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  • 14:35 Chase 2m 5f

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £40,000 added 5yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £22,804 2nd £8,556 3rd £4,284 4th £2,136
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 21.97s
  • Off time: 14:35:20

Tartak takes top honours

Tom George charge storms home in feature race

Last Updated: 01/01/11 4:47pm

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Tartak (near side): Pipping Carole's Legacy in the feature race

Tartak (near side): Pipping Carole's Legacy in the feature race

Tartak (7-1) landed a thrilling renewal of the Chase at Cheltenham, with Carole's Legacy second ahead Mahogany Blaze in third.

Tom George's eight-year-old was never far off the pace in a strongly-run contest but he looked to be struggling to live with the leaders turning for home.

However he found a second wind running up the famous Cheltenham hill and was able to overhaul Carole's Legacy in the final 50 yards.

George will give his charge the same programme towards the Festival as Albertas Run, winner of last season's Ryanair Chase.

He said: "I was in bed at eleven last night and had had enough of the year. May the new one continue in the way it's started!"

George, who recently lost a top performer in Tell Massini, added: "We've changed a few things with Tartak. Paddy schooled him over eight fences the other day and we put a tongue tie on.

"The time he finished fifth in the Grand Annual was the only time I had him right last year. Now we'll head for the Ryanair and take in the Ascot Chase on the way."

Runner-up Carole's Legacy (7-2 fav), returning to fences after a Listed win over hurdles, was well-backed and she took over the lead after the fall of long-time leader Pickamus.

She fended off all other challengers but her supporters were left heartbroken when she was pipped late on.

I'msingingtheblues travelled well for a long way but the David Pipe-trained gelding failed to run on as strongly up the hill as may have been hoped, drifting left in the closing stages as his stamina ebbed away.

Eventual third Mahogany Blaze (25-1) jumped to the front two fences from home but was unable to match the finishing effort of the first two.

Taranis, whose jockey Nick Scholfield steered on a wide course throughout, held every chance turning in but he was a tired horse when falling at the second-last fence.

Last-year's winner Can't Buy Time also had a chance on the downhill run but he was a bit sloppy at the second-last fence, whilst Door Boy was another to get tired late on but ran with promise.

Tartak was cut from 20s to 14-1 for the Ryanair Chase with Stan James after his win.

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