Cleeve Hurdle 2013 

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Reve De Sivola Hangs Tough in Cleeve Hurdle

1 Reve De Sivola 15/8F
2 Oscar Whisky 2/1
3 Kentford Grey Lady 11/1
10 ran Distances: nk, 6l, 3¼l
TIME 6m 32.00s (slow by 51.00s)

The Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola was all out to hang on from Oscar Whisky in a pulsating finish to the Rewards4Racing Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Reve De Sivola
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Reve De Sivola
The eventual winner was always prominent under Richard Johnson, while in contrast Barry Geraghty sat waiting as long as he could to preserve the runner-up's unproven stamina.

Reve De Sivola edged clear of gallant leader Knockara Beau after two out, but Geraghty looked like he might have timed matters to absolute perfection at the last and it was only after a long battle up the run-in that Reve De Sivola (15-8 favourite) got the verdict by a neck.

Johnson said: "He's got a very big heart. To be fair, the owner said he wanted better ground. After Ascot I wasn't sure, but today he probably didn't enjoy it as much. He still toughed it out really well and it was a good performance.

"I had a little look turning in and I knew Barry was there. When he came to me this fella put his head down and he wants to win."

Williams added: "His win at Ascot was the best three-mile performance without Big Buck's, so I was quite confident coming here. The World Hurdle has to be our next step as we need three miles, and he doesn't have to have this sort of ground, although he wouldn't want it very quick."

Oscar Whisky

Oscar Whisky

Nicky Henderson said of Oscar Whisky, who was having just his second try at the three-mile trip: "No-one can say he didn't stay, he might want better ground and you could say he might not possibly now have to be ridden to get the trip.

"We have always had Aintree (two-and-a-half-mile Aintree Hurdle, of which he is a dual winner) as one of his races, but those were the best three-milers apart from Big Buck's and you might say that you have got to try three miles back here again (in March).

"If it came up soft there's still the Champion Hurdle, and it's something Dai (Walters, owner) and I have got to discuss."


Rewards4racing Cleeve Hurdle
£60,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Heavy (Soft in places)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Reve De Sivola
Nick Williams
R Johnson
11st 8lbs
15 - 8
Oscar Whisky
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 8lbs
2 - 1
Kentford Grey Lady
Miss E C Lavelle
D Elsworth
10st 7lbs
11 - 1
6 lengths
Knockara Beau
G A Charlton
P J Brennan
11st 0lbs
25 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Crack Away Jack
T R George
N Fehily
11st 0lbs
16 - 1
8 lengths
Cross Kennon
Jennie Candlish
S Quinlan
11st 0lbs
25 - 1
6 lengths
Kauto Stone
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 0lbs
8 - 1
24 lengths
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 4lbs
25 - 1
15 lengths
M Bradstock
Matthew Batchelor
11st 0lbs
66 - 1
10 lengths
A King
R Thornton
11st 0lbs
12 - 1
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