Edwardstone completed the five-hour clock to pass a strong winner of the Sporting Life Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham.
The eight-year-old, ridden by Tom Cannon, overcame his opponent on the run to the line to give coach Alan King his third success in the two-mile beginner’s championship after Voy Por Ustedes in 2006 and My Way De Solzen in 2007.
Things weren’t easy for the 5-2 favorites, however, as he was nearly knocked out on the fourth fence when Brave Seasca fell, knocking Saint Sam out.
Then at Edwardstone the second final collided with the Riviere leader D’etel, but soon achieved the goal. He showed his superiority from there by pulling clearly to score four-quarters of the length from Gabynako. Blue Lord was three and a half yards ahead in third place.
Cannon said: ‘I had a few hair-raising moments, but other than that I had a dream run around, jumping fence to fence. I’m happy, I have a better relationship with him than any human, let’s put it that way!
“He wears his heart on his sleeve, he dances well, gets out and does his thing.”
King – who was hugely successful on Flat last year with Trueshan – said: “I’m only halfway watching where we can be easily knocked out and I’m not sure if we’re at a good stage. no, but the gods shined. we.
“After that, he traveled really well and never missed a beat. Tom also scored full points – it was his first Cheltenham winner and he gave him a scary ride.
“At the moment Tom is molting. I’ve been training for 22 years and he’s just my third most consistent racer. He reminds me of Choc (Robert Thornton) because he has the most laid-back attitude. If he’s nervous, he won’t show it.
“We always train good horses this way. I don’t think Voy Por Ustedes or My Way De Solzen came here unorganized and his races were reasonably spaced out.
“Like I said last week, he’s only been doing it for two or three years. He used to go overboard a bit, but his overcoming that major disability barrier last year is what made him.
“People were skeptical about his jump, but I was never worried about it.
“He always has potential, but these good horses don’t happen overnight.
“It was a relief more than anything. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Thank God it was the second race of the first day! ”
On what could happen next, he added: “I haven’t even thought about it. We will enjoy today. “
Gavin Cromwell, who along with the owners made the decision to add Gabynako, even though he was initially involved in two other beginner chases, said: “I think it paid off (additional). sung) because it was a great run.
“He went very well throughout the race and when he came down the hill he was still on the reins.
“Look, the winner is good but he’s Ireland’s best, that’s great.
“Two miles fast, definitely here with the hill, okay but he is fine for more than two and a half miles.
“I suppose we have to think about Punchestown for him now.”
“He wasn’t good enough that day,” said Paul Townend, who led the Blue Lord to third place.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/cheltenham/edwardstone-completes-five-timer-following-victory-in-arkle-trophy-at-cheltenham-41449571.html Edwardstone finished five hours after victory at the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham