Randox Handicap Chase
Cheltenham 13:50
£50,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 2   
Saturday 22nd October 2016

1 Coologue 8/1
2 Keltus 8/1
3 Silver Man 14/1
NR: Any Currency (IRE), Bucking The Trend
12 ran Distances: 1l, 10l, 1½l
TIME 6m 22.40s (slow by 17.40s)

Richard Johnson gets Coologue back up to beat Keltus

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Coologue continued the good run of form for trainer Charlie Longsdon in the opening race of the day, the £50,000 Randox Handicap Chase over three miles and a furlong.

The eight-year-old, with champion jockey Richard Johnson up, led turning into the straight and fought off the strong challenge of Keltus (Paul Nicholls/Nick Scholfield, 8/1) after the last to win by a length. Henryville (Harry Fry/Noel Fehily), sent off the 5/1 favourite, was pulled up.

Johnson said: "Coologue is usually a weak finisher but Charlie said he had a wind op over the summer and that seems to have definitely helped him today.

"They went a good gallop and then we took it up halfway down the back straight. I could feel Keltus coming at me and you're always worried when that happens up the Cheltenham hill because it is a long way to the winning post.

"Charlie's yard is in great form and, when it's like that, the horses usually run up to their best form."

Randox Handicap Chase
£50,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 2
12 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Coologue (IRE) 8/1 R Johnson
C E Longsdon 7
2nd 1 Keltus (FR) 8/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 6
3rd 10 Silver Man 14/1 Nico de Boinville
J Hughes 9
4th Alternatif (FR) 8/1 T Scudamore
D Pipe 6
5th 5 Seefood (IRE) 16/1 D A Jacob
Dr R D P Newland 9
6th 20 Theatrical Star 12/1 Brendan Powell
C L Tizzard 10
PU Henryville 5/1f N D Fehily
H Fry 8
PU Full Shift (FR) 6/1 B J Geraghty
N J Henderson 7
PU Fear Glic (IRE) 25/1 James Best
Miss J Du Plessis 10
PU Empresario (IRE) 33/1 A P Heskin
Matthew J Smith 7
F Cogry 6/1 Ryan Hatch (3)
N A Twiston-Davies 7
UR Racing Pulse (IRE) 8/1 Jonathan Moore (3)
Miss R Curtis 7
NR Any Currency (IRE) 16/1 Aidan Coleman
M Keighley 13
NR Bucking The Trend 8/1 Alan Johns (3)
Tim Vaughan 8

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