Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero make Cheltenham Festival history

Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero make Cheltenham Competition historical past

A assessment of the motion from Friday on the Cheltenham Competition the place Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero made historical past when Iroko landed the ultimate race of the assembly.

Lossiemouth lands Triumph Hurdle

Lossiemouth (11/8 favorite) ran out a powerful winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle with coach Willie Mullins saddling the primary 4 house within the juvenile Grade One.

A seemingly unfortunate loser on the Dublin Racing Competition when hampered by a stablemate there have been no such considerations for jockey Paul Townend or favorite backers on this event regardless of a false begin and a few errant leaping from outsider Hypotenus who raced close to the tempo.

Lossiemouth travelled ominously properly racing down the hill however Townend was capable of maintain on to his filly earlier than asking her to go and win the race approaching the final. She quickened up in high-quality fashion, readily seeing off the challenges of Gala Marceau (the beneficiary on the DRF) and Zenda.

Stablemate Gust Of Wind was a good distance again in fourth with Ascending fifth.

Mullins did not have all of it his personal approach with Blood Future, favorite or joint-favourite within the ante-post markets, failing to fireplace with jockey Patrick Mullins saying he was crushed at midway and that the run was ‘too unhealthy to be true’.

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Delighted proprietor Wealthy Ricci, celebrating his twentieth Competition winner, stated: I felt unfortunate on the day after her final run and Im delighted the one who beat us that day was second because it franks the shape. Shes a stunning filly with numerous scope, shes Nationwide Hunt bred and could be very good.

Paul stated coming down the hill she needed to crack on, he held on to her simply sufficient, she crammed up and she or he responded to him which is nice because it reveals maturity. He stated when he let him go she was nice.

I’m glad for Paul as Willie hammered him the final day. For the document I didnt suppose it was Pauls fault I assumed the ways have been mistaken so its Willies fault really! Willie had his finest Jose Mourinho second and located another person accountable, however on the day Paul was gutted. Sport is about redemption, I all the time say that.

Its nice to be part of this, Tuesday was such a big day with Honeysuckle and Structure Hill Hill, then yesterday with Henry (de Bromhead) successful on the day there was a race named after Jack (de Bromhead), its a really particular week.

To have a winner is particular, its our twentieth winner however you by no means take it with no consideration, weve had sufficient losers.

“She was one from one at Auteuil. I believe she has acquired sufficient boot to go on the flat however my view can be to go to Punchestown and put her away for subsequent season. She is just 4 so possibly in two years time she is going to go for the Champion Hurdle relying on Structure Hill and the remainder of the sector. You might be asking me the identical query that Willie requested me about going to the flat along with her and Im unsure we’ve got to. Vauban is a greater query to go on the flat with him as a result of he has some scope on the flat and has an excellent score on the flat.

In the interim Punchestown is the subsequent factor for Lossiemouth and we’ll take it from there.”

Townend was joyful to make amends for the homeowners, saying: I believe she is superb. She could be very skilled, although she hasnt had an entire lot of racing. Fortunately we have been capable of make up for the mishap at Dublin for Wealthy and Susannah.

It wasnt excellent at that stage within the race to be trustworthy [that she was pulling my arms out at the top of the hill], however I wasnt going to combat her an excessive amount of, she was throwing her head a few bit, she simply needed to get on with it. I didnt query her stamina, so I simply needed to maintain at an excellent gallop. She was really, I assumed, having a little bit go searching up the straight.”

It was the Closutton handlers third win within the race in 4 years, having beforehand struck with Burning Victory in 2020 and Vauban final 12 months.

Mullins stated: She travelled into the race at possibly the five-furlong marker and slightly than preventing her Paul simply let her gallop and held onto her as a lot as he might for an extended as he might.

He thought she was really idling come up the straight and thinks there’s a little bit extra within the tank she appears a star mare.

However for the site visitors issues in Leopardstown shed be unbeaten for us. Im very pleased with how all of them ran, bar Blood Future (completed ninth) who was disappointing. I dont know what occurred to him, however all the remaining ran their race.

Its a pleasant begin to the day.

Requested whether or not Lossiemouth might be a candidate for subsequent years Champion Hurdle, Mullins added: Shes a chance the best way she got here up that hill there anyway. Theres each chance that shell go down that route.

Skelton lands one other County Hurdle

Dan Skelton had saddled three of the final seven winners of the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle and was anticipated to mount a daring bid to make it 4 with Pembroke despatched off the 9/2 favorite.

