Unibet Greatwood Hurdle
Grade 3 Handicap, Cheltenham 14:55
£100,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
2m 150yds, Class 1  
Sunday 13th November 2022


1 I Like To Move It 17/2
2 Gin Coco 4/1F
3 Harbour Lake 10/1
4 First Impression 22/1
13 ran NR: Castel Gandolfo, Current Mood, Playful Saint
Distances: 5½l, 13l, nk Time: 3m 54.72s (slow by 5.72s)

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ I Like To Move It carried top-weight to an impressive victory.

Twice a winner over this course and distance last autumn, he won the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle on this card 12 months ago and was always to the fore on this occasion in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies. 

Only five flights of hurdles were jumped throughout the two-mile handicap with low sun signalling the removal of the timber in the home straight and it was the winner and the Paul Nicholls-trained Sonigino who led them along in the early stages that were devoid of any jumping tests. 

The hurdling began down the back where I Like To Move It continued to dictate the pace and the five-year-old was still galloping strongly when 4-1 favourite Gin Coco moved stealthily into contention approaching what would be the final flight. 

The duo pulled clear as the lung-busting run up the Cheltenham hill ensued, but the locally-trained winner soon edged ahead and was always in command in the closing stages as he landed the £100,000 feature. 


Twiston-Davies said: “Absolutely superb – 12 stone round there. Taking the hurdles out didn’t help him. He was awesome.

“Sam was very positive on him. He would definitely like softer ground and he definitely stays the two miles very well. He was unlucky in the Betfair. He is a proper horse.

“The International Hurdle here (is next) – he is following the footsteps of a very good horse we had, Garden Dreams. The New One used to frequent this race. It looks quite busy, the Champion Hurdle, but that is the idea at the moment. I’ve never been afraid of anything.

“His jumping is always good, but there wasn’t much of it today. It was absolutely fine. He is a chaser in the making and he jumps really well – he is not a hurdler.

“It is no mean feat (to carry the weight), but he has that weight because he is the best horse, so I was never too worried about the weight, it was just I preferred softer ground.”

He ran down the field in the County Hurdle last season, and Twiston-Davies added: “He is only five and biologically, he was only just four. He was a late foal and it was one race too many for him last season and he’s come back better and stronger this season.

“You worry about the ground. We had three that ran the first day and they came back absolutely fine. They watered again. Of course it is a worry. Statistically you are more likely to do damage on faster ground but it wasn’t fast – it was good. Even then, if it has a bit of soft in it, statistically you are safer.

“He is very much in the bracket of The New One. Let’s hope he can be better if he keeps improving, but it is a hell of an ask, isn’t it?”


Unibet Greatwood Hurdle (Grade 3 Handicap)
£100,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 87y
13 ran
Going: Good

1     I Like To Move It 5 12-0 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 17/2
Gin Coco 6 11-3 Harry Fry Jonathan Burke 4/1F
13 Harbour Lake 6 11-7 Alan King Tom Cannon 10/1
nk First Impression 5 10-10 John Quinn Billy Garritty 22/1
shd Nina The Terrier 6 11-3 Alan King Tom Bellamy 20/1
Cormier 6 11-10 Brian Ellison Ben Bromley 14/1
Mark Of Gold 5 10-10 Gary Moore Niall Houlihan 18/1
¾ Sonigino 5 11-5 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 7/1
Dads Lad 7 11-0 W P Mullins Brian Hayes 6/1
19 Severance 6 11-1 Ben Pauling Kielan Woods 10/1
1 A Different Kind 5 11-8 Donald McCain Brian Hughes 6/1
35 N'golo 7 11-9 Patrick Neville Gavin Sheehan 40/1
PU Thousand Tears 7 11-1 Emmet Mullins Aidan Coleman 18/1
NR 12 4310-3 Current Mood 7 10-13 Evan Williams NON RUNNER
NR 13 12/1-4 Playful Saint 7 10-11 Dan Skelton NON RUNNER

NR 16 -42445 Castel Gandolfo 5 10-6 Fergal O'Brien NON RUNNER