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Cheltenham

  • 13:30 JLT Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Registered As The Golden Miller Novices' Chase) (Grade 1) £120,000 added 5yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 56.50s
  • Off time: 13:30:06

Cheltenham Festival: Taquin Du Seuil and AP McCoy win JLT Novices' Chase

Last Updated: 13/03/14 2:16pm

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Taquin Du Seuil (centre): Won the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham

Taquin Du Seuil (centre): Won the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham

Taquin Du Seuil and AP McCoy got the better of the JP McManus owned Uxizandre in the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

McCoy was board Uxizandre when he disappointed at Warwick and gained permission from his retainer to ride Jonjo O'Neill's charge and he had to be at his strongest in the saddle to win the two and a half mile Grade One.

There was drama at the first fence when Oscar Whisky and Mozoltov departed as Robert Thornton set a furious gallop aboard the eventual runner-up.

The pace slowed up at halfway, allowing the field to re-group and there was more drama when Djakadam fell hampering a couple of rivals, including stablemare and favourite Felix Yonger.

Uxizandre had been tracked throughout by Double Ross and he threw down a strong challenge as McCoy threaded his way between the pair at the last.

Double Ross was the first to crack as the other pair battled up the hill with Taquin Du Seuil getting on top close home to score by three parts of a length at 7/1.

"I'm a bit gutted I beat my boss (McManus), but obviously delighted for Jonjo. I always had great faith in this horse."
Tony McCoy

McCoy said: "I'm a bit gutted I beat my boss (McManus), but obviously delighted for Jonjo. I always had great faith in this horse. He stays well and is quite cute, he saves a little bit for himself. I'm delighted for Jonjo. He's a great fellow to work for."

The winning trainer added: "We've always believed in him since we've had him. It's been frustrating a little bit this season because the races haven't been run at any pace.

"Today they went a good gallop which suited him. I need to thank JP for letting Tony off to ride him for us and his horse ran a blinder, but we needed all of AP today.

"I was worried about the ground but they put a bit of water on last night. He's got a long stride, but AP knows him well and if he'd asked him for a couple of big leaps he'd have landed on top of them, he was clever as they were going a fair gallop.

"It should ease the pain in AP's back (after a fall on Wednesday). We believe he's got a lot of speed and we did try him over two miles. Hopefully he'll step up to the Gold Cup trip now - you've got nothing if you haven't got dreams in this game."

Alan King said of the second: "I'm very proud of him, I thought we had it for a second but it was a tremendous performance. He never missed a beat the whole way round, we felt we disappointed him at Warwick dropping him in so Choc (Thornton) wanted to make use of him.

"The race brought him on a good bit and though he went a good gallop he wasn't overdoing it. He has to go left-handed which rules Punchestown out. Aintree is possible or maybe the Future Champions at Ayr."

Nigel Twiston-Davies is also likely to head to Aintree with Double Ross. The Naunton handler said: "He's run another great race and I'm very happy with him. He'll probably go on to Liverpool now."

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