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DEFINITLY RED takes Gold Cup trial in style


In the winners enclosure at Cheltenham

DEFINITLY RED put in an awesome and gutsy performance to take the Grade 2, BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase by eight lengths at Cheltenham yesterday.

Danny Cook partnered Phil Martin’s nine-year-old and gave him a cracking ride. Always handy, he tracked the leader, Perfect Candidate, who set a good pace before being joined by American approaching fence number 10. As Perfect Candidate missed the twelfth and dropped back, Red moved up to join American at the head of the field. With very little between them until three from home, American looked to be travelling the better but as they approached two out Red kept on gamely under Danny’s encouragement to take the lead. He pinged the final two fences and stayed on well to the line, eight lengths clear of American with the favourite, Bristol De Mai, a further two and a quarter lengths back in third.

After the second race the going was changed to Heavy and we were equally impressed and delighted by his performance. 3m1½f and 21 fences; he jumped well, travelled well and saw the trip out well.

Definitly Red finished third in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on his seasonal reappearance back in November on ground he hated before taking the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree by seven lengths.

Talking to ITV Racing after the race Danny said: "He stayed on really well. He got a bit lonely in front and had a good look.

"I'd like to dedicate that to my grandad, who is not very well, we don't know how much longer he's got, he said he'd love to see me ride a winner at Cheltenham and he has.

"This horse is going from strength to strength, he gave me a nice feel today."

Brian said: “That was brilliant. He's class! Danny gave him a great ride and gets on really well with him.

“He's improved every year and the plan this year was to keep him fresh. Today would tell us if we went for the Gold Cup, so we'll definitely have a go now.

"He wants good ground, I think he'll be better on it as he's not short of speed. He just doesn't like it tacky. It's a good place to have a winner. You've got to have a good horse to come here and I think he's the best I've ever trained."

“Danny is probably one of the best jockeys riding. He had to use his head down the back. I thought he was impressive at Aintree last time too, but nobody really noticed it. I'm absolutely over the moon."

Talking to Jon Lees of the Racing Post after the race, owner Phil Martin said: “I’ve got a Gold Cup runner; it’s just a dream. I’ve had a fair few horses but there are many people who have had far more horses than me and never got there, so we’ll give it a shot and hope for the best. I’m still coming down from cloud nine but it was fantastic.

"It’s brilliant for the north. The only reason the north is behind the south is because the south has the best horses. Brian’s proved it, Malcolm Jefferson has proved it – if you give them the ammunition they can do the job for sure.”

A massive congratulations to Phil who is a huge supporter of the yard. He is a pleasure to train for and we are delighted to have a live Gold Cup contender in Definitly Red.

Andy Robertson deserves huge credit too. He rides this lad out every day and knows him inside out. And although it is very much a team effort here at Spring Cottage we should also mention Ally who keeps a watchful eye on him in his field shelter home.

An awesome day. They don’t come around too often but well worth it when they do.