Choice winner at Cheltenham

  • Last Updated: April 16 2014, 19:08 BST

A review of the rest of the action from Cheltenham on Wednesday, where the consistent Rebeccas Choice was on the mark.

Thornton: Ended long losing run at Cheltenham
Thornton: Ended long losing run at Cheltenham

Buywise was one of two Welsh-trained winners on the afternoon, with the three-and-a-half-mile Rundle And Co Handicap Chase going the way of Dai Burchell's veteran Rebeccas Choice.

The 8/1 shot was strongly pressed by Major Malarkey after jumping the final fence, but Burchell's charge roared back tenaciously under Robert Dunne to take a thrilling contest by a neck.

Burchell said: "We hoped he'd finish in the first four. Having winners here is what it's all about and we're delighted he's been able to win.

"We might keep him on the go and run in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter."

Hughie Morrison is better known as a multiple Group One-winning Flat trainer, but was delighted to enjoy a rare winner at the home of National Hunt racing as Brother Brian powered clear in the Longcroft Building Services Handicap Hurdle.

Fourth in the EBF Final at Sandown last month, the 11/2 chance got back on the winning trail with a three-and-three-quarter-length victory over Another Hero in the hands of Tom O'Brien.

"He won well and we always thought he'd improve for better ground," said Morrison.

"He looked in trouble at one stage, but he obviously stays well and if hadn't been so exuberant at the last (hurdle), he'd have won even easier.

"His form was absolutely solid coming into today, so it's nice that he's won again and I would imagine that will be him (finished) for the season. I'm not sure there's much else for him in the calendar.

"We'll have a think over the summer about what we're going to do with him next season."

Tinker Time was a 33/1 winner of the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Novices' Handicap Hurdle under Liam Heard, but the victory came as no surprise to trainer Bob Buckler.

Buckler said: "I'm actually in the process of moving farms, so I couldn't make it to the track today. It was pretty exciting listening to it on the phone!

"Everyone has always said this horse wanted better ground on a left-handed track and three miles and I am sure the owner has had a nice touch on him.

"He's a really nice horse and I'm very excited about going chasing with him. He jumps a hurdles a bit like fences.

"We'll see how we go, but if the weather stays like this we might give him one more run over hurdles before the end of the season.

"I would have been tempted to go to Punchestown with him if it was the other way round."

The formidable combination of Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson combined to take the Citipost Novices' Hurdle with 13/8 favourite Garde La Victoire, who looks set to embark on a career over fences next term.

Alan King continued his excellent end to the campaign as Pantxoa (11-4) and Robert Thornton got the better of Saint Roque and Sam Twiston-Davies by a short-head in the Weatherite Novices' Chase. Incredibly, it was Thornton's first winner at the track for three years.

The Endsleigh Insurance Pony Racing Authority Graduates' Handicap Hurdle brought proceedings to a close, with 14/1 shot Franciscan taking top honours for trainer Donald McCain and conditional jockey Nick Slatter.