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Cheltenham Festival Day Four

Race 2 – County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

Friday 18 March 2016

               

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Setting the scene ahead of Race 2:

 

Cleeve Hill

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Bentelimar

(T: J R Barry; J: Brian O’Connell)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Fethard Player

(T: W F Treacy; J: David Mullins)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Great Field

(T: Willie Mullins; J: Barry Geraghty)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Hawk High

(T: Tim Easterby; J: Brian Hughes)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Henry Higgins

(T: Charles O’Brien; J: Robbie Power)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Superb Story

(T: Dan Skelton; J: Harry Skelton)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Starchitect

(T: David Pipe; J: Tom Scudamore)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Francis Of Assisi

(T: John Ferguson; J: Mr Alex Ferguson)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

All Yours

(T: Paul Nicholls; J: Sam Twiston-Davies)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Blue Hell

(T: Alan Fleming; J: Adrian Heskin)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Wait For Me

(T: Philip Hobbs; J: Richard Johnson) &

John Constable

(T: Evan Williams; J: Paul Moloney)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Dicosimo

(T: Willie Mullins; J: Ruby Walsh)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Montbazon

(T: Alan King; J: Wayne Hutchinson) &

Cardinal Walter

(T: Nicky Henderson; J: Andrew Tinkler)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Kayf Blanco

(T: Graeme McPherson; J: Kielan Woods) &

Ivan Grozny

(T: Willie Mullins; J: Paul Townend)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Sternrubin

(T: Philip Hobbs; J: Tom O’Brien)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Heading to the start;

Kayf Blanco, Montbazon and Ivan Grozny

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Montbazon has been captured, having unseated

jockey Wayne Hutchinson at the second flight

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

Superb Story and Fethard Player fight out the finish

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

The returning jockeys watch the

replay on the big screen

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

The fourth-placed Wait For Me

(T: Philip Hobbs; J: Richard Johnson)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

The nose-banded Cheltenian

(T: Philip Hobbs; J: Conor Smith) &

third-placed Sternrubin

(T: Philip Hobbs; J: Tom O’Brien)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

More jockeys return;

Starchitect (J: Tom Scudamore),

Devilment (J: Aidan Coleman), &

Francis Of Assisi (Mr Alex Ferguson)

 

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Race 2:

County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

And the winner is ...

Superb Story

(T: Dan Skelton; J: Harry Skelton)

 

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