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  • 12:45 Ryman Stationery Novices' Chase3m 1f 110y

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 18.80s
  • Off time: 12:45:10

Our Father floored by Highland Lodge at Cheltenham

Last Updated: 15/12/12 1:28pm

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Highland Lodge jumps to victory at Cheltenham

Highland Lodge jumps to victory at Cheltenham

Highland Lodge overturned odds-on favourite Our Father in a head-to-head battle for the Ryman Stationery Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

The first two had the race between them from a long way out, but jockey Barry Geraghty seized the initiative from his rival with a big jump to edge ahead at the fourth-last fence and from that point Our Father was never quite able to get back on terms.

Franking the form of his previous third to Harry Topper at Newbury, the 2/1 chance was cut from 33/1 to 16/1 for the RSA Chase by Sky Bet on the strength of this performance.

Highlighting the testing conditions at the track, the winner's time was nearly a minute above standard for the course.

"He stays and stays and stays and he jumps really well, just like the trainer told me he did," said Geraghty. "I got a good response from him at the fourth last and from the third last I felt things were looking good. He stays and he loves soft ground so maybe, long-term, he could be a Welsh National horse."

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