888Sport What's Your Thinking Handicap Chase
Cheltenham 14:20
£60,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 2   
Saturday 23rd October 2021

1 Definite Plan 9/2
2 The Hollow Ginge 9/1
3 Cool Mix 8/1
11 ran NR: Didero Vallis, Redford Road, Truckers Lodge
Distances: hd, 10l, 5½l Time: 6m 15.46s (fast by 4.54s)

The Hollow Ginge made a bold bid for home but was beginning to tire up the famous hill as Jordan Gainford produced Gordon Elliott's Definite Plan to win by a head.

Cloth Cap, favourite for last season’s Grand National for the late Trevor Hemmings, ran well for a long way under top weight before fading into fourth.

“I was hoping he’d get into the amateur riders’ race for Jamie Codd but the handicapper – I suppose rightly so – wouldn’t let him into it (it was a 0-125 handicap and he is rated 131),” said Elliott.

“It just shows how competitive racing in Ireland is, he’s been second three times in beginners’ chases. Every day in Ireland you take on world class trainers and jockeys, it’s so competitive, here you can duck and dive a bit more. There’s always hope (for Britain against the Irish). In this game you never know what is around the corner, as I rightly know.

“Jordan gave him a wonderful ride and there’s only one winning post.

“He might come back for the amateur riders’ race in November, but he wouldn’t want heavy ground.”

Tom Scudamore said of Cloth Cap: “He ran a lovely race. Obviously he had a lot of weight but he’s run really well, all the way to the line. He just couldn’t match the pace of the first three but he felt the same as ever and gave me a great ride. The talk was we’ll do the same as last year (Ladbrokes Trophy).”

888Sport Handicap Chase
£60,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 2
11 ran
Going: Good

1      Definite Plan 9 10-1 Gordon Elliott Jordan Gainford 9/2
hd The Hollow Ginge 8 10-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 9/1
10 Cool Mix 9 10-0 Iain Jardine Conor O'Farrell 8/1
Cloth Cap 9 11-12 Jonjo O'Neill Tom Scudamore 9/1
Go Another One 9 11-2 John C McConnell Sean Bowen 11/2
20 Jersey Bean 8 10-7 Oliver Sherwood Brendan Powell 9/1
17 Minella Bobo 8 10-2 Rebecca Curtis Adam Wedge 12/1
PU Just Your Type 9 10-0 Charlie Longsdon William Kennedy 16/1
PU Storm Control 8 10-7 Kerry Lee Richard Patrick 100/30F
PU Shoal Bay 8 10-7 Colin Tizzard Tom O'Brien 50/1
PU Domaine De L'Isle 8 11-5 Sean Curran David Bass
NR 2 Truckers Lodge 9 11-6 Paul Nicholls NON RUNNER

NR 5 Didero Vallis 8 10-9 Venetia Williams NON RUNNER

NR 14 Redford Road 7 10-0 Nigel Twiston-Davies NON RUNNER