Foxtail Hill plays the hare
Foxtail Hill maintained a relentless gallops to win the Hugo's Restaurant Barbados Trophy Handicap at Cheltenham.
Foxtail Hill made every yard of the running
A winner at Kempton two weeks ago, Jamie Bargary set out to make all aboard the eight-year-old and appeared to be doing a shade too much in front with Tenor Nivernais for company.
The latter clung to the leader's coattails for much of the two mile five furlong contest but the jumping of many of those in behind began to get ragged as they attempted to close the gap.
Foxtail Hill freewheeled down the hill but began to tire after jumping the second last and Saphir Du Rheu gradually clawed back the advantage.
It appeared as though Saphir Du Rheu – owned by race sponsor Andy Stewart – would reel the leader in on the run to the line but Foxtail Hill dug deep to prevail by a length with the ultra-consitent Tenor Nivernais a gallant third.
The winner was returned at 12/1 for the local and in-form yard of Nigel Twiston-Davies.
"I was saying on the way round 'Jamie, what on earth are you doing' but Jamie said he couldn't go any slower as he wouldn't settle," said Twiston-Davies.
"It was a beautiful ride, but a young man's ride.
"He was very good and will be a National horse one day. We might have a look at the novice handicap at the Festival, he probably won't be good enough for the JLT.
"He's versatile ground-wise as it was fast at Kempton, he jumped a bit left there, we changed a few things but nothing dramatic."