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Cheltenham

  • 14:00 Tigmi Travel Dipper Novices' Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade 2) £25,000 added 5yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £14,252 2nd £5,348 3rd £2,678 4th £1,335
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 21.40s
  • Off time: 14:03:10

Hell's Bay lands Dipper

Bittersweet victory for Tizzards

Last Updated: 01/01/11 4:53pm

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Hell's Bay winning at Cheltenham

Hell's Bay winning at Cheltenham

Hell's Bay saw off Medermit in a driving finish to land the Tigmi Travel Dipper Novices' Chase at odds of 16-1, with Reve De Sivola back in third.

The winner provided father and son combination Colin and Joe Tizzard with an emotional success, following the sad loss of stable flag-bearer Joe Lively in the preceding race.

Always travelling well off the strong pace set by Mr Thriller and Have You Seen Me, the winner was still on the bridle turning for home with only Medermit (9-2) as a feasible danger.

Despite a last fence blunder his momentum wasn't halted and although the runner-up rallied all the way to the line, the result was never realy in doubt.

Tizzard was fighting his emotions when greeting Hell's Bay, who earned a 14-1 quote from Paddy Power for the Jewson Novices' Chase Final.

He said: "I had a lump in my throat when he went round in the National last year. He gave us some lovely highs but things like this make the game take a bit of sticking.

"Joe was dreadfully upset, he couldn't stop himself crying.

"Hell's Bay must have been sick last year, he's come right now but horses do that.

"He's got to go for the Jewson now. He couldn't keep up with Nicky's (Henderson) horse (Finian's Rainbow) at Newbury but he tanked round there today."

Interestingly, it was on Hell's Bay that Medermit's jockey Robert Thornton sustained the knee injury at Newton Abbot in July that kept him out of action until earlier this month.

Alan King's seven-year-old gelding Medermit jumped well on this step up in trip and did his Cheltenham Festival hopes no harm, whilst Reve De Sivola (4-1) was always prominent but he was outpaced coming down the hill and could only manage third just ahead of the front-running Have You Seen Me.

Nicky Henderson, looking for a treble on the day, saddled Master Of The Hall but despite travelling well his effort up the Cheltenham hill was limited.

The well-backed favourite Mr Thriller looked to over-race in the early stages, whilst Song Bleu departed the race at the third fence.

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