HORSE RACING: Red-hot favourite runs rivals ragged to land the big Huntingdon prize

Charbel on the way to victory in the Tattersalls Ireland Edredon Blue Chase at Huntingdon Racecourse

Charbel on the way to victory in the Tattersalls Ireland Edredon Blue Chase at Huntingdon Racecourse. Picture: FRANCESCA ALTOFT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The flagship event at Huntingdon Racecourse was turned into a one-horse race last Sunday.

Hot favourite Charbel delivered a dominant display to take victory in the big Peterborough Chase – this year run as the Tattersalls Ireland Edredon Bleu Chase.

The 13-8 market leader, ridden by Noel Fehily and trained by Kim Bailey, led from start to finish in the two-and-a-half mile contest to land the first prize of in excess of £37,000.

God’s Own, who won another big Grade 2 event – the Haldon Gold Cup – at Exeter earlier in the season, gave valiant chase to finish eight lengths adrift in second, but could never land a blow on the impressive winner.

Tea For Two, who finished second to Josses Hill back in 2016, had to settle for third spot this time around. Josses Hill took fourth on this occasion.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said winning trainer Bailey. “I’ve always wanted to win the Peterborough Chase and it’s great to have done it with him.”

The race was run in honour of four-time winner Edredon Bleu who died earlier this year.

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Charbel was one of three favourites to triumph during the seven-race card. Bewin’upastorm (ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson for trainer Olly Murphy) landed the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Novices’ Hurdle at 5/6 to be cut in price for a couple of Cheltenham Festival contests in March.

And big-race winner Fehily enjoyed another smooth triumph when Bags Groove, trained by Harry Fry, blew his rivals away in the Highflyer Bloodstock Novices’ Chase at 6-4.

The Listed Tattersalls Ireland Henrietta Knight Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race went to a big-priced winner.

Timetochill was steered to victory at odds of 11-1 by jockey Ross Chapman for trainer Kelly Morgan.

San Pedro De Senam, an 11-2 chance, returned to form with a good victory in the opening Fairfax And Favor Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. Niall Houlihan was the pilot for trainer Gary Moore.

Other winners on the day were William H Bonney at 7-2 in the Goffs Handicap Hurdle (Wayne Hutchinson aboard for Alan King) and 17-2 chance Lord Getaway in the concluding Bentley Of Cambridge Novices’ Handicap Chase with Leighton Aspell riding for trainer James Evans.

The final fixture of 2018 at Huntingdon is the traditional Boxing Day card.

The popular event is again expected to attract a bumper crowd with adult tickets available for £10 in advance from or on 0844 579 3007. Accompanied children go free.