The New One Prevails at Cheltenham

The opening race at Cheltenham on Saturday, saw Nicky Henderson's highly favourable smart novice, Kentucky Hyden turned over by a 33/1 shot. Ballyglasheen failed to succumb to Henderson's favourite, who couldn't hold off in a heated battle for first place. 


Double Ross prevailed for the Twiston-Davies team in the 2.25. An impressive jump two from home left Double Ross out in front. Over the last, 5 lengths clear, you would think Sam Twiston-Davies had it won. However, began to idle up front as Cantlow took on the favourite, Colour Squadron& then challenged for first place. Sam Twiston-Davies managed to squeeze a second wind from Double Ross as he finished strong. The New One showed his true colours proving his worth, overturning Zarkandar. Reversing the outcome at Aintree in April. Jumps Road showed strength against such a strong field, challenging both leaders, but a bump with Zarkandar hampered any winning possibilities. Brendan Powell aboard the 100/1 shot, tried to nip inside a small gap on the inside of Zarkandar but no such luck as clash that could of proved fatal occurred. Luckily both managed to hold on and finish the race unscathed, no doubt an outcome determining factor as Zarkandar was working hard at whittling away The New One's advantage.

A P McCoy & Jonjo O'Neill team up to deny French raider Gemix on More Of That. An impressive, yet calm ride from McCoy who was set to cruise for the majority of the race, waited and waited until the time came and McCoy eased pass Salubrious to win.   

On Sunday Mullins delivered at Navan opening with a winner on Sizing Tennessee. Odds on favourites Briar Hill winning a two horse race after two non-runners & Royal Caviar, both fulfilling their position in the market.  


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