More of That returns with a bang
Published 14/11/2015 | 02:30
If Tony McCoy ever has pangs about quitting the saddle, it will be horses like More of That which will bring them on.
The seven-year-old former World Hurdle winner returned from 12 months off as though he had never been away by making a winning debut over fences in yesterday's Steel Plate And Sections Novice Chase at Cheltenham.
Having won over three miles as a hurdler, two miles might have been a bit on the short side, but he proved he still has plenty of speed when beating As De Mee and Dell' Arca, respectable hurdlers without being quite in his league, comfortably enough and his jumping was good.
Josies Orders won a dramatic race for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
Nina Carberry brought the favourite from midfield to lead after jumping the last, galloping on resolutely up the hill to beat Any Currency and make it a seventh success in the race for Enda Bolger.
Although Kingsmere unseated his rider at around halfway, it was pretty uneventful until the closing stages as Valadom made most of the running.
It was all change, however, at five out where Uncle Junior fell and Josies Orders almost came down.
Sire Collonges had every chance when he slipped and unshipped Sam Twiston-Davies on the turn before the second-last and there were still plenty to play for at the final flight where Dogora unseated Katie Walsh.
Any Currency made a gallant bid to hold Josies Orders (11/4 favourite), but found the burden of conceding 23lb too much after three-miles-seven furlongs and 32 obstacles. Bless The Wings was third and Valadom fourth.
Knock House (9/2 joint-favourite) defied top weight to give Carberry a double in the Cheltenham Club Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase.
Mick Channon's charge jumped into the lead at the last and, though long-time leader Foxbridge rallied on the run-in, Knock House would not be denied.