Thursday 11am The going for the third day of The Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, remains: Good, Good to Soft in places. Today racing switches to the New Course. All chase bends have been dolled out seven yards, adding 67 yards to races over 2m 4f and 2m 5f, and 92 yards to the race over 3m 2f. However, the race one (JLT Novices’ Chase) start has been moved forwards 42 yards, so the actual distance run is 25 yards over the minimum distance. The forecast is for conditions to remain dry but cooler than the previous two days, with temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius.
1.30 Disko Three star*** win 6/1 PP 11/2 general
2.10 Presenting Percy One star* win 10/1 general
2.10 Rocklander Two Stars ** e/w 18/1 PP 16/1 BF 14/1 general
2.50 Empire of Dirt Two Star** win 3/1 PP 11/4 general
3.30 Unowhatimeanharry Five Star***** win Nap of the meeting 11/8 general BetFred push to 7/4!
4.10 Bouvreuil One star* win 14/1 PP 12/1 general
4.10 Village Vic One star* win 16/1 general
4.10 Baron Alco One star* win 14/1 Betfred 12/1 general
4.50 La Bague au Roi Three star*** win 10/1 general
5.30 Potters Legend Two Stars** each way 14/1 general
Total 25 stars
1.30 Will need to have another couple of looks at the race again. Neon Wolf could still be the best in the long run, race may make a man of him. Looked like 4th – 8th were close up. Disappointment for the Irish.
2.10 Exciting finish. There will be a few unhappy bunnies. Acapella Bourgeois lost his race before the flag went down and Alpha des Obeaux was too buzzed up. De Boinville says “he’s a thinker but so much talent”. Will want to take him on down the line except maybe at Kempton.
2.50 I couldn’t have written the script for Supasundae any better myself. Loved the ground, loved the trip, acted on the course and a quality horse (son of Galileo) on the right handicap mark who had the form in the book.
3.30 Douvan the major disappointment. BHA Stewards “Ruby Walsh, the rider of DOUVAN (FR), unplaced, reported that the gelding jumped poorly throughout. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding, during routine testing, revealed it to be lame behind.” Personally think the third fence was the culprit. With Douvan back peddling the race turned into a cracking finish and that man Fehily again.
4.10 Again Gordon Elliot had done his homework and I should think the only nervous moment Jamie Codd had was when things got a little tight between the Cheese Wedges! Turning for home there was only one result.
4.50 Interesting how this form works out. I think the aforementioned Noel Fehily will be a little surprised he was beaten on Divin Bere. Watch the race again, check out the 5th , Diablo de Sivola, as Lizzie Kelly brings him from a different parish.
5.30 Couple of high class mares occupied the top two places. Will have a blog in the next few weeks about these mares allowances. The winner, Fayonagh, could be very special.
Wednesdays Lucky 15 Good day for the Lucky 15 with a £107 return for our 15 quid (£1 stake) and with that running on to the last two selections things got a tad exciting!
Cheltenham 2.50 SUPASUNDAE 1st 16/1
Cheltenham 4.10 CAUSE OF CAUSES 1st 4/1
Cheltenham 4.50 PROSPECTUS PU 14/1
Cheltenham 5.30 IMPERIAL ELOQUENCE 18th 25/1
2.50 Supasundae ** e/w (16/1 general 6 places with PP) 1st 16/1
Brilliant. Prominent, jumped, travelled, quickened going to the last, race over. Happy days.
2.50 Peregrine Run * (11/1 PP 9/1 general) 11th 7/1
Midfield, progress two out but not good enough.
4.50 Prospectus ** (14/1 general) PU 14/1
Rear early. Never competitive.
4.50 Fidux * (33/1 PP + Coral) 19th 50/1
Last of the finishers having led to three out.
4.50 Dreamcatching* (12/1 general) 15th 12/1
Market and riding arrangements told you all you need to know.
5.30 Someday* (9/1 PP 8/1 general) Non Runner
5.30 Imperial Eloquence* (33/1 WH) 18th 25/1
Too far back, promising turning for home but didn’t get a clear run and never competitive.
Total stake 11 stars Total return 43 stars