Tuesday 17 July 2018

Watch: Farclas far too good in the Triumph for Gordon Elliott as favourite disappoints

Farclas ridden by Jack Kennedy wins the 13.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Farclas ridden by Jack Kennedy wins the 13.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Ashley Iveson

Farclas opened his account over jumps with a gritty performance to land the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Second in both his previous starts, the grey gelding made it third time lucky as he gave trainer Gordon Elliott a seventh winner at the meeting and jockey Jack Kennedy a fourth in the ever-familiar colours of Gigginstown House Stud, who have also had a successful time this week.

Stormy Ireland made most of the running, but she was under pressure when falling at the final flight, as several horses had every chance.

Farclas (9-1) stuck his head in front and kept up the momentum to hold Mr Adjudicator at bay by a length and three-quarters. The latter's trainer, Willie Mullins, was also responsible for the third, Sayo, who was three and a half lengths away.

Apple's Shakira, the Nicky Henderson-trained 6-5 favourite, was only fourth.

Kennedy said of the winner: "He's been running very well in his last two races and improving all the time. Gordon had him spot on today.

"He (Elliott) has done so well with these horses - it's unreal. He just leaves no stone unturned, his attention to detail is second to none."

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