Berlief Aramis retired from racing
seeks new challenge outside of racing
10 December 2018
A Winning Advantage
This Kim Bailey-trained Iffraaj gelding most of the running in yesterday's Tattersalls Ireland Edredon Bleu Chase at Huntingdon and was rewarded with an eight-length victory. The Noel Fehily-ridden Charbel took over the lead from around the fifth fence and, despite the occasional jump to the left, pretty well dominated the rest of this Grade Two race. To his advantage the seven-year-old was six pounds lighter than his rival, God's Own, who clearly found this penalty too much but managed to hang onto the second slot, ahead of Jane Williams' Tea For Two.
Just a Min!
The evens favourite Min won the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown, making it Ruby Walsh's second win of the day. ( He eventually made it a treble). Whereas, in the earlier race, all the County Kildare rider had to do was virtually sit motionless and allow Tornado Flyer to romp home to his hurdles' debut, in this race he really had to work hard, particularly when he was short of space when approaching the second last. The Walk In The Park gelding was forced to switch to the inside but continued valiantly, fighting his way past the front-running Balko Des Flos. Once in the lead Min managed to hold on to win by a one-and-a-half lengths.
Grace and favour.
Favourite backers were in for a big disappointment in the fourth race at Cork, the the Hilly Way Chase. The Willie Mullins-trained Great Field, sent to the front as usual, jumped the first fence impeccably but unfortunately lost his balance on landing after the second and collapsed. That left Henry De Bromhead's Special Tiara out in front but not for long. The Pat Fahy-trained Castlegrace Paddy was never far off the former Champion Chase winner and cruised passed him as they turned for home. The Flemensfirth gelding went on to make it three wins from four over fences but this Grade Two victory was a career best.
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By Kayf Tara