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Lizzie Kelly shines on Siruh Du Lac at Cheltenham

Second Festival win for jubilant rider

Lizzie Kelly shines on Siruh Du Lac at Cheltenham

Second Festival win for jubilant rider

Siruh Du Lac Horseform maintained his rapid improvement with a gutsy front-running display under Lizzie Kelly to win the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Jockey: LIZZIE KELLY
Jockey: LIZZIE KELLY Picture:Pat Healy Photography


Having enjoyed a perfect season to date with three wins to his credit, Nick Williams’ charge was sent off the 9-2 second-favourite.

Despite beating Nicky Henderson’s Janika last time out it was his old rival who was the choice of the punters – and when he loomed up on Siruh Du Lac’s outside at the second-last it seemed he might gain his revenge.

With Eamon An Cnoic and Spiritofthegames also snapping at his heels, the Nick Williams-trained six-year-old was being challenged on all sides.

Siruh Du Lac
Siruh Du Lac Picture:(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

However, just as he had done on Trials Day in January, Siruh Du Lac found plenty for pressure to beat Janika by three-quarters of a length and give Kelly a second Festival winner after Coo Star Sivola 12 months ago.

Kelly said: “They didn’t give me any instructions they just said go out and do what you do. It is always lovely when you ride for people that allow you to make the decisions you want to.

“I wasn’t going to make it, I was going to sit second behind Tom Bellamy, but his folded quite easily after the first couple, so I thought I would go.

“I thought he was very impressive, especially after doing that for two miles.”

She added: “Last year there was so much subtext. I was so emotional. This time I just turned in and thought, ‘dear god we are going to do it again’.

“I was nervous today as I didn’t want to muck it up myself. I definitely could get used to this for sure.”

Williams said: “It was fantastic. He didn’t miss a fence, but he he needed to be spot on. It was a brilliant ride from Lizzie. It was really positive. He dictated from the front, but not with the choke out.

“I was feeling nervous as I jump every fence with them. His form with Janika was very close and I thought they would finish first and second, but I didn’t know in which order.

“The six-week gap from his last race was perfect. We thought about going to Newbury two weeks ago, but he was not quite on top of his game and he needed those extra couple of weeks.

“This was last-chance saloon at this year’s Festival. He has just crept up and has been creeping up the handicap. He had the perfect racing weight today.

“That is it for season. He is a nice horse, but he doesn’t take a lot of racing.”
At The Races



151432
R5 GB - CHELTENHAM 14 March 2019
Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 5U C1, 4139m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
12. SIRUH DU LAC (FR)
6yo Gelding
NICK WILLIAMS
LIZZIE KELLY
67.0
$5.50
 
TURGEON (USA) - MARGERIE (FR)
JOHN WHITE & ANNE UNDERHILL
2nd  
1. JANIKA (FR)
6yo Gelding
N J HENDERSON
DARYL JACOB
75.5
$4.00
 
SADDLER MAKER (IRE) - MAJAKA (FR)
MR SIMON MUNIR & MR ISAAC SOUEDE
3rd  
3. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE)
7yo Gelding
DAN SKELTON
HARRY SKELTON
71.0
$7.00
 
DARSI (FR) - LUCY WALTERS (IRE)
 MR N W LAKE
4th  21. EAMON AN CNOIC (IRE)
8yo Gelding
D E PIPE
TOM SCUDAMORE
66.5
$11.00
5th  24. DIDERO VALLIS (FR)
6yo Gelding
MISS VENETIA WILLIAMS
CHARLIE DEUTSCH
66.0
$17.00
6th  11. BOUVREUIL (FR)
8yo Gelding
BEN HASLAM
RICHIE MCLERNON
69.0
$34.00
7th  19. AZZERTI (FR)
7yo Gelding
ALAN KING
WAYNE HUTCHINSON
66.5
$21.00
8th  7. KAUTO RIKO (FR)
8yo Gelding
T R GRETTON
DAVID NOONAN
70.5
$67.00
9th  13. SOME BUCKLE (IRE)
10yo Gelding
RICHARD BANDEY
HARRY BANNISTER
68.0
$67.00
10th  14. TEMPLEHILLS (IRE)
8yo Gelding
N A TWISTON-DAVIES
THOMAS BELLAMY
68.0
$101.00
11th  15. DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (IRE)
10yo Gelding
PAUL HENDERSON
PADDY BRENNAN
68.0
$17.00
12th  8. BIGMARTRE (FR)
8yo Gelding
H WHITTINGTON
GAVIN SHEEHAN
70.0
$41.00
13th  9. POLIDAM (FR)
10yo Gelding
WILLIE MULLINS
PAUL TOWNEND
69.5
$34.00
14th  6. VALSEUR LIDO (FR)
10yo Gelding
HENRY DE BROMHEAD
MISS RACHEL BLACKMORE
70.5
$34.00
15th  16. VOIX D'EAU (FR)
9yo Gelding
MISS LUCINDA V RUSSELL
CALLUM BEWLEY
67.5
$101.00
16th  4. MODUS (GB)
9yo Gelding
P F NICHOLLS
B J GERAGHTY
71.0
$21.00
17th  22. SPLASH OF GINGE (GB)
11yo Gelding
N A TWISTON-DAVIES
SAM TWISTON-DAVIES
66.5
$26.00
99th  23. KING'S ODYSSEY (IRE)
10yo Gelding
EVAN WILLIAMS
ADAM WEDGE
66.5
$21.00
99th  5. KALONDRA (IRE)
8yo Gelding
N P MULHOLLAND
NOEL FEHILY
71.0
$13.00
99th  2. RIVER WYLDE (IRE)
8yo Gelding
N J HENDERSON
NICO DE BOINVILLE
72.5
$11.00
99th  17. TESTIFY (IRE)
8yo Gelding
D MCCAIN JNR
W T KENNEDY
67.5
$34.00
99th  18. GARDEFORT (FR)
10yo Gelding
MISS VENETIA WILLIAMS
MR H F NUGENT
64.0
$29.00


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