Classy Hill too good in Foxhunter
Published 14/03/2014 | 17:46
Tammys Hill got on top close home to claim the CGA Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham.
Held up for most of the race, the Liam Lennon-trained nine-year-old crept into contention under James Smyth from four out as Carsonstown Boy made the pace from the outset.
The long-time leader would not give in without a battle and he kept on for second place, three and a quarter lengths behind the 15-2 winner.
The well-fancied On The Fringe came with a threatening run but could not maintain his bid and finished third, a length and three-quarters away.
Smyth said: "Fantastic, he jumped brilliant. We've fancied him for three years!"
Lennon said: "It's unbelievable. Totally unreal.
"It's a great achievement for the Smyths. They bred this horse themselves and it's some achievement for James. He's 35 now and in his twilight years.
"I actually won a race on this horse's mother - so she must have been a good mare!
"I finished fourth in this race on a good horse called Joe Blake. I was coming towards the end of my career and probably should have won.
"I think this horse deserves a shot at a good pot now - maybe something like the Irish Grand National."