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Cheltenham 2017: Best yet to come from my crop, says Dennison

By Ron McKnight

After a messy start to the RSA Novice Chase at Cheltenham yesterday, Bellshill - formerly owned by Templepatrick's Wilson Dennison - was playing catch-up for most of the race before finishing strongly to take third place.

Former owner Dennison said: "Mine (horses sold) are running well but not hitting the back of the net so far - I think the best have still to come."

Monksland (66/1) ran a monster race to finish a close fourth in the Coral Cup for the Belfast-based Hunt family and trainer Noel Meade, being outpaced in the closing stages.

All-Ireland champion rider Jamie Codd won at the Kirkistown point to point last weekend but is no stranger to the big stage and Cause Of Causes - recording his third Festival victory - landed the Cross Country feature for the top amateur, giving trainer Gordon Elliott, who also had the runner-up, his fourth winner of the week.

Codd doubled up on day two when also claiming the concluding bumper with another Elliott runner, Fayonagh - highlighted in yesterday's paper as the preferred selection.

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