Sunday 22 September 2019

Nina Carberry excels again as Josies Orders delivers cross-country glory

Josies Orders ridden by Nina Carberry, right, jumps en route to victory
Josies Orders ridden by Nina Carberry, right, jumps en route to victory

Josies Orders won a dramatic race for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Nina Carberry brought the favourite from midfield to lead after jumping the last, galloping on resolutely up the hill to beat Any Currency and make it a seventh success in the race for Irish trainer Enda Bolger.

Alt hough Kingsmere unseated his rider at around halfway, it was pretty uneventful until the closing stages as Valadom made most of the running.

It was all change at five out where Uncle Junior fell and Josies Orders almost came down, leading to a great recovery by Carberry.

Sire Collonges had every chance when he slipped and unshipped Sam Twiston-Davies on the turn before the second-last obstacle.

There were still plenty to play for at the final flight where Dogora was short of room and got rid of Katie Walsh.

Any Currency made a gallant bid to hold Josies Orders (11-4 favourite), but found the burden of conceding that horse 23lb too much after three-miles-seven furlongs and 32 obstacles. Bless the Wings was third and Valadom fourth.

Carberry said: "It all went wrong from the Canal Turn and even after that he still slipped up.

"He did it well and wanted to win - he loved every minute of it.

"He got me out of trouble a few times, he did well to get back to where he was. The weight probably helped him a lot and he's a horse who likes to come from behind."

Asked about Tony McCoy's comments on Thursday that female riders could be offered a weight allowance, s he quipped: "I'd take the 3lb if he was giving it to me!"

She added: "I can understand where he is coming from, but I don't know whether it would create more opportunities."

Bolger said: "Her (Carberry's) experience showed again.

"There were horses falling around her and she got around them - she just gave him a great ride.

"Hopefully we'll come back here in December and then on to the Festival.

"He won a three-mile hurdle at Ascot and Aintree, so he was no ordinary horse.

"You need a horse that relaxes, which he does, and I thought today was the best cross-country field that I have seen for one of these races."

Knock House (9-2 joint-favourite) defied top weight to give Carberry a double in the Cheltenham Club Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase.

Mick Channon's charge jumped into the lead at the last and though long-time leader Foxbridge rallied on the run-in, Knock House would not be denied.

The winning margin was down to a neck at the line, with Alternatif five lengths back in third.

Channon said: "Nina gave him a great ride and Hen (Henrietta Knight, former trainer) has done all the schooling.

"He's always been a nice little horse and Tim (Radford, owner) wanted to come to Cheltenham because he's got a box in the new stand, so it's great to find him a winner.

"Three-mile-one is about as far as he wants to go at the moment.

"We were worried about the trip up the hill here."

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