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Cheltenham

Wed, 18th Apr 2012
17:30
Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys And Amateur Riders), 2m 1f
15 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 3) Total Prize Fund - £10000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Tonic Mellysse (FR) (18J)
5 b g Smadoun (FR) - Mellyssa (FR) (Panoramic (UNR))
41-2F0F Mr S Munir

11-12  
134

8/1
Harry Derham (7)
P F Nicholls

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 1m 4f to 2m 1f on good and soft ground. Fell at the 3rd when 1-4fav at Uttoxeter over 2m (good) in a chase won by Noble Legend last month on his latest outing.

2 Katchmore (IRE) (533F, 29J)
5 br g Catcher In The Rye (IRE) - One For Me (Tragic Role (USA))
2-88P11 Sara Collie,nigel Kelly & Alison Auvra
Tongue strap, Cheek pieces

11-11  
133

10/3
Thomas Bellamy (7)
D Pipe

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 11-8fav at Exeter over 2m 1f (good) last month, beating Osgood by 7l. Has also won at Taunton this season.

3 Star In Flight (GB) (196F, 28J)
5 b g Mtoto - Star Entry (In The Wings)
41U17 Lucky Bin Racing

11-11  
133

10/1
Mr N Slatter (7)
D McCain Jnr

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 3f on good and good to soft ground. Well beaten at 4-1 behind Timesawastin when seventh of 11 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Haydock over 2m 4f (good) last month. Has won twice at Catterick this season.

4 Megastar (GB) (35J)
7 b g Kayf Tara - Megalex (Karinga Bay)
374320 Hinds Waddingham Arthur Herbert
Blinkers, Tongue strap

11-8  
130

16/1
Joshua Moore (5)
G L Moore

He has won a hurdle race and two NH flat races from 2m to 2m 1f on good and good to soft ground. Well beaten at 22-1 behind Son Of Flicka when 21st of 28 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race here over 2m 5f (good) last month.

5 Rajnagan (IRE) (250F, 152J)
8 ch g Muhtarram (USA) - Rajnagara (IRE) (Darshaan)
114328 Mrs W Morrell
Tongue strap

11-7  
129

12/1
Mr F Mitchell (7)
P R Webber

He has won four hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on good to firm and good ground. Well beaten at 7-1 behind Featherbed Lane when eighth of 9 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Ascot over 2m (good) in November last year. Has won 3 times this season.

6 Celtus (FR) (616F, 39J)
5 b g Keltos (FR) - Infiltrate (IRE) (Bering)
213P-20 Mr S Munir

11-5  
127

7/1
Mr J Sherwood (7)
N J Henderson

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on soft ground. Well beaten at 12-1 behind Paintball when 15th of 24 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Sandown over 2m (good to soft) last month.

7 Dark And Dangerous (IRE) (185F, 35J)
4 b g Cacique (IRE) - Gilah (IRE) (Saddlers' Hall (IRE))
14130 North South Alliance

10-12  
125

12/1
Brendan Powell (5)
B G Powell

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on soft ground. Well beaten at 20-1 behind Une Artiste when 16th of 24 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race here over 2m (good) last month. Has won at Plumpton and Sandown this season.

8 Amtired (GB) (231F, 38J)
6 gr g Beauchamp King - Rising Talisker (Primitive Rising (USA))
21R232 Mr Gary Smith
Cheek pieces

10-12  
120

15/2
Tom Cannon (3)
B Ellison

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good to soft ground. Beaten 7l by Victor Leudorum when second of 7 at 11-8 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Market Rasen over 2m 3f (good) last month.

9 Captain Sharpe (GB) (29F, 17J)
4 ch g Tobougg (IRE) - Helen Sharp (Pivotal)
228U53 Bluebirds Racing
Cheek pieces

10-11  
124

10/1
Mr R J Williams (7)
B J Llewellyn

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 1f on good ground. Third of 10 behind Lexi's Boy beaten 6l at 25-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Ascot over 2m (good) earlier this month.

10 Teshali (IRE) (896F, 18J)
6 br g Anabaa (USA) - Tashiriya (IRE) (Kenmare (FR))
333P83 Mrs D J Brown
Tongue strap

10-10  
118

15/2
William Twiston-Davies (7)
M Keighley

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 1f and 2m 4f on good to firm ground. Third of 14 behind Laudatory beaten 1 3/4l at 11-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Stratford over 2m (good) last month.

11 Trip The Light (GB) (186F, 18J)
7 b g Fantastic Light (USA) - Jumaireyah (Fairy King (USA))
19-6217 Mr P W Middleton
Visor

10-9  
117

25/1
James Best (5)
P W Middleton

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 14l behind Laudatory at 12-1 when seventh of 14 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Stratford over 2m (good) last month. Has won at Uttoxeter and Plumpton this season.

12 Caught By Witness (IRE) (123J)
7 b g Witness Box (USA) - Donegans Daughter (Auction Ring (USA))
0170-35 Mrs Diane Dewbery
Tongue strap

10-9  
117

16/1
Jake Greenall (5)
B G Powell

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m 2f and 2m 4f on good to soft and heavy ground. Well beaten at 11-2 behind Tenor Nivernais when fifth of 8 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Haydock over 2m (heavy) in December last year. Having his first run for a new stable today.

13 Amazing King (IRE) (242F, 33J)
8 b g King Charlemagne (USA) - Kraemer (USA) (Lyphard (USA))
0-15657 Amazing Optimists

10-7  
115

25/1
Adam Nicol (7)
P A Kirby

He has won three hurdle races and a chase at 2m on good to firm and good ground. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Conquisto when seventh of 11 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Fakenham over 2m (good) last month.

14 Sweet World (GB) (166F, 25J)
8 b g Agnes World (USA) - Douce Maison (IRE) (Fools Holme (USA))
341162 Mr B J Llewellyn

10-6  
114

16/1
Peter Hatton (7)
B J Llewellyn

He has won four hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Beaten a neck by Great Esteem when second of 5 at 3-1 on his latest outing in a claiming hurdle race at Bangor over 2m 1f (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

15 Francis Du Mesnil (FR) (27J)
10 b g Saint Preuil (FR) - Franciscaine (FR) (Legend Of France (USA))
66547P Mr Richard Prince
Tongue strap

10-0  
102

50/1
Mr P Prince (7)
L Corcoran

Successful in a NH flat race and a chase at 2m and 2m 2f on soft and yielding ground, but last win was over two years ago. Pulled up 4 out when 33-1 at Chepstow over 2m 3f (good to soft) in a chase won by Back Bob Back last month on his latest outing.

Race Verdict

It could pay to side with TONIC MELLYSSE in what looks a tricky 'getting out stakes' for punters. Falling over fences twice from his last three outings isn't the ideal preparation, but he is sure to go close if recapturing the sort of form shown when runner-up at Prestbury Park in October and, in 7lb conditional rider Harry Derham, he has a more than capable partner. The hat-trick seeking Katchmore warrants plenty of respect but must improve again, while the locally trained Teshali is no forlorn hope.

Selection: Tonic Mellysse        Danger: Katchmore        Alternative: Teshali
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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