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Cheltenham

  • 17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup 2m 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £90,000 added 5yo+ 23 ran
  • Winner £51,255 2nd £19,233 3rd £9,630 4th £4,797
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.30s
  • Off time: 17:25:55

Savello sealed an unforgettable day for Michael O'Leary and Davy Russell

Last Updated: 14/03/14 6:03pm

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Savello (r) comes with a perfectly timed challenge at the last

Savello (r) comes with a perfectly timed challenge at the last

Savello sealed an unforgettable day for owner Michael O'Leary and jockey Davy Russell in the final race of the Cheltenham Festival, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup.

O'Leary had already annexed the Triumph, Albert Bartlett and the Martin Pipe and made it four on the day with the Tony Martin-trained nine year old who was providing Russell with a 3,296/1 treble on the card after victories in the Albert Bartlett and the Gold Cup itself.

He was not without support either as he was backed from 33/1 down to 16s and he ran on strongly under a perfectly timed challenge to get up close home.

Next Sensation set a furious pace and had most of the field in trouble a long way from home and there were several fallers in behind.

He began to tire though and Claret Cloak was alongside at the last and travelling nicely only to make a race-ending mistake.

Next Sensation weakened into fourth but Claret Cloak did rally and was just run out of third by the other joint-favourite Ned Buntline but a length and a quarter clear of them were Savello and a jubilant Russell.

Martin said: "We've had a few little problems, but that's racing. You have your ups and downs but it's great to come away with that.

"That was probably the ride of the week. He missed two fences but he had the nerve to sit and wait. It was brilliant."

O'Leary joked: "That shows you how easy it is to have winners at Cheltenham - you wait two years for a winner, then four come along in the space of a few hours!

"It was a brilliant training performance by Tony Martin. He's not had a great week. I thought we had no chance. Tony's horses had not been running well all week, but this is wonderful. I'm not used to having four winners.

"Davy had not had a winner all week, now he's won the Gold Cup and had a treble on the day."

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