Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FEVER PITCH Emotions Are Set to Run High at Cheltenham Today

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FEVER PITCH Emotions Are Set to Run High at Cheltenham Today

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Byline: Garry Oweb

EMOTIONS will run high in a fascinating Champion Chase where Johnny Nash will testify 'there are more questions than answers'.

There won't be a dry eye in the house if Sprinter Sacre regains his crown and with nicky at the helm you just never know.

However, sentimental punting in racing is a surefire route to the poor hoose, Kleenex in hand.

I'm rowing in with a tried and tested Cheltenham warrior CHAMPAGNE FEVER (3.20) to land (3.20) to land his third victory at the Festival in an amazing career that has seen him triumph in the Champion Bumper and the Supreme.

It could indeed have been a perfect record but for a heartbreaking defeat in the Arkle by 33-1 chance Western Warhorse Warhorse.

A brave fourth to Silviniaco Conti in the King George, he dropped back to 2m4f for the Kinloch Brae at Thurles in January. Ridden aggressively by TURN TO PAGE TWO ANNIE FALL From Front Page and they've been rewarded for keeping her in training. I'm over the moon and a bit in shock."

Walsh had dashed down " the course to check on Annie Power, and once news had reached him that horse and jockey were sound, Mullins said: "Annie is up, and so is Ruby and Alan King's horse L'Unique, so now we can enjoy Glens Melodyl."

Walsh added: "I don't know " why she did it but that's racing and it happens."

Although Annie Power's fall " did come to the rescue of the bookmakers, the afternoon was still a costly one, and David Stevens of Coral said: "We went into today fearing the worst, and our worst fears were realised as race by race, Ruby Walsh came home in front, to the loudest cheers this famous racecourse has heard in many years.

"We are thankful that Annie Power didn't win but it's still the worst day ever."

"It's absolute carnage as far " as we're concerned, and we'll be keeping the shops open until late tonight paying every winning punter, but on the plus side, we have three days to try to win it back. …

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