Sunday, 29 October 2017

Showcase Day Two: Nigel Twiston-Davies in hat-trick heaven after Showdown spectacular

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Gloucestershire-based Nigel Twiston-Davies swooped a 156-1 treble as Cogry, Foxtail Hill and Calett Mad all won for the master of Grange Hill.

Former Scottish National runner-up Cogry, enhanced his credentials in top handicaps as he battled off Simplefarmpayment for a four length success.

He jumped well and deserves his chance in the Grand National next April, after a fantastic performance in the Cotswolds.

"He's jumped really well, it has all come together and he was pretty impressive today," added Twiston-Davies.

"We will think about the Grand National, but he's got (to find) a bit of improvement to get into that.

"We will look at the Ladbrokes Trophy and that is a very strong possibility."

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Foxtail Hill has now won twice at Cheltenham following his narrow win

In the two-mile Randox Health Handicap Chase Foxtail Hill battled off Paul Nicholls' Le Prezien to win by a neck. Last year's renewal was won by Fox Norton.

The Naunton-based trainer won the Junior Jumpers Novices' Hurdle last year with Wholestone, and Calett Mad picked up the three mile prize in a similar fashion.

The four-and-a-half length winner wasn't pressed two hard and earnt prices of 33-1 for the Albert Bartlett in March.

“I am delighted and it has all gone well. Cheltenham have done a wonderful job with decent ground, so that we can bring good horses here with no risk of injury," he added.

“I was surprised how easy Calett Mad won. He did have 3lb and should have won, but perhaps not in that manner.”

Thomas Campbell won the opening leg of trials leading up to the Pertemps Hurdle series. Nicky Henderson's five-year-old was well clear of second place Milrow.

Twobeelucky and Double Treasure both capitalised on poor performances from the favourites in their subsequent races, whilst bumper glory went to Fergal O'Brien's Herecomestheboom.

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