Randox Health Handicap Chase
Cheltenham 15:10
£50,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m, Class 2    
Saturday 28th October 2017

1 Foxtail Hill 15/2
2 Le Prezien 5/2F
3 Sizing Platinum 12/1
15 ran NR: Exitas Distances: nk, 11l, 7l
Time: 3m 56.20s (slow by 4.20s)

Foxtail Hill lands a double for team Twiston-Davies

Foxtail Hill
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Foxtail Hill
 
Trainer Nigel and jockey Sam teamed up to capture the 15-runner two-mile Randox Health Handicap Chase with Foxtail Hill, who gamely made all and fended off the late challenge of Le Prezien (Paul Nicholls/Barry Geraghty) to prevail by a neck. 
 
Sam Twiston-Davies said: "I didn't think that Foxtail Hill would be sharp enough early , but he got into a really good rhythm - he has winged every fence and was very brave when he needed to be in the straight. 

"I said to Dad beforehand that there were a lot of sharp horses in the race and I wouldn't be surprised if we had to sit a little bit further back, but he was adamant that Foxtail Hill had been really raring at home and there wasn't a horse that could lay up with him in his early bits of work. 
 
"The horse got into a great rhythm, found it all smooth and jumped really well when I needed him to. It was a little bit of a surprise but, at the same time, I am really happy. 
 
"Paul Nicholls obviously gets his horses very fit and, when you see them coming, you know that it is going to be a real fight. One thing about Foxtail Hill is that he is a really tough horse and he was always going to dig in when it came to a scrap. 
 
"It was a good test today and, depending what the handicapper does, he will probably take his place in the BetVictor Gold Cup (G3, 2m 4½f, November 18) back here next month. He will be one of those horses that whoever is riding him will be looking forward to because he is very tough and can be hard to peg back round here."

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Randox Health Handicap Chase
£50,000.00 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 2
15 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Foxtail Hill (IRE) 15/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
10-8
N A Twiston-Davies 8
2nd nk Le Prezien (FR) 5/2f B J Geraghty
10-12
P F Nicholls 6
3rd 11 Sizing Platinum (IRE) 12/1 B J Cooper
11-2
C L Tizzard 9
4th 7 Poker School (IRE) 5/1 J E Moore
10-0
Ian Williams 7
5th 1 Cobra De Mai (FR) 7/1 Harry Skelton
10-2
D Skelton 5
6th ¾ Doitforthevillage (IRE) 20/1 P J Brennan
10-3
P Henderson 8
7th ½ Vaniteux (FR) 20/1 T Scudamore
11-12
D Pipe 8
8th Some Plan (IRE) 12/1 A E Lynch
11-0
H de Bromhead 9
9th 7 Theflyingportrait (IRE) 25/1 Sean Quinlan
10-8
Jennie Candlish 8
10th 3 Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 25/1 R M Power
10-5
Mrs J Harrington 8
11th 11 Eastlake (IRE) 40/1 Aidan Coleman
11-4
Jonjo O'Neill 11
12th ½ Lord Ballim (FR) 33/1 C Gethings (3)
10-0
N J Hawke 7
13th Un Beau Roman (FR) 33/1 James Best
10-0
P Henderson 9
14th 17 Double W's (IRE) 8/1 B Hughes
10-10
J M Jefferson 7
15th 12 Lord Ben (IRE) 100/1 Sean Houlihan (7)
10-0
D L Williams 12
NR Exitas (IRE) (ex7) James Bowen (7)
10-0
P W Middleton 9