Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Powell a golden great at Cheltenham

Brendan Powell celebrates on Golden Chieftain after winning the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase during Champion Day of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
Brendan Powell celebrates on Golden Chieftain after winning the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase during Champion Day of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire

Jockey Brendan Powell jnr enjoyed his first Cheltenham Festival winner when storming to victory on Golden Chieftain in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

The 3lb claimer, who is the son of former top jumps jockey Brendan Powell snr, got a good tune out of the bottom weight, trained by Colin Tizzard.

Golden Chieftain (28-1) came through to tackle the 13-2 favourite Our Mick, who had set sail for home at the third-last fence.

He shrugged Donald McCain's charge aside and galloped on strongly to score by 10 lengths.

Our Mick was two lengths ahead of the third-placed White Star Line, with Tullamore Dew fourth.

Tizzard said: "It all went to plan.

"We were half-worried he wouldn't get the trip - we didn't even know he was good enough to win a handicap at Cheltenham like this.

"Brendan has been good for a long time now, but he's getting better all the time.

"He's a cool boy, he's always in the right position and he listens.

"It's super when it all works out."

Powell said: "It's unbelievable - it hasn't sunk in.

"Everything that could have gone right did.

"He is a very classy horse and, in fairness to him, he probably was well handicapped.

"Things haven't gone right for him in the past, but he travelled superb and jumped brilliant and everything just clicked.

"I phoned up Joe (Tizzard, trainer's son) last night asking for a lift to Cheltenham and he asked me what rides I had.

"He didn't realise Golden Chieftain had got in, but thank goodness he did."

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