Tour Des force at Cheltenham

A round-up of the rest of the New Year's Day action from Cheltenham, where Tour Des Champs caused a surprise.

Robert Dunne riding Tour Des Champs (R) clear the last to win the Watch Live Racing On BetBright.com Handicap Chase

Samuel Drinkwater celebrated a moment to savour after Tour Des Champs ensured that his first runner at the track was a winning one in the Watch Live Racing On BetBright.com Handicap Chase.

The 50/1 shot scored for the first time since winning last year's Sussex National to fuel dreams of an outing in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree after he held Doctor Harper by a short head.

Drinkwater said: "He is a nice horse and I see him as a National type if he goes up enough.

"He is a horse that doesn't take his races that well and his first run is usually his best run.

"I've been training about a month and that's my sixth runner. The old heart skipped a few beats and I thought I was dreaming it.

"I wanted to go for the Welsh National but I could not get him ready in time and I hadn't got my licence in time and the syndicate was not set up."

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