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Last Updated: January 1, 2012 3:47pm
Houblon Des Obeaux (L) and Kayf Aramis fight out the finish
Houblon Des Obeaux beat Kayf Aramis in a thrilling finish to the sportinglife.com Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday.
Venetia Williams' charge (11-1) travelled well but and along with the runner-up kicked clear before the home turn.
Neither jockey or horse was prepared to lie down, but it was Aidan Coleman on Houblon Des Obeaux who got the verdict in a photograph.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' runner-up (8-1) ran a cracking race, and the pair were clear of Tidal Bay and Arctic Court.
Coleman said: "It was a great race and I'm delighted for Venetia and the team. We weren't doing anything wrong but they had just not clicked.
"Last week they started flying and I just wish seconds were winners as we'd be right up there.
"Old Mon Mome ran a cracker earlier and Renard was fourth in the big race so I thought he'd run well.
"I turned in upsides my favourite horse in training as I won the Pertemps Final on Kayf Aramis, so it's a bittersweet victory."
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