Saturday 25 May 2019

Watch: Shattered Love lands massive gamble to give Gordon Elliott his fourth win of the week

Shattered Love ridden by Jack Kennedy before winning the 13:30 JLT Novices' Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Shattered Love ridden by Jack Kennedy before winning the 13:30 JLT Novices' Chase Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Graham Clark

Shattered Love gave trainer Gordon Elliott his fourth winner of the week at the Cheltenham Festival in the JLT Novices' Chase.

The seven-year-old mare was driven to lead between the last two fences by Jack Kennedy, after favourite Terrefort had set sail for home.

Shattered Love (4-1) jumped the last well and powered up the hill to give teenager Kennedy his third winner at the meeting, with Benatar third.

Kennedy said: "She's a super mare and she's only been improving. She does everything so easily.

"She jumped and travelled great. She's done it very well in the end."

Elliott said: "She's a good, big, tough mare - she looks like she's a gelding

"It's brilliant. I can't believe it. We knew she'd stay. She's won two Grade Ones now, so it's brilliant."

Gigginstown House Stud chief Michael O'Leary said: "She's a huge, great mare. The mares' allowance, which I don't always agree with, was very helpful there.

"She's always been a very good jumper - she beat Presenting Percy (RSA winner) at Punchestown earlier in the season. She's just a very good mare. She's built like a gelding, she's really come into her own over fences.

"It's another great training performance from Gordon."

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