Nonetheless, it was 33/1 likelihood Faivoir who took the spoils, coming by means of with a well-timed problem beneath Bridget Andrews and edging out Pied Piper in an exhilarating end.

The pair pulled away from Filey Bay in third with Sharjah and Ballyadam ending fourth and fifth.

Skelton and Andrews had mixed to win the 2018 renewal with one other 33/1 likelihood in Mohaayed.

Prairie Dancer and Freeway One O Two minimize out a lot of the operating and have been nonetheless in entrance on the high of the hill. The latter went for house after the second final with the prominently ridden Anna Bunina despatched in pursuit however they have been quickly swamped by the closers and there have been half a dozen unfold throughout the observe on the final.

Faivoir had the stands’ facet rail to assist and rapidly pulled clear with Pied Piper and the pair have been separated by only a head on the line.

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Dans horses usually go for a little bit of room and attempt to get a transparent run spherical, however I really had a very tough run spherical,” Andrews stated.

“However each time I assumed I might change out, I form of felt like he was having fun with it – hes that form of character; keep in, keep courageous, though I wasnt feeling that courageous on the time. He jumped nice, and downhill I might simply sit for a minute. Delivering all of it opened up and I knew he would see it out properly, though he is usually a little bit of a personality. Dan would say dont get there too quickly, and I in all probability did get there too quickly, however I used to be getting loads of weight, so he might see it by means of.

I do know the horse is a monkey however I all the time felt like he was simply preserving his nostril in entrance and giving me every thing. Hed by no means be a horse who would go on and go clear, however I all the time felt like I used to be simply holding. Hes in all probability not probably the most pure jumper, however he retains his head up and could be very, superb together with his ft. Even when he doesnt see rather a lot he can form of get his approach out of hassle. He gave me his all in the present day.

Dan appears to be mastering them [big handicaps at Cheltenham]. I all the time felt so fortunate that I had one winner right here; there are far, far superior jockeys who’ve had no winners right here, so to get a second one is fairly particular.

Skelton, who received this race beforehand with Excellent Story (2016), Mohaayed (2018) and Chtibello (2019), stated: I used to be watching Pembroke the entire approach round and for a novice in a subject like that when he made the error two out that was it. He may have his day as he’s an excellent horse. Trusting a novice in a giant subject like that is exhausting however all energy to Bridget.

As soon as he went all the way down to the final like that I simply felt it was attainable. It’s fairly good. That was completely good Bridget. I used to be watching Pembroke the entire approach spherical and outdated Favoir nips in up the straight and pulls out one in all them.

It was an ideal little bit of using from Bridget. She doesnt get many dances on the massive stage as a result of clearly Harry takes priority however as you’ll be able to see she is greater than succesful and Im very pleased with her. I stated on tv earlier than he went on the market we thought he would win a type of large handicaps this season and he went to Newbury the opposite day and he stated no approach not on that floor. She has received a Grade Two on him and she or he has executed loads on him. He’s only a good horse on his day and understands the massive fields and that’s the one factor I had at the back of my thoughts about Pembroke, however he’s an excellent horse and Ive not misplaced religion in him.

Fay wins Albert Bartlett as favorite runs out

Keep Away Fay (18/1) received the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls however the outcome could have been completely different had Corbetts Cross jumped the final.

The winner was all the time to the fore and had in no way cried sufficient however Corbetts Cross had travelled properly all through and was alongside heading to the ultimate flight. Nonetheless, he jinked to his proper unseating jockey Mark Walsh who crashed by means of the wings.

That left Keep Away Fay clear however solely by a size or so from Inexpensive Fury with Sandor Clegane and Letsbeclearboutit in behind.

Inexpensive Fury, despatched off at 150/1, tried exhausting however could not reel within the winner who had a size in hand on the line.

Sandor Clegane was third, Letsbeclearaboutit fourth with Three Card Brag fifth.

The winner was part-owned by Chris Giles who has loved an excellent run of success having landed a giant race double at Sandown previous to the Cheltenham Competition.

“I did him in an each-way double with Greaneteen and he was third within the Champion Chase. Ladbrokes will likely be taking a look at my account asking why is that this man not closed! All spherical it has been an excellent seven days, he stated.

That was unbelievable. He jumped properly, travelled properly and was given an ideal journey by Harry Cobden. We thought we would get swamped and executed for toe however he stays on. Possibly he favored the bottom, however we didnt know if he would. I simply thought we wish to see how travels and the way he would keep in opposition to the Irish horses.

