Saturday 27 December 2014

Classy Hill too good in Foxhunter

Published 14/03/2014 | 17:46

Racegoers watch  from the stands on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Racegoers watch from the stands on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

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."

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