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Grey's day at Cheltenham

Chicago Grey was given a fine waiting ride by Derek O'Connor before coming out on top in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.

The 5-1 favourite jumped accurately throughout the four-mile contest but still had plenty of work to do as the field skipped on down the hill for the final time.

Beshabar was the first to commit for home and the two of them approached the final fence as one, but it was Gordon Elliott's charge who got away from it the faster and he stormed away to secure a four-and-a-half-length victory.

O'Connor said: "John Earls, the owner of this horse, Gordon Elliott, and Paul Carberry have instilled faith into me the last two months.

"I'm just delighted to be here and I thank them all very much. He's an out-and-out stayer and jumps from fence to fence."

It was a first ever Festival success for Elliott and the Irishman, who went on to a double with Carlito Brigante in the Coral Cup, was understandably thrilled.

"It's probably the biggest day of my training career. We've won a Grand National, but this is what it's all about," he said.

"Derek gave him a great ride. You have to have these good amateurs in this race - AP couldn't have given this horse a better ride today.

"I was never really worried all the way through the race and it's great for the yard. This race has been the target all year and I don't really have any plans for him."


From Belfast Telegraph