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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, December 29, 2014
Lieutenant Colonel just col-
lared gritty front-runner Jetson
to lift the Squared Financial
Christmas Hurdle at Leopard-
The winner had beaten Jetson
by four lengths in the Hatton s
Grace at Fairyhouse just weeks
earlier, but the margin was down
to three-quarters of a length this
time after a pulsating duel.
However, it was the same result
as Bryan Cooper got the Sandra
Colonel (4/1) past the post first.
Monksland was third and At Fish-
ers Cross fourth.
Cooper, who was completing a
double in the Gigginstown House
Stud colours after victory earlier
on Identity Thief, had his mount
handily-placed in second as Jetson
set the pace.
Though Lieutenant Colonel got
his head in front after the final
flight, Jetson would not give in
without a fight despite having little
room on the far rail and the battle
went all the way to line.
"He was very, very good. We
thought that he stayed and I m
delighted. He was brilliant," said
Hughes, who took over the licence
after the death of her father Dessie
"He s very economical in his
jumping. He stays well and has a
bit of class - that s what you need
in the three-mile Grade Ones.
"Bryan was fantastic on him. I
don t have to worry when he is
"Christmas was very hard as
you can imagine, but this is fan-
tastic for the lads in the yard and
it s what we work for everyday.
"We ll take him home now and
have a look. I ll talk to Michael
and Eddie (O Leary). The World
Hurdle at Cheltenham is his main
aim this season."
Hughes s brother Richard,
Britain s champion Flat jockey,
said: "I m very proud of her. She s
up at 6.30 every morning. I ll stay
out of the limelight as it s her day."
Special Tiara ran his rivals ragged under
a front-running ride from Barry Geraghty
in the williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase
Henry De Bromhead s seven year old was
sent off into the lead by Geraghty from the
outset and some flamboyant leaps at his fences
meant the partnership soon established a
A mistake three from home offered an
opportunity for Balder Succes to close the
gap but Special Tiara found more for pressure
in the straight and eventually won by two
and a quarter lengths.
The race was won last year by subsequent
Champion Chase hero Sire De Grugy, with
the added drama of Sprinter Sacre being
A Grade One winner at Aintree last year
as a novice in the Maghull Novices Chase,
Special Tiara was given a quote of 25/1 by
Sky Bet for the two-mile championship at
Cheltenham in March.
De Bromhead was at Leopardstown, where
he said: "Everything went right at Kempton
and Barry Geraghty gave Special Tiara an
amazing ride. We thought we were in trouble
with the ground having turned a bit soft
there, but he was super."
Geraghty said: "That was the way Henry
told me to ride him, I ve seen plenty of this
horse over the years and Henry said that is
the way---to let him go, let him rip and use
"He said to give him a little breather down
the back and go again in the straight.
"He was very long at the ditch but popped
the next and was in his element all the way
"It s very rare that you get a horse with
that amount of guts. To do it like that was
"He was really up for it, Henry had him
Paul Nicholls might keep Silviniaco Conti
under wraps and not run again before the
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The eight-year-old leapt to the head of
the ante-post market for chasing s blue riband
after recording back-to-back victories in the
King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing
"The King George has always been one of
my favourite races. We ve now won it nine
times, which is a bit of a record and I d like
to think Silviniaco could be back for the treble
in 12 months time," he told www.paulnicholl-
"He is a real stayer and gallops all day, so
the big hope now is that he can show his true
colours in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in
March. My gut feeling is that he will not run
Nicholls also saddled Al Ferof to finish third
in the King George and would love to drop
the grey back to two miles for the Queen
Mother Champion Chase at the Festival.
"Al Ferof, however, has bags of speed so I
will be doing my best to persuade his owner
John Hales to let me give him an entry in the
Queen Mother Champion Chase and the
Ryanair at the Festival," said the Ditcheat han-
Conti may skip
Gold prep run
Colonel is boss in
Jetson to lift the
Emperor s Choice showed
endless stamina to deny Ben-
volio and Glenquest in a thrilling
finish to the Coral Welsh Grand
National at Chepstow.
The Venetia Williams-trained
seven-year-old appeared to have
blown his chance when making
a mistake in the home straight,
handing the initiative to the Irish
A big leap at the last looked
to have sealed it for bottom
weight Glenquest, but he was
running on empty soon after and
his pursuers sensed their chance.
Benvolio seemed set to be the
beneficiary as Sam Twiston-
Davies hunted for glory, but
Aidan Coleman refused to be
denied on Emperor s Choice and
the 9-1 chance prevailed by a
short head and two and a half
Previous winner Monbeg Dude
briefly threatened in the straight
and stuck on for fourth.
Coleman said: "I ve ridden
some big winners in my career
but this tops, it, I don t know
"I ve never had a feeling like
that when the photo was called,
it s such a prestigious race and
to win it for Venetia and the team
is great. These are great owners
"Venetia is a world class trainer
and she deserves better horses."
Williams, winning the race for
the second time after Jocks Cross
in 2000, said: "I thought the fact
he was in front meant the ground
wasn t testing enough or they
weren t going quick enough.
"I thought there would be too
many in with a chance turning
for home and they d have too
much speed for him, which they
did, but when stamina really
came into play he came back at
"He s been all about stamina.
He was a slow learner and took
a while to get into gear. I never
dreamed he d be able to make
the running in such a prestigious
race as I didn t think he d be
"It was really special for me
as we had a box today with all
my owners and friends and we
were screaming, they must have
heard us on the other side of the
Its Emperor's Choice at Chepstow
Emperor's Choice showed endless stamina to win the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.
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