RACENEWS CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE, SUNDAY, 17 NOVEMBER - KETTLE BREWS NICELY AT CHELTENHAM
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 in second 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."
TWISTON-DAVIES TEAM NOT DESPONDENT AFTER DANCER DEFEAT
Al Dancer (7/4 favourite) was unable to peg back the prolific Irish-trained winner Put The Kettle On (6/1) in the G2 Racing Post #responsiblegambling Arkle Trial Novices' Chase, 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."
HARRY KIMBER UPDATE
Harry Kimber, rider of Valhalla who took a fall two flights from home in the opening Cheltenham Club Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, has been taken to hospital in Gloucester for further assessment. He is breathing and conscious.
KETTLE POURS COLD WATER ON ARKLE ASPIRATIONS
Put The Kettle On (6/1) was a somewhat surprising winner of today's G2 Racing Post #responsiblegambling Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase, with connections of the more fancied beaten horses left licking their wounds.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Al Dancer (7/4f), and Getaway Trump (9/4) for Paul Nicholls, were separated by only five and three-quarter lengths last time here at The Showcase and were expected to dominate this event - which is seen as a key stepping stone towards the G1 Racing Post Arkle here in March.
Connections of Getaway Trump will be looking for better ground as they plot their way back to Cheltenham this spring, with Nicholls reporting: "His best runs in the spring were at Ayr and Sandown on better ground, so that is what we'll be looking for from now on. "If we had of jumped the second-last we would have landed upsides the other horse and it would have been really interesting.
We just made that mistake at the wrong time, and you're not going to recover on ground like this."
Harry Cobden was the man on top of the six-year-old and said: "He didn't really travel or jump on that ground like I hoped he would. "We had to come here today as it was the obvious race for him, but it hasn't worked out.
Perhaps if we had of jumped the second-last we could have been closer, but who knows if we would have gone past."
Result: 1:50pm Racing Post ~Responsiblegambling Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 1m 7f 199y 1 PUT THE KETTLE ON (One For Luck Racing Syndicate) Henry de Bromhead IRE 5-10-09 Aidan Coleman 6/1 2 Al Dancer (Walters Plant Hire Ltd) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-11-05 Sam Twiston-Davies 7/4 Fav 3 Getaway Trump (Owners Group 023) Paul Nicholls 6-11-02 Harry Cobden 9/4 Time: 4m 09.63s Distances: 2½, 4, 2 Tote Win: £4.80 Exacta: £14.60