|Grade 3 Handicap,
Kempton Park 15:35
5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
|Saturday 27th February 2016|
1 Theatre Guide 6/1
2 Opening Batsman 20/1
3 Roc D'Apsis 16/1
NR: Astracad (FR)
15 ran Distances: 10l, ¾l, 1¾l
TIME 5m 59.00s (slow by 5.00s)
Theatre Guide destroys his rivals to win under jockey Paddy Brennan for trainer Colin Tizzard and owner Jean Bishop
It was also a poignant victory following the death of the late Bob Bishop, who passed away just days after Cue Card's King George triumph in December.
Le Reve edged into the lead turning for home, but Theatre Guide had made ground on the outside and shot clear after the second-last, eventually coming home 10 lengths ahead of Opening Batsman.
Roc d'Apsis was a further three-quarters of a length back in third, while favourite Thomas Brown never looked comfortable at the rear of the field and unshipped Noel Fehily at the 11th fence.
Brennan said: "He was awesome today, it worked out brilliantly.
"He has so much confidence in himself, and a big thanks today goes to Tom George. I couldn't ride him the last day and I promised the owners I would today, then Roc d'Apsis won well and got into the race, so I owe this to Tom George."
Brennan rode Gold Cup hope Cue Card in a piece of work at the track before racing, and added: "I was like a kid in a sweet shop, I was buzzing and it helped me on this fella, I was so full of confidence."
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
|Pos||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Theatre Guide (IRE) 6/1||P J Brennan
|C L Tizzard||9|
|2nd||10||Opening Batsman (IRE) 20/1||L A McKenna (7)
|3rd||¾||Roc D'apsis (FR) 16/1||R Johnson
|T R George||7|
|4th||1¾||Ballykan 20/1||Ryan Hatch (3)
|N A Twiston-Davies||6|
|5th||¾||Le Reve (IRE) 9/1||Harry Skelton
|Mrs L Wadham||8|
|6th||nk||Viva Steve (IRE) 14/1||Harry Bannister (3)
|M R Channon||8|
|7th||1¾||Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 20/1||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||9|
|8th||3½||Ziga Boy (FR) 8/1||Thomas Bellamy (3)
|9th||½||Fox Appeal (IRE) 25/1||D A Jacob
|Miss E C Lavelle||9|
|10th||2½||Rocky Creek (IRE) 16/1||Sam Twiston-Davies
|P F Nicholls||10|
|11th||¾||Virak (FR) 12/1||Harry Cobden (7)
|P F Nicholls||7|
|12th||7||Ruben Cotter (IRE) 16/1||Nick Scholfield
|P F Nicholls||10|
|NR||Astracad (FR) 50/1||Jamie Bargary (5)
|N A Twiston-Davies||10|
|Also Ran: Champagne West (IRE) , Tenor Nivernais (FR) , Thomas Brown|