Hutsby hoping for another Rash Move at Cheltenham’s Hunter Chase Evening tomorrow

Meeting: Hunter Chase Evening

Date: Wednesday (evening), May 1, 2013

Gates Open: 3.30pm

First Race: 5.05pm

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Cheltenham’s 2012/13 season comes to a close tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1, with Hunter Chase Evening. The seven-race programme has attracted 88 runners and a fine evening of sport is in prospect.


The action gets underway at 5.05pm with the Cheltenham Racecourse Conference And Events Hunters’ Chase which has attracted 14 runners. Fred Hutsby is looking forward to seeing Rash Move attempt a second successive victory in the extended two-mile contest, following a 13-length verdict over Swallows Delight 12 months ago.


The 12-year-old has made three appearances in hunters’ chases this year, most recently when coming home a close third under regular jockey Tom Ellis in the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase over the Grand National Fences at Aintree on April 4.


The trainer enjoyed some memorable days as an amateur jockey at Cheltenham on board Mighty Moss, who won a hurdle at the course in January, 1998, and made four appearances at The Festival, including a fine second to the mighty Istabraq in the 1997 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.


Hutsby commented: “Rash Move seems to have come out of Aintree very well. We schooled him on Monday and there was not a bother on him, so he heads to Cheltenham in really good form. He has been running really well all season, has a very high cruising speed and, hopefully, he is the horse they have to beat.



“He needed his first run of the season at Sandown in February and then his stamina was tested a bit at Leicester in March. He has been a good yardstick this season and he should be fine on the forecast ground, which is due to be on the soft side of good.


“I said to Tom Ellis that, if he takes to the course at Aintree, he would be there crossing the Melling Road and he ran a blinder to finish third. He made a couple of jumping mistakes but he loved running around there.


“Everyone likes to have a winner at Cheltenham – it’s the mecca of Jump racing – and we have had some good horses run there over the years. Rash Move has been a superstar for us – he has always run in hunters’ chases and  point-to-points and I rode my last ever winner on him. He’s a special horse.”


There are 18 runners in the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate Point-To-Point Championship Final Hunters’ Chase (5.40pm) over an extended three miles and a furlong including Forest Walker, Bay To Go, Croan Rock, Double Bank, Harbour Court, Indiana Bay, Quatuor Collonges and Ruapehu who have all been in fine form between the flags over the past few months.


Divine Intavention finished third in the CGA Foxhunter Chase at The Festival for trainer Fran Moller and heads the eight runners in the Hunt Staff Benefit Society Hunters’ Chase (For The United Hunts Challenge Cup) (6.10pm) over an extended three miles and a furlong.


The richest race of the evening is the Bonhams Men’s Open Point-To-Point Championship Final Hunters’ Chase (6.45pm, eight runners) over an extended three and a quarter miles. Moller is also represented in this contest by Arbour Hill, who has been in excellent form in point-to-points while, Doctor Kingsley, trained by Pauline Harkin, was fourth in this season’s CGA Foxhunter Chase.


Mid Div And Creep heads the nine declarations in the Cheltenham Champion Mares’ Hunters’ Chase (7.20pm) over an extended three miles and a furlong. The 13-year-old was successful at this fixture in 2011 over almost a mile further and was also runner-up in the 2011 CGA Foxhunter Chase. Her regular partner Gina Andrews takes the ride once again.


The Jockey Club 7.75% Racecourse Bond Hunters’ Chase (7.50pm) is the longest race of the evening at four miles and a furlong and has 19 runners, while the final race is the Cheltenham Collection Ladies’ Hunters’ Steeple Chase (8.20pm) over two miles and five furlongs, which has attracted 12 runners.




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


Simon Claisse, Head of Racing at Cheltenham, said: “We are experiencing dry and pleasant weather and it is very pleasing to see the number of declared runners stand up so well for Hunter Chase Evening.”

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