A dramatic victory
A dramatic victory
With extremely wet conditions and two final-fence fallers, the Nigel Twiston- Davies-trained Riders Onthe Storm takes an unexpected 14-length victory

RIDERS ONTHE STORM put himself right in contention for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham despite, in the end, running out a somewhat fortunate winner of a dramatic Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday, 15 February.

A four-runner race with a 4/11 favourite is not usually destined to provide such drama, but Saturday’s £150,000 chase was full of it. Traffic Fluide, who looked to be coming to snatch victory off Riders On the Storm, was a last-fence faller, as was the odds-on favourite Cyrname, who looked booked to finish a tired fourth.

Both horses took horrid falls and while Traffic Fluide’s tumble may have cost him the Grade One contest, for a while it appeared to have cost Cyrname — jump racing’s highest-rated chaser — a good deal more. But, after lying winded for five minutes, he received a great cheer from the crowd when he emerged from behind the screens.

articleRead

You can read upto 3 premium stories before you subscribe to Magzter GOLD

Log-in, if you are already a subscriber

GoldLogo

Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories and 5,000+ magazines

READ THE ENTIRE ISSUE

February 20, 2020