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Cheltenham

  • 12:40 Caspian Caviar Handicap Hurdle2m 1f

  • £10,000 added 3yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft-Good to Soft in plcs; Cross Country: Good to Soft-Soft in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 9.40s
  • Off time: 12:41:18

River Maintains Buckley'S Run

Last Updated: 11/12/09 2:44pm

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Spirit River goes clear at the last hurdle.

Spirit River goes clear at the last hurdle.

Spirit River (11-4 favourite) maintained the cracking run of owner Michael Buckley when turning the Caspian Caviar Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham into a one-sided affair under Barry Geraghty.

The top weight was in control at the bottom of the hill and maintained a strong gallop all the way to the line to the delight of his trainer Nicky Henderson.

"He goes in that ground and he stays," said Henderson with a rueful smile.

"He's only four and is a lovely big horse. There was a temptation to go chasing but we'll put it off for now. Michael's having a great run and I'm thrilled for him."

Spirit River had finished just out of the money on his first run for the Seven Barrows trainer in a conditional jockeys' race at Newbury.

Henderson added: "It was a boys' race and my two runners came fourth and fifth, but he finished very well.

"That was the only race I could find to get him started and learn something about English racing."

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