hereford and Warwick in the past six weeks. This looks a tougher assignment. However, his low weight means he is not without a chance, though his only previous start on soft ground was not very encouraging.