Peregrine Run wins at Cheltenham
Irish raider Peregrine Run made it four wins on the bounce when holding off Wholestone to win the Neptune Hyde Novices’ Hurdle.
Peregrine Run returns to the winner’s enclosure at Cheltenham with Roger Loughran on board.
Trained by Peter Fahey, the six-year-old came into the contest on the back of some progressive form at home, and he travelled noticeably smoothly throughout the contest.
Brought wide turning into the straight to challenge leader West Approach, the pair briefly outpaced Wholestone two out, but that rival found plenty for pressure and the trio came to the last flight neck and neck spread across the track.
Wholestone rallied gamely for Daryl Jacob, but Peregrine Run was kept straight by the rail and dug in determinedly to score by a length at 13/2, with West Approach far from disgraced three and a half lengths further back in third.
Wnning jockey Roger Loughran, a rare visitor outside of Ireland these days and riding his first winner at Cheltenham, said: “He was very quick over the third-last, second-last. Coming to the last, I just wanted to wait. I was happy to be on the outside – it’s your best chance of keeping in a straight line. He really pulled it out for me though.
“I had a very willing partner. He’s a proper horse and he’s done it well. Peter is a gentleman to ride for, he keeps it simple.
“I don’t know what’s turned him around. He lost his way after winning his bumper but every time he has stepped up lately he’s taken it.
“I hope my old boss Dessie Hughes would be very proud of me today. I won Grade Ones on Schindlers Hunt and a Galway Plate. They were great days but so this.
Fahey added: “He was a good bumper horse but this season he’s turned a corner.
“Running him on soft ground probably didn’t help, he likes nice ground and he won’t be running through the winter.
“You’d like to be dreaming about coming back here in March.”