Dead-heat drama in closing bumper

Irish Roe and My Khaleesi fought out a thrilling finish to the concluding High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire's Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race with the pair dead-heating for first.

Irish Roe (far side) and My Khaleesi (near) can't be split at the finish of the High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire's Mares' Standard bumper.

My Khaleesi (14/1) looked to have stolen the advantage when Wayne Hutchinson kicked for home some way out but Graham Lee, the former jump jockey who has been plying his trade on the Flat for the last couple of seasons, delivered Irish Roe (5/1) to challenge around a furlong from home.

The pair battled all the way up the hill and flashed past the post as one, with the judge unable to separate them as they pulled well clear of third-placed Naranja.

Lee, who enjoyed World Hurdle glory with Inglis Drever at the 2005 Festival, said: "It was really close and I suppose everyone is a winner, so it's a good result.

"She's game and she's a good filly. They both wanted this so a dead heat is fair result."

When asked what it was like to return to the Cheltenham winner's enclosure, Lee added: "It's different gravy, just a different class."

Irish Roe's trainer Peter Atkinson only has two horses in his care and was thrilled to see the Vinnie Roe mare hit the target.

He said: "She was very good and we came here today to try to get some black type for her. The wife (Lucinda) has bought her and done all the work with her.

"She's just a bit green and she'll be better on a sounder surface. She will have a rest now and maybe go to Aintree for the bumper there.

"It's my first ever runner here and she only cost 2,000. I've just got the two horses, I'm a permit holder and a pig farmer by day. We enjoy doing it like this."

King had suffered plenty of ill fortune earlier in the day with a number of his runners coming to grief and he thought his luck was out again.

He said: "I thought I was beat so we will take a dead heat. I've had some strange days in racing but none like this.

"I thought this would go against me so we'll take a dead heat."

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