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  • 14:45 Handicap Hurdle3m

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 57.60s
  • Off time: 14:45:10

Sporting life for Houblon

Williams ace wins big race

Last Updated: 01/01/12 3:47pm

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Houblon Des Obeaux (L) and Kayf Aramis fight out the finish

Houblon Des Obeaux (L) and Kayf Aramis fight out the finish

Houblon Des Obeaux beat Kayf Aramis in a thrilling finish to the 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."

Hot favourite Oscargo unseated rider Ruby Walsh in the early stages in a real body blow for backers.

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