Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup
Grade 3, Handicap Chase, Cheltenham
£100,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 5f, Class 1
Saturday 14th December 2013

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1 Double Ross 7/1
2 Cantlow 14/1
3 Colour Squadron 9/2F
NR: Champion Court (IRE)
13 ran Distances: 2l, 3¼l, 9l
TIME 5m 13.39s (slow by 6.39s)

Nigel Twiston-Davies sent out his first winner of the £100,000 Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup when the second to bottom-weight, 7/1 chance Double Ross ridden by his son Sam Twiston-Davies, led two out and went clear before 14/1 hope Cantlow closed the gap to two lengths at the line.

Double Ross
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Double Ross

The winning rider said: “I needed to fill him up down the hill after a mistake to try to get a bit of life back into him and when I turned in he finished really well.

"The last 100 yards were a bit scary, but he is very genuine and a great credit to all the lads in the yard. Nige was confident – I was hoping for a bit of place money but it’s nice to be proven right by the trainer again.

" Double Ross is a very good jumper, the mistake was totally my fault at the top of the hill and he was very good to stay on his feet. Heavy ground is his speciality so for him to run like this on good ground opens up a lot more options for him.”

Nigel Twiston-Davies added: “He’s a novice, but that’s how you win these big races – he was quite leniently handicapped possibly. He’s always jumped well and done everything right. I nearly didn’t run him today because he likes soft ground – the softer the better.

"The front two went off very quick – they made it a real test of stamina and that suited him down to the ground. He’s only a handicapper, but will definitely keep paying his way. He is often keen but Sam was able to settle him today.”


Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup (a Handicap Chase)
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good

Beaten Distance
Double Ross
N A Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
10st 8lbs
7 - 1
P R Webber
R Thornton
11st 9lbs
14 - 1
2 lengths
Colour Squadron
P J Hobbs
A P McCoy
11st 7lbs
9 - 2
3 1/4 lengths
Sew On Target
C L Tizzard
Brendan Powell
10st 5lbs
14 - 1
9 lengths
Johns Spirit
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
11st 9lbs
11 - 2
Easter Meteor
Miss E C Lavelle
Aidan Coleman
11st 9lbs
14 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 12lbs
33 - 1
10 lengths
Tap Night
Miss Lucinda V Russell
P Buchanan
11st 6lbs
20 - 1
10 lengths
J M Jefferson
B Hughes
10st 12lbs
7 - 1
10 lengths
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 8lbs
8 - 1
Salut Flo
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 5lbs
8 - 1
Silver Roque
F O'Brien
P J Brennan
11st 4lbs
16 - 1
Ma Filleule
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 3lbs
14 - 1
Champion Court
M Keighley
Non Runner
12st 4lbs

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