Sunday 8 December 2019

Copper strikes Jewson gold

Copper Bleu (right) winner of the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase Photo: PA
Copper Bleu (right) winner of the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase Photo: PA

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.

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