Andrews eyes more Hunter Chase Evening success. Moller runs Foxhunter runner-up Divine Intavention

Meeting: Hunter Chase Evening

Date: Wednesday (evening), May 1, 2013

Gates Open: 3.30pm

First Race: 5.05pm

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Hunter Chase Evening on Wednesday, May 1, is the final fixture of Cheltenham’s 2012/13 season at Cheltenham and the seven-race-card is one of the highlights of the Hunter Chase programme, offering amateur riders the chance to ride a winner at the home of Jump racing.


Leading amateur Gina Andrews is looking forward to her two mounts at the fixture, headed by Mid Div And Creep. The pair enjoyed a wonderful spring in 2011, finishing second behind Zemsky in the CGA Foxhunter Chase at The Festival before going on to win at the Hunter Chase Evening.


The 13-year-old mare, trained by Alan Hill, holds entries in the £6,000 Cheltenham Champion Mares’ Hunters Chase (7.20pm, 12 entries, 3m 1f 110y) and the £6,000 Jockey Club 7.75% Racecourse Bond Hunters’ Chase (7.50pm, 33 entries) over the marathon trip of four miles and a furlong, which she won in 2011.


Andrews revealed: “Mid Div And Creep is entered in Cheltenham Champion Mares’ Hunters Chase and the Jockey Club 7.75% Racecourse Bond Hunters’ Chase. I’m not 100 per cent sure but I think she is going to run in the mares’ race.


“I don’t think the drop back in trip will be against her because although she stays a lot further, Cheltenham is a staying course and I think it will play to her strengths.”


Andrews will also partner nine-year-old Allerford Jack, trained by Kayley Jones, in the  £3,500 Cheltenham Collection Ladies’ Hunters’ Chase (19 entries), which concludes the card at 8.20pm.


Andrews continued: “Hopefully, he has quite a good chance. I have never ridden him but he ran well at Ascot last time, so he should go well.


“I have had success at the Hunter Chase Evening in the past and it is always a meeting I look forward to.”


The highlight of the seven-race card is the £7,500 Bonhams Men’s Open Point-To-Point Championship Final (6.45pm), run over the same course and distance as the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup. The 19 entries include Alan Hill’s Ravethebrave and Philip Rowley’s Surenaga, while Francesca Moller is likely to run either CGA Foxhunter Chase runner-up Divine Intavention or Arbour Hill. Both horses are also entered in the £6,000 Hunt Staff Benefit Society Hunters’ Chase (For The United Hunts Challenge Cup) (6.10pm, 21 entries).


Moller said: “I am planning to run both horses at the Hunter Chase Evening but one will go for one race and one will go for the other.


“Divine Intavention ran out in a point-to-point last week but I think he was just feeling a bit too well in himself and hopefully he won’t do it again. He has never done it before and I think it was a bit of a one off. He normally puts his head down and gets on with so I think we will let him off.


“Arbour Hill has been running well in points and goes to Cheltenham in good form. He will want good ground whereas Divine Intavention can handle anything. The better the ground for Arbour Hill, the better he will be.


“I have been looking at the entries and there are a lot of good horses running so we will be going there hopeful of two good performances. Everyone has their day and as long as all the horses come back in one piece, we will all be happy.”


The other two contests on Hunter Chase Evening are the £3,500 Cheltenham Racecourse Conference And Events Hunters’ Chase (5.05pm, 26 entries) and  the £7,000 Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Point-To-Point Championship Final Hunters’ Chase (5.40pm, 23 entries).



The going at Cheltenham is currently Good to Soft, Good in places.


The forecast is unsettled with showers expected over the weekend.

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