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De Bromhead delighted with Tiara

Henry De Bromhead was thrilled with the performance of Special Tiara in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

Sent off an 18/1 chance for the contest, he jumped boldly out in front and only gave way to winner Dodging Bullets and second Somersby on the hill.

De Bromhead said: "I'm delighted with that run, Noel (Fehily) gave him a super ride. He got him filled up coming round home turn and coming to the second-last he thought he might win, but then he just petered out.

"To be fair he is better on a flatter track, but he has run a blinder and we are delighted.

"He's a good ground horse and we will look at Sandown or Punchestown, whichever one Dodging Bullets doesn't go for."

De Bromhead also saddled former winner Sizing Europe, who was seventh, beating home Mr Mole.

He said: "Johnny (Burke) didn't knock him around when he knew he was beaten. I have thought about retiring him, but I'm not going to make any decisions until I have spoken to the owners.

"The fact he has come back so many times just shows how he has stood the test of time."

Mick Channon, trainer of Festival veteran Somersby, said: "He's been in great form, it was only really the race at Ascot (Clarence House) where he disappointed. He has run pound for pound to his Tingle Creek form and run his race - I'm delighted for everybody."

Trainer Gary Moore felt a brisk surface counted against fourth-placed Sire De Grugy and was unhappy course officials did not apply further water on to the track.

"The ground wasn't soft enough for him," said the West Sussex handler.

"He showed at Chepstow how good he was when it's deep, but on ground like this, he wants two and a half miles these days.

"They call it our Olympics of racing and they don't produce good ground. It's dead ground. Why they don't water I'll never know.

"I'd be tempted to run at Punchestown now, if the ground was a little softer.

"If it was quick there, we could wait for the Celebration Chase at Sandown."

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