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  • 16:00 CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup3m 2f 110y

  • £40,000 added 5yo+ 24 ran
  • Winner £23,984 2nd £7,492 3rd £3,744 4th £1,872
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 50.60s
  • Off time: 16:13:18

Tammys Hill won the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

Last Updated: 14/03/14 5:05pm

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Tammys Hill times his challenge to perfection under James Smyth

Tammys Hill times his challenge to perfection under James Smyth

Tammys Hill (15/2) received a cool ride from James Smyth to win the CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

In the closing stages, the nine-year-old was always travelling strongly just in behind the long term leader Carsonstown Boy with On The Fringe also going well in third but Smyth waited and waited before launching his challenge.

Carsonstown Boy was still in front at the last but Smyth gave Tammys Hill his office after that obstacle and the Liam Lennon-gelding duly quickened up well and ran on strongly to prevail by three and a quarter lengths.

Carsonstown Boy kept on well to record a one-two for Northern Irish based trainers with On The Fringe back in third having failed to come home as strongly as had looked likely.

The well backed favourite Harbour Court was struggling from an early stage and was never able to get competitive.

Smyth said: "Fantastic, he jumped brilliant. We've fancied him for three years!"

Lennon said: "It's unbelievable. Totally unreal. It's a great achievement for the Smyths. They bred this horse themselves and it's some achievement for James. He's 35 now and in his twilight years.

"I actually won a race on this horse's mother - so she must have been a good mare!

"I finished fourth in this race on a good horse called Joe Blake. I was coming towards the end of my career and probably should have won.

"I think this horse deserves a shot at a good pot now - maybe something like the Irish Grand National."

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