Carruthers Grabs Hennessy Glory
1 Carruthers 10/1
Carruthers outstayed his rivals to land a famous victory for the small stable of Mark Bradstock in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
The 10-1 shot, who is part-owned and was bred by Lord Oaksey, proved a popular victor as he held Planet Of Sound by three and three-quarter lengths in gutsy style. Fair Along stayed on from a long way back to be third, with Paddy Power winner Great Endeavour finishing fourth.
Mattie Batchelor always had the eight-year-old in the front rank and though he ploughed into one or two fences, he kept going and when big danger Great Endeavour ran out of petrol, he sealed victory with a fine leap at the final obstacle before keeping up to the task on the run to the line.
An emotional Batchelor said: "I can't speak. I lost my mum two years ago today.
"He's a brilliant old horse. Last year he was wrong, this year he's better than ever. I schooled him the other morning and he was in the form of his life. He doesn't know when to give up. He came up for me at the last - he's a great horse.
"Last week I was struggling for a winner, then on Thursday I got one (on Carruthers' half-brother Coneygree) and that was great, but to come here and win is fantastic."
Bradstock added: "It's my biggest win by a long way. You've got the King George and the Gold Cup, but the Hennessy is in the top six races you would want to win as a trainer.
"We bought the mare just as a bit of fun for John Oaksey's retirement and this is her first progeny. We're just a small yard, but we've got good owners and horses like this are a reason to get out of bed in the morning. He stays well and I'm so grateful for my wife, who does all the work with him."
Philip Hobbs was thrilled with the efforts of both Planet Of Sound and Fair Along.
He said: "Fair Along has run an absolute blinder and it looks like he's going to be suited by staying chases from now on. Planet Of Sound has run particularly well considering it was was his first run for nearly a year. He might be a nice horse to train for the Grand National."
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