Star Performers of the Weekend – Coral Racing Club Members have their say
Cheltenham returned this weekend with their most prestigious meeting of the year outside of the Festival, and it didn't disappoint with some outstanding performances across the three days of racing.
So on Monday, we asked you, our Coral Racing Club members, to tell us who your Star Performers of the Weekend were and why.
Check out what members had to say as we pick out some of the best entries below.
Gold Cup Handicap Chase – Stage Star
Stage Star received the most praise in this week's Star Performer poll, with him receiving a third of the total votes. It was no surprise to see his performance to be rated so highly by our members, with Harry Cobden guiding him to an easy lead in the early stages of the race and seemingly having the contest at his mercy when turning for home. He stayed clear until the last fence, where he took a heavy stumble before being picked up from nearly off the ground and charging on to win by four lengths.
Nathan, from Lancashire, said that it was "unbelievable for him to be able to go from 30mph to a virtual standstill and then to find the courage to push on again to win". Meanwhile Matthew, from Nottinghamshire, believes that it was a "brilliant front running display under pressure" and that "he clearly had a lot in the tank to survive the error at the last". Alan, from Ayrshire, said that "travelling a 700 mile round trip to see him was worth every yard!".
Do you think that he stands a chance in the Ryanair at this season's Cheltenham Festival?
Shloer Chase – Jonbon
One of Nicky Henderson's stable stars, Jonbon, was sent off as a 4/9 favourite in the Shloer Chase and he justified that short price by hacking up with ease. The remaining three in the field were made up of two Grade One winners and a Grade Two winner, which speaks to how impressive Jonbon's performance was. Nico de Boinville planted his mount in behind Editeur Du Gite for the early running, before going clear of the field four fences from home. From that point on he never looked back, storming to victory by over nine lengths.
Adam, from Manchester, told us he is "impressed with Jonbon everytime" and believes that he's "simply one of the best". Alan, from Buckinghamshire, went on to say that his performance was "all very impressive" and that "he jumped like a stag in what was his first run of the season".
How much of a threat will he pose to current short-priced favourite El Fabiolo in this season's Champion Chase?