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EