December 3, 2010 by Post Team
Rainbow Bright, Nicky Henderson was prepared to forgive and forget a few careless mistakes by Finian’s Rainbow, en route to a complete victory in the 12-length Rooney / Hall Novices’ Chase at Newbury. Taking on two opponents, exuberance got the better of the favorite 2-5 in the back straight but he was more pragmatic about this as Barry Geraghty took it folded at the end with a big lead on the Hell’s Bay.
Peddlers Fifth Cross over two and a half miles at the Cheltenham Festival last, Finian’s Rainbow is expected to remain at the minimum distance. “OK, there was disorder in one or two, but he got in and out of them, and it was not bad for a big horse with his first run over fences,” said Henderson.
“I like to think it was very good, and the Arkle is there, so I hope he is first class. I’m pretty sure he will stay two miles. ”
Aiteen Thirtythree left an easy winner of the year two novices GPG Chase after Tell Massini has suffered a mortal wound to the fifth-last.
Tell Massini Tom George, the favorite 8-11, completed a campaign with strong hedges impressive debut over the larger obstacles at Stratford last month, but desperately slid slowly to the ground after the end of crosses and Veterinary later confirmed he had been put down.
Aiteen Thirtythree (13-2) has not met the expectations of the Paul Nicholls stable, but his coach is already hatching plans for next season after Noel Fehily he stuck to his work at the end of 17 lengths clear.
“I know he was a bit of a talking horse, but he was very immature and even after winning at Cheltenham last time he had a little shin sore,” said Nicholls.
“It would have been interesting if the other horse had remained in place as he was tanking, and Noel said he was just shooting him a little when he was on his own.
“We will not do a lot with him this season. He could come back here after Christmas and I’m not sure of the hustle and bustle of the entire RSA Chase at Cheltenham suits him.
“Even something like the Hennessy next year will be ideal.”
This combination later took the Racing Festival Bumper Course Bookmakers-sponsored by Balding Banker (11-4).
“It will be like Aiteen Thirtythree really – it comes from a family to stay over hurdles and will from now on,” added the champion coach.
On an opening day biting cold of the Hennessy meeting where the frost covers lying on the lawn gave the impression of a mass of snow, the Cheltenham Festival feel very far.
But he was in the spirit of 70 years, Coach Pat Rodford, whose stable Somerset works well beyond its usual parameters.
His star Sparky May (9-2) successfully completed a double penalty in the EBF Mares ‘National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle, with Line allowing freedom of the house linked a long way clear after losing the last flight.
“She won very well and I hope there’s more to come,” said Rodford. “We’re only a small yard so it’s nice to come here and beat some of the big boys. “We now know it can get a longer trip and I think we could bring back in January now. “We can think of race mares of two and a half mile” at Cheltenham in March and the final of the EBF back here. “
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