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  • 15:10 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £150,000 added 4yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 32.60s
  • Off time: 15:12:16

Carruthers grabs Gold

Game front-runner claims Newbury showpiece

Last Updated: 26/11/11 4:00pm

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Carruthers: Popular winner of the Hennessy

Carruthers: Popular winner of the Hennessy

Carruthers made nearly all the running to win the Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

Bred and part-owned by Lord Oaksey, Mattie Batchelor's mount jumped his rivals ragged from the front but turning in a host of challengers sat in his slipstream.

One of those was Great Endeavour, nursed brilliantly into the race by Timmy Murphy, but his petrol tank was to empty at the last.

In contrast the 10-1 winner powered to the line to beat Planet Of Sound (14-1) by three-and-three-quarter lengths.

Fair Along (33-1) flew home for third with Great Endeavour (5-1 favourite) holding on to fourth.

Emotional Win

An emotional Batchelor said: "I can't speak. I lost my mum two years ago today.

"He's a brilliant old horse, last year he was wrong, this year he's better than ever.

"I schooled him the other morning and he was in the form of his life. He doesn't know when to give up. He came up for me at the last - he's a great horse."

Bradstock said: "It's my biggest win by a long way. You've obviously got the King George and the Gold Cup, but the Hennessy is in the top six races you would want to win as a trainer.

"We bought the mare just as a bit of fun for John Oaksey's retirement and this is her first progeny.

"We're just a small yard, but we've got good owners and horses like this are a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

"Maybe the tongue tie helped but he stays well and I'm so grateful for my wife who does all the work with him."

Hobbs Thrilled

Philip Hobbs was thrilled with the efforts of both Planet Of Sound and Fair Along.

He said: "Fair Along has run an absolute blinder and it looks like he's going to be suited by staying chases from now on.

"Planet Of Sound has run particularly well considering it was was his first run for nearly a year.

"I've just been talking to the owners and he might be a nice horse to train for the Grand National."

David Pipe reported of Great Endeavour: "Timmy (Murphy) felt that he just emptied out in the closing stages."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 10s from 16s for the Coral Welsh National and introduced him to the John Smith's Grand National market at 25s.

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