We thought possibly a high 5 – 6 end can be good however he has exceeded all expectations. It’s unbelievable as he’s a chaser for subsequent season. It’ll head downhill sooner or later because it all the time does however that was great.

He had sufficient tempo and possibly the bottom helped because it was his first time on it. He’s one to be enthusiastic about. You cant beat it anytime right here, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday they’re all good. That’s what Paul (Nichols) desires to do (go chasing) and he appears that form of horse. He was revved up for it and he was nervous and you possibly can see the adrenalin pumping within the pre-parade ring. It was an excellent expertise for him in the present day. He has acquired a little bit of filling out in the present day. Am I going to abandon Paul Nicholls, no approach by no means. We’re in search of extra.

We tried to purchase one final evening however it’s powerful within the gross sales. Yesterday within the Turners that was a pleasant win (for Stage Star) and it proves Paul continues to be round and hopefully that maintained it. Dont fear he will likely be promoting me extra. The prize cash by no means stays within the account for lengthy. I really like the sport so I preserve investing for days like in the present day.”

Walsh was injured within the incident on the final and was stood down for the day by the Physician, due to this fact lacking his journey within the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard former winner Minella Indo.

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A delighted Nicholls stated: I assumed hed run properly as he ought to have received the final day and hes taken a step ahead since then and he appeared unbelievable. We have been very constructive on him in the present day, he jumped rather well and its solely the third run of his life, theres a great deal of enchancment to return.

Nicely in all probability go to Aintree with him if hes all proper, in any other case it will likely be chasing subsequent 12 months.

Hes been fairly backward, thats the most effective hes jumped in the present day, hes only a younger, enhancing horse.

He added: At house he does all his work with Hermes Allen as they’re each a bit one-paced and he has taken a giant step ahead. He in all probability ought to have received at Doncaster, hes improved since and its simply unbelievable.

I believe Hermes Allen will in all probability have a wind op however hell go chasing too, they’re two very nice horses to go chasing with.

Cobden added: They went an excellent even gallop however he’s a horse that sits a little bit bit excessive within the bridle. Right this moment he travelled very properly and jumped nice and delivering I assumed I had a pleasant bit left and he was going to remain all the best way to the road. He acquired an excellent leap on the final however he idled a bit in entrance.

He’s very powerful and clearly an excellent horse. From a jockeys perspective it’s a lengthy solution to be in entrance from delivering to the final. For an inexperienced horse with the gang and all of the cheering he was pulling up a little bit bit in entrance so he did properly to maintain going. I actually fancied him and I assumed he had a large likelihood coming into this race. First outing he was inexperienced and stayed going and he beat a pleasant horse of Dan Skeltons. Lorcan (Williams) was a bit unfortunate on him at Doncaster after that.

“Paul has put him away and skilled him for someday. The one factor that made me fancy him much more was when Kilbricken Storm received the race I assumed this horse was rather a lot higher than he was which gave me extra confidence on him. He (Thyme White) wouldnt have received anyway. It’s a type of occasions the place there was a great deal of strain going into day two while you havent acquired a winner and also you wish to get one.

Visually he appeared like he was going to win however from the place I used to be sitting he didnt appear like he was going to stand up the hill. It’s nice we’ve got acquired some good younger horses however we’ve got acquired to maintain going to the gross sales.

Meade stated of the runner-up: He was solely 150/1 as a result of he nearly pulled up the final day and there have been causes for that. He acquired a fall after they went too fast within the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan in November they went a mad gallop and he ended up on the ground.

He in all probability would have received that day had he stood up after which we ran him again inside 4 weeks within the Grade One at Naas and it was too quickly he simply bombed out. We freshened him up and he’s a really, superb horse. I believe hell be a proper good chaser as hes an excellent jumper and an excellent stayer and he acquired probably the most good journey in the present day from a younger fella (Sam Ewing).

Paul Nolan was barely left questioning what may need been with Sandor Clegane.

He stated: It was a giant run. We knew he was higher than his run in Leopardstown and he needed to go to the road higher than he did that day. He in all probability didnt get the run of the race in the present day. He acquired hampered on the very first after which he was shuffled again to final and pushed out extensive. Id like to take a look at the race once more, however I believe possibly he may need been the unfortunate one.

