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2009 Freddie Williams Plate Review

CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: Something Wells ridden by W.Biddick is followed in by trainer Venetia Williams after winning the Freddie Williams Festival Plate during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2009 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster
This year's Festival Plate was renamed to honour legendary Festival bookmaker Freddie Williams, who passed away last year.

Despite the huge field, very few managed to land a blow and it was left to the Venetia Williams pair of SOMETHING WELLS and Ping Pong Sivola to fight out the finish.

The two were at opposite ends of the market, but it was the less fancied Something Wells who got his head in front when it mattered, eventually wearing down his stablemate, who had shot clear at the top of the hill, after jumping four out.

The winner had fallen in last year’s Jewson, but he jumped well here and deserved a big race win, having been running consistently well for a while now.

It is hard not to feel sorry for the runner up Ping Pong Sivola, who made a brave bid for glory from such a long way out. She looked certain to be gobbled up by the winner two out, but battled on gamely all the way to the line and was denied by less than a length at the end.

There was a mile back to the third, Notable D’Estruval who did his chances no favours with a bad mistake at the second last

Three Mirrors, in fourth, was running on well at the end again, but he is making a habit of getting going all too late and is becoming expensive to follow.

Last year’s eighth, Cossack Dancer defied odds of 100/1 to finish a respectable fifth, whilst the winner of the Jewson at least year’s Festival, Finger Onthe Pulse was sixth, running here off a 15lb higher mark.

Other challengers to the front two might have emerged, but for some carnage four out. Le Burf, who was still travelling okay in the chasing pack, was the first to fall, bringing down the staying on Perce Rock in the process. Pop, who was also starting to get into the race, fell independently at the same obstacle.
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