Racing Post Arkle Trial
|(Registered As The November Novices' Chase)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 13:50
£35,000 added, 4yo plus,
1m 7f 199y, Class 1
|Sunday 17th November 2019
1 Put The Kettle On 6/1
Al Dancer 7/4F
Getaway Trump 9/4
4 ran Distances: 2½l, 4l, 2l
Time: 4m 9.63s (slow by 17.63s)
On a cold day at Cheltenham, a cup of tea would go down a treat, so Put The Kettle On was an apt winner of the Racing Post #responsiblegambling Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase for Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead.
Ridden by Aidan Coleman, Put The Kettle On, the 6/1 outsider of four, was the only mare in the line-up, but produced a scintillating round of jumping and ran on strongly in the closing stages to see off her three other rivals so score by two and a half-lengths from 7/4 favourite Al Dancer
Owned by an enthusiastic group of owners, One For Luck Racing Syndicate, they warmly greeted the five-year-old daughter of Stowaway back into the winner's enclosure and The Festival in March is now an intended target.
Winning jockey Coleman said: " I would say spectacular would be doing her an injustice because, when I wanted her to come, she came, but she was so economical as well, which is very important on that ground.
" She just handled that ground really well, which is kind of a surprise because it was an unknown. What an attitude and what a little jumper.
" It was attritional conditions, not really conditions a horse would excel on, but she did it really well.
" This was no fluke as she had good form in Ireland, had the allowances and it was just a very good performance - I won well.
" Henry was very straightforward. He said to let her stride on and use her experience. He didn't tie me down but, looking at the race, she was always going to be in front.
" She got a lovely lead the whole way and her jumping was impeccable - it didn't make the difference as she was the best horse in the race on the day but it definitely helped. "
Al Dance was unable to peg back the prolific Irish-trained winner but he emerged with a deal of credit as he was conceding 10lb to the winner and also gave a penalty to old rival Getaway Trump in third.
Jockey Sam-Twiston Davies said: " I'm very happy with that as we gave the winner far too easy a time up front. My lad is all speed and I thought I'd be quicker than her up the hill, but in this sort of ground there's no such thing as a fast horse.
" He relaxed really well and jumped better today than last time, even though the ground wasn't that nice. It was a massive performance to give 3lb to Getaway Trump and a lot more to the winner, but I'm just sick at getting beat. "
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies said: " I don't know if he's favourite for the Arkle but he probably should be. I'm sure he's better on better ground and missing out the [downhill] fence didn't help as his jumping is absolutely perfect. I'm still very positive. "
Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase
POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
(registered As The November Novices' Chase)
£35,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 199y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Heavy in places
1 Put The Kettle On 5 10-9 Henry De Bromhead Aidan Coleman 6/1
2 2½ Al Dancer 6 11-5 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 7/4F
3 4 Getaway Trump 6 11-2 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 9/4
4 2 Rouge Vif 5 11-2 Harry Whittington Gavin Sheehan 11/4