Sunday 20 October 2019

'Yahoo wasn't a great horse, but I felt he had everything in his favour that day'

Yahoo has no answer to the late charge of Desert Orchid and Simon Sherwood Orchid and Simon Sherwood Yahoo
Yahoo has no answer to the late charge of Desert Orchid and Simon Sherwood Orchid and Simon Sherwood Yahoo

Yahoo went into the Gold Cup an outsider, having been beaten in three good handicaps since his second in Wetherby's Charlie Hall Chase, but trainer John Edwards admits he was nevertheless "gutted" at being beaten.

Edwards recalls: "It was disappointing as I felt Yahoo was a little unlucky. He wasn't a great horse, but he won a lot of races and conditions were perfect for him that day. He was a 25/1 chance, but I felt he had everything in his favour.

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"Then when Ten Plus fell three out we soon found ourselves in front, and that was it so far as I was concerned, as Yahoo was a horse who didn't want to be in front any longer than he had to be. He was always best delivered really late."

Yahoo was worried out of it, having looked to be going much the better, but the afternoon ended in spectacular fashion for the stable.

Victories in the next two races, in the Ritz Club National Hunt Chase with Dixton House and in the Cathcart with Observer Corps - a 66/1 chance making his debut for the stable - gave Edwards a share in the meeting's top trainer award.

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