Cheltenham report: Nigel Twiston-Davies steals show with treble

Sat 28 Oct 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Nigel Twiston-Davies took the training plaudits at Cheltenham on Saturday after securing a treble initiated by Cogry (13-2), who scored a four-length success under the handler's son Sam in the randoxhealth.com Handicap Chase.

The trainer said: "His jumped really well, it has all come together and he was pretty impressive today. We will think about the Grand National, but he's got (to find) a bit of improvement to get into that.

"We will look at the Ladbrokes Trophy and that is a very strong possibility."

Foxtail Hill (15-2) went one better than his last visit at the track when providing the pair with more success in holding off Le Prezien by a neck in the Randox Health Handicap Chase.

Twiston-Davies said: "He jumped them all silly. I thought two and a half was his best distance, but I am not sure now. We will look at the BetVictor next. I thought Sam was very good today.

"We had two broken backs off two different horses (Ryan Hatch, Cogry and Willy Twiston-Davies, Foxtail Hill) and they have both come back and put it right.

"It was a bit of a worry putting my eldest son on horses that damaged two people, but it has all worked out."

Callet Mad (6-5) completed the Naunton handler's haul when taking the Junior Jumpers Novices' Hurdle by four and a half lengths.

Henry de Bromhead enjoyed the perfect 45th birthday present after Twobeelucky (9-4) returned to winning ways when running out a stylish five-length victor in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle.

He said: "He is an exciting horse for us and we will see what we do. Hopefully he might come back here in March and he might be a horse for the County Hurdle."

Jamie Snowden saw his long-term plan for Double Treasure move a significant step closer with victory in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Having rattled up a hat-trick of wins in handicap company, the six-year-old snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to clinch the two-and-a-half-mile prize by three and three-quarter lengths to set up a return to the track for next month's BetVictor Gold Cup.

Snowden said of the 9-1 winner: "I thought we were beaten at the top of the hill. Gavin Sheehan gave him a peach of a ride. I stopped shouting, but he got a nice seam up the inner and he jumped the last particularly nicely and stormed up the hill.

"The BetVictor was the plan before today. He is improving and he has won his last four starts and he deserves to take his chance in a nice, big pot."

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Thomas Campbell made a winning return at the track for the second year in succession when taking the Pertemps Network Handicap Qualifier leading to this reaction from winning trainer Nicky Henderson.

He said: "If there is a kerfuffle or anything going on at the yard, Thomas is always in the middle of it. Dennis The Menace would be his nickname."

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY:

The concluding National Hunt Flat race had plenty of bigger yards taking their chances, but the way in which the Fergal O'Brien-trained Herecomestheboom cast them aside turned what looked looked a competitive race into a one-horse show.

RIDE OF THE DAY:

Stamina was always on the side of Foxtail Hill, although he needed all of Sam Twiston-Davies efforts in the saddle to ensure he repelled the late raid of Le Prezien.

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