Synopsis bounces back for Elliott at Cheltenham
Gordon Elliott's Synopsis defied top weight in the Mares' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham yesterday.
Disappointing on her two most recent outings over fences at Listowel and over hurdles at Cork, the six-year-old was a 13/2 chance to bounce back to form in the hands of British champion jockey Richard Johnson.
Black Tulip put up a bold show from the front, but Synopsis took over in the straight and powered clear to score by 10 lengths.
Elliott said: "She is good, honest mare. I thought it was an exceptional performance with the weight she had.
"Richard Johnson gave her a great ride. He let the race happen in front of them and followed them round. The ground was probably as good as she has had."
Fact Of The Matter emerged triumphant over My Hometown after a thrilling climax to the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase.
Jamie Snowden's charge was narrowly denied by the Enda Bolger-trained course specialist Josies Orders at the track last month and the pair renewed rivalry four weeks on.
My Hometown, a stablemate of Josies Orders, forced the pace for much of the three-mile-six-furlong journey and was still in a narrow lead rounding the home turn.
Fact Of The Matter soon ranged alongside and the pair fought tooth and nail up the hill, with Snowden's charge winning the day by a neck.
Powered Josies Orders ended up further back than connections would have wanted after some indifferent leaps, but powered home to beat Amazing Comedy to third.
The Worlds End got his chasing career back on track with an emphatic success in the Neville Lumb Novices' Chase.
After finishing third behind Ibis Du Rheu here last time out, the Tom George-trained seven-year-old reversed the form in defeating his old rival by 26 lengths under Noel Fehily, deputising for Adrian Heskin who suffered a broken leg at Taunton on Thursday.