Youre all the time joyful while you get a cheer at some stage. He ran properly and he stays properly and he stays an thrilling prospect.

I simply thought the best way he closed to the road after the gap he needed to make up and being extensive, we have been unfortunate, however it’s what it’s.

Magic lead to Hunter Chase

Premier Magic (66/1) ran out a shock winner of the St. James’s Place Competition Problem Cup Open Hunters’ Chase beneath coach / jockey Bradley Gibbs.

The winner got here by means of to problem two from house and was clear having jumped the final however there was a free horse in the best way on the hill and he started to tie up.

Nonetheless, the 10-year-old had sufficient petrol left within the tank to carry on for a well-known victory.

Vaucelet, the 9/4 favorite, was all the time properly positioned however could not go along with the leaders from three out whereas final 12 months’s winner Billaway fell on the primary circuit.

The strong-finishing It is On The Line completed second with Shantou Flyer third beneath Olive Nicholls, daughter of Paul, and Rocky’s Howya fourth.

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For Gibbs, who geared up the gelding with cheekpieces, it was a career-high second, but it was additionally barely bittersweet.

He stated: The worst half about it’s my associate and my son arent right here in the present day. We couldnt get a babysitter and my dads in hospital having a coronary heart operation in the present day. Its actually particular however I simply want they might have been right here.

It was unbelievable, my fiancees father owns him and we got here right here final 12 months pondering we had an opportunity. I rode him down the within and every thing simply acquired a bit tight for him, he simply acquired stage fright actually. I rode him extensive in the present day and he was a very completely different horse.

The way in which hes been successful his point-to-points, we all the time thought he was adequate to win a giant race like this and thank god its paid off in the present day.

“This simply doesnt occur to folks like me, you understand? Im from a small village in Wales and doubtless used to coach simply 4, 5 horses, and constructed it up and constructed it up, and thank God we landed on one like this. An excellent pal of mine from Eire, Jimmy Kelly, buys all my horses for me and he purchased this one 4 or 5 years in the past and paid 5,000 for him. This can be a proper one, he stated, and thank God he was proper. Hes an excellent decide and Ive had loads of good horses off him.

We put the cheekpieces on in the present day for the primary time – Jimmy (Sherriff, proprietor) and I spoke a couple of days in the past and he stated to attempt them. He jumped and travelled in all places in the present day, and coming down the hill I hoped to God I wouldnt get caught, however I knew he would preserve galloping to the road.

I used to be having an excellent run on the primary circuit spherical the skin, and the free horses simply got here in and throughout me and it was simply beginning to get a bit messy. Down the again to 4 out one got here throughout me once more, and even midway up the run-in my horse acquired to it after which stopped, and I assumed, oh no, please dont cease midway up the run-in, however he acquired going once more and thank God, he stayed there to the road. The run-in felt like about 5 miles lengthy in the present day!

That is large for British point-to-pointing. Youve acquired all the highest boys right here, like Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, operating in the present day, and for a Welshman to win it – that doesnt occur fairly often. The larger trainers usually rule races like these, and we’re real point-to-point folks. Its good for us to return and be capable to win one in all these races.

Ive ridden 230-odd point-to-point winners. I had a giant begin off Dad – he simply purchased me what he might, went by means of the horse racing and showjumping, then Dad began shopping for a couple of pointers for me; we werent spending a lot cash, but it surely acquired me going, thank God, and we had an excellent step up once we moved to Claires fathers farm in Hertfordshire close to Lemsford. Its our third season coaching out of there – we had 15 winners the primary season and 21 the second season, and now weve had a Cheltenham Foxhunters winner!

Profitable proprietor, Julian Sherriff, was one of many few who made the many of the 10-year-olds beneficiant odds.

He stated: We purchased him 4 or 5 years in the past in Eire and hes executed us proud in factors and hunter chases however that is completely unbelievable. Bradley stated he had an actual likelihood and so elevated my wager, and I acquired 100/1. Hes acquired an engine on him, what a horse, it makes every thing you set into the sport price it.

Impervious imperious in Mares’ Chase

Impervious (15/8) stretched her unbeaten document over fences to 4 with a gallant victory within the Mrs Paddy Energy Mares’ Chase beneath Brian Hayes.

The sector did not get away on the first time of asking and when the starter did elevate the flag, Magic Daze planted herself and refused to set off. With out the front-running mare within the subject, it was left to Zambella and Pink Legend, second final 12 months, to make the operating.

