bet365 Celebration Chase
Grade 1, Sandown 15:35
£125,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m, Class 1    
Saturday 29th April 2017

Special Tiara could aim to follow up his Queen Mother Champion Chase victory with a second success in the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April.

Special Tiara
© Caroline Norris
Special Tiara

The 10-year-old had finished third in the Cheltenham Festival feature in 2015 and 2016, but he finally enjoyed his moment in the spotlight when seeing off Fox Norton by a head.

Owner Sally Rowley-Williams believes the sound ground conditions at Cheltenham played a key role in her horse's victory, and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Special Tiara is now set to contest the Celebration Chase - a race he won in 2015 - on the final day of the season.

Rowley-Williams said: "It was a wonderful day. I've always been a big believer in my horse and it was great to see him do it on the big day.

"It does make you think if he had had that quicker ground over the years, how much more could he have achieved?

"We were just lucky that all the stars aligned on the day and he was able to show his best.

"Punchestown would be unlikely. He does run well at Sandown and I think he's going for the Celebration Chase, all being well.

"He's won the race before and should have won a Tingle Creek, too, but for getting a bump, so he does like Sandown."

bet365 Celebration Chase 2016
£125,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Sprinter Sacre (FR) 11/10f Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 10
2nd 15 Un De Sceaux (FR) 5/4 P Townend
W P Mullins 8
3rd 1 Dodging Bullets 12/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 8
4th 7 Sire De Grugy (FR) 12/1 J E Moore
G L Moore 10
5th ½ Solar Impulse (FR) 50/1 Sean Bowen
P F Nicholls 6
6th 23 Ulck Du Lin (FR) 80/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 8