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Cheltenham

  • 16:40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Grade 3) £75,000 added 4yo 24 ran
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.20s
  • Off time: 16:40:43

Flare lights up Fred Winter to land Festival success for Elliott

Last Updated: 13/03/13 5:08pm

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Gordon Elliott's Flaxen Flare was an impressive winner

Gordon Elliott's Flaxen Flare was an impressive winner

Flaxen Flare (25/1) romped to success in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle from two Paul Nicholls-trained runners.

Gordon Elliott's charge cruised throughout the contest and tanked his way into the lead turning for home, before producing and accurate leap at the last and winning unchallenged.

Caid Du Berlais (20/1) came from a long way back to take second under Harry Derham, overtaking stable companion Ptit Zig (22/1) on the run-in.

The first three were well clear of the remainder, led home by Kim Bailey's Milord (16/1).

Elliott said: "When we bought him we thought he would be a horse for the big days, and if he never wins again he doesn't owe us anything.

"He got there too soon, and I was panicking a bit, but we put the blinkers on him because he's been a bit lairy.

"He'll go dual-purpose now, and he's one to run at some of the nice Flat festivals.

"This has been a team effort and we are delighted."

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