Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
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The Festival 2019: Dodgeball parody launched ahead of Prestbury Cup

The Festival 2019: Dodgeball parody launched ahead of Prestbury Cup

While that five-year-old finished 13th, 50/1 chance Eglantine Du Seuil battled hard to pip 66/1 stablemate Concertista by a short-head with the Gordon Elliott-trained 40/1 chance Tintangle taking third to produce a monstrous £73,711.25 payout on the Tricast. I'm delighted for Keith - we've had a rough week and it is nice to get a win.

Presenting Percy had not run over fences since winning the RSA Chase 12 months earlier but Reynolds, the son of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, said: "I said before the race I wasn't going to give his preparation as an excuse".

The second, Concertista, had never run over hurdles before, and had not run in a race since leaving France in 2017. "I'll talk to Pat in the morning and we'll see how the horse is and make up our minds then". She just got into a little bit of trouble before the last and I was hoping he might come.

Elliott had the favourite in the race, Apple's Jade, but the mare was beaten a long way out, not enjoying having her normal front-running tactics challenged by Melon.

The winning rider Noel Fehily announced that this was his last Cheltenham Festival and that he would soon retire, after what was his first success of the week.

But it is 16 years since the favourite won this ferociously competitive handicap, while eight of the last 10 winners started at odds of 14-1 or bigger, so it can pay to look beyond the obvious.

Mullins said: "I've got used to the disappointment of finishing second". He continued, "I am not getting any younger and it is a young man's game". I wasn't where I wanted to be over the first two fences, but turning down the back he got a couple of good jumps and everything just flowed for me. I have spoken to my agent Chris Broad, who had been brilliant, and my wife and kids. He added: "It's been a fantastic time". Certain jockeys may never win the feature race of their lives, like the Grand National or the Champion Hurdle.

The RSA Chase Leader selection Delta Work run third, with noted Santini second behind victor and noted runner Top Of The Game. He didn't travel like he did a year ago.

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