Supreme Danehill Lives up to his Name with Gallant Effort at Cheltenham
On Friday 4th May it was the biggest meeting in the point-to-point diary; the Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening meeting. The event is a chance for the pointing world to take to the main stage and for some of the best horses in our sport to battle it out. It is always a fantastic occasion, watching some adrenaline pumping racing whilst catching up with friends from the point-to-point community. Despite four entries, ground meant we eventually just had the one runner. This was the Sunday Night Partnership's Supreme Danehill, who was bouncing back from his Southern Grand National victory at Kingston Blount less than 3 weeks prior. He has been feeling great at home, with confidence high and ready to take on the Cheltenham stage! He ran in the Cheltenham Club 4 mile Hunter Chase, and with Jack Andrews on we were hopeful of a good result. The gelding travelled very well, jumping out and sitting in the first three, winging his fences. A fast pace was set on the good going, which perhaps was just a bit quick for the horse, who unfortunately couldn't find when the others did heading to five out. After a gallant effort Jack rightly pulled him up before the penultimate fence, with the horse having given his all and running his heart out. It was a great evening for the syndicate and although not the result we aimed for we are so happy with the horse for again trying so hard and putting on a brave display. He will now be roughed off and enjoy his summer holidays in the field after a long season!
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Supreme Danehill showing his electric jumping skills and Big Al enjoying the racing from the Royal Box!
Images kindly provided by Neale Blackburn - Chasdog Photography.