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2006 Racing Post Plate Review

Cheltenham Festival Staff in Thursday 16 February 2012
Spectators use binoculars to watch the first race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, in Gloucestershire, central England, on March 17, 2011. The Cheltenham Festival, jump racing's annual Olympics spread over four glittering days of top quality National Hunt action, started on Tuesday. AFP

NON SO’S success in this fiercely competitive handicap provided trainer Nicky Henderson with his second consecutive win in the race. 

It also provided the horse with a deserved big race success, which he’s looked like securing on a number of occasions in the past only for his jumping to let him down.

There was no such problem here as, having just taken up the running, he cleared the last two fences in style to win going away.

Kelrev was equally well clear in second. However, having been ridden off the pace he was too far off Non So when that horse kicked for home, and his pursuit of winner up the straight was always going to be a forlorn one. Kelrev loves these big handicaps as the break neck speed at which there are invariably run seems to suit him well.

The third, Graphic Approach, was returning to form here and seemed to enjoy the drop back in trip having disappointed at Sandown last time.

Saintsaire, a stable mate of the winner, was the unlucky horse of the race. He took a crashing fall at the last when in third place, having led for most of the race. He was nicely clear at the top of the hill and kept on bravely – he deserved better. Thankfully, having stayed on the ground for sometime, he eventually got back to his feet and was only winded.

The eye catcher amongst the stragglers was undoubtedly Le Passing. He was practically tailed off at one point, but flew home to finish seventh, having passed umpteen horses on the way. He is well worth looking out for when he next gets his favoured heavy ground.

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