Longsdon hails Pete's feat
Charlie Longsdon has paid tribute to his prolific winner Pete The Feat whose winning run came to an end on Saturday.
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The nine year old had won all five starts since joining the Oxfordshire handler's team this season and seen his chase mark rise from an initial 94 to his current perch of 134.
Pete The Feat was travelling well into the straight under Noel Fehily but didn't quite get home as well as the first two home, Rigadin Du Beauchene and Godsmejudge, in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick over three miles five.
Longsdon, however, was delighted with his charge's performance: "He put up a great performance in defeat. He jumped superbly, but travelled too well for the first 2 miles and he just paid the price up the home straight.
"Stuart Machin in commentary said that he "he was carried out on a shield in defeat" and that is exactly how I see it. The first three were 30 lengths in front of the fourth and he showed us that this is the grade that he needs to be in from now on.
"I did not realise until I saw the replay last night that he got quite badly interfered by the second horse on the run in - It did not cost us the race, but he would certainly have been within a length of the second," he revealed on his website www.charlielongsdonracing.com.
Pete The Feat could now be set for a drop back in distance with Longsdon not ruling out a trip to Cheltenham for the Festival in March.
He could be joined at Prestbury Park by stablemate Ely Brown who won the Pertemps Qualifier on the card while Longsdon also had some good news for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
The Naunton handler sent out Pure Science to win the bumper in good style but had poured cold water on those dreaming of success at the Festival, casting doubts on the quality of the contest.
Longsdon, however, was of a different opinion, telling his website: "No No Mac ran equally as well to come second in a very strong bumper. Noel was delighted with him as he will improve loads and I think has been beaten by a potentially Cheltenham horse - he was bred to win a Derby so it is no disgrace to have come second."