Copper strikes Jewson gold
Published 18/03/2010 | 14:07
Copper Bleu (12-1) won an eventful renewal of the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase, the first race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.
There were plenty of casualties throughout the two-mile-five-furlong contest, but Richard Johnson weaved his way through the field to lead at the final fence.
Philip Hobbs' eight-year-old, who was fourth in the Supreme Novices' last year, began to idle out in front which enabled Paddy Brennan to have another go on runner-up Othermix.
The pair crossed paths on the run-in, but Johnson showed his strength to galvanise his mount once more and score by three and a half lengths.
Willie Mullins' The Midnight Club ran on well for third, with the well-backed China Rock in fourth.