The latter was nonetheless in there pitching away two out however the market leaders Impervious and Allegorie De Vassy have been in her slipstream. They eased to the entrance and jumped the final along with Allegorie De Vassy going half a size up however Impervious and Hayes have been to not be denied, rallying strongly to expire a deserving winner.

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“She winged the primary, winged the second and was all the time touchdown operating however fortunately Daryl Jacob was preserving her busy on the entrance finish. She’s very fast, she’s tempo however she stays very properly as properly,” stated Hayes.

“Paul handed her however pure guts. Head down, ears again, she simply desires it you understand. She’s a category act, she has scope and energy and she or he commits to it.

I believe Ive received 5 races on her now, shes a smashing mare, and now Ive acquired a Competition win on her. That is my first Competition winner, numerous lads depart right here with out one however Ive acquired one and its wonderful.

It was a fifth Competition success for coach Colm Murphy, however the first since Empire Of Filth in 2016 for the person who saddled Courageous Inca to land the Supreme Novices Hurdle in 2004 and the Champion Hurdle two years later.

Murphy stated: Im completely delighted, she was very powerful, its unbelievable. To be stood right here once more is among the causes I got here again (after spell away from coaching), this is the reason all of us do it. Im simply lucky sufficient to have one other actually good one.

Ive all the time actually favored her, proper by means of her bumper and hurdle days. You hope and hope that someday theyll go and do what shes simply executed. Taking a look at that I’d agree that shed get additional if we needed her to, Id say weve acquired a great deal of choices along with her.

I really dont know if shell run once more this season. Id say properly get her house, give her a couple of entries and take it from there.

I used to be sporting a fortunate shamrock, its clearly executed the trick.

Landmark success for Greenall and Guerriero

Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero have loved a terrific first season as joint-licence holders and have become the primary to win a race on the Cheltenham Competition when Iroko (6/1) landed loads of bets within the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

The five-year-old appeared to be struggling racing down the hill with jockey Aidan Kelly niggling however he caught to his activity very gamely. There was loads of scrimmaging from the underside of the hill and Iroko was solely in third leaping the final with the strong-travelling No Bizarre Joe – owned, just like the winner, by JP McManus – and Buddy One forward of him.

Iroko, nonetheless, was to not be denied and stayed on resolutely up the hill to document a well-known success.

The decide needed to resort to a photograph for the minor locations with No Bizarre Joe claiming second from Buddy One with May I edging out Think about for fourth.

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Greenall stated: I cant describe the sensation, actually – wonderful. We all the time knew the horse was good, however we simply felt possibly  hed be tapped for toe a little bit right here. However he managed to carry his place – he got here off the bridle early sufficient and jumped so properly, even when off the bridle.

“Hes such a simple horse, so simple, simply powerful, trustworthy. He reveals nothing at house,  hes not an excellent work horse, however hes so simple, doesnt take a lot work – hes a dream. He toughed it out and winged the final, and its simply nice.

I rode the winner of the Foxhunters right here in 2008 [on Amicelli], so to coach one right here is wonderful. Josh primarily works on the horse facet and is there daily, and I do extra with the homeowners. Weve acquired 70 in coaching, with 50 operating at anybody time, primarily over jumps however some on the Flat too.

The successful jockey, Kelly, added: We went an excellent gallop all through and my primary directions have been to get an excellent break. We acquired a stunning breakaway and we have been going an excellent gallop. Taking place the again we have been struggling a contact and I simply needed to nudge him alongside however hes an out and out stayer. Thank god he dealt with that hill properly. As quickly because the hole got here he quickened up properly and simply after leaping the final I assumed possibly I’ll or possibly I wont however after I acquired after him he put his head down and galloped rather well to the road.

That is my first time right here and I used to be form of taking all of it in yesterday. To complete second (in yesterdays Pertemps Ultimate on Salvador Ziggy) was nice and having a winner simply tops it off. To journey a winner right here is wonderful and I nonetheless cant imagine it. The stroll again was wonderful, I noticed so many individuals I knew and much I didnt and I appreciated all of them as they have been all cheering for me. Its each jockeys dream to journey a winner right here. Even to journey a winner is nice as its very exhausting to get getting into Eire, that was my 18th winner in the present day and that is one I wont neglect.

Its simply powerful to get on horses who can really win. That is my fifth or sixth season now and issues have appeared to begin going properly from the beginning of the season. Hopefully I can high this subsequent 12 months!

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