RHYTHM was a dancer for Fergal O’Brien because the coach celebrated his first Grade 1 win.
Poetic Rhythm obtained off his sick mattress to win an exhilarating Challow Hurdle beneath a robust drive from Paddy Brennan.
Nevertheless it was the blues for Adrian Heskin who tried to grab the race on Mulcahys Hill solely to be run out of it shut residence.
The six-year needed to be rushed to the vets with a worrying bout of colic, a probably life-threatening intestine situation.
He was actually in impolite well being at Newbury yesterday to see off Mulcahys Hill by a short-head in an exhilarating end on stamina-sapping floor beneath Paddy Brennan.
O’Brien mentioned: “He is a implausible horse. I could not watch it shut residence however fortunately he did it.
“He’s so powerful – Paddy mentioned he needed to be.
“He solely had colic three weeks in the past. Somebody there on the yard at 5am seen he wasn’t proper. He obtained to the vets right away and the remaining is historical past.”
Poetic Rhythm will now head straight to the Cheltenham Competition for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
It was Chris Coley’s greatest win as proprietor after almost 20 years. O’Brien’s enterprise accomplice – head of The Sure No Wait Sorries – had snapped him up for £35,000 simply over two years in the past.
He mentioned: “It hasn’t fairly sunk in but.”
Mulcahys Hill kicked for residence turning into the straight and was ten lengths clear leaping the third-last hurdle. He had all bar 7-Four favorite Poetic Rhythm overwhelmed and was battling again on the line.
His coach Warren Greatrex mentioned: “We had a sport plan and it almost got here off. It’s onerous to take.
“He skipped across the again straight – he made it look straightforward. He’ll be even higher over three miles.”
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Nicky Henderson celebrated being made Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order within the New Yr’s Honours by successful the 2m4f handicap hurdle.
If he thought his gong was unlikely it was nothing in comparison with Courageous Eagle’s success. He was beneath stress a good distance out and threatened to tail off earlier than flying up the run-in.
Nicky Henderson mentioned: “I almost thought of going to have a drink.
“He hates the bottom greater than something. One thing fell in entrance of him two out and took him on to the chase course – he discovered a pleasant strip of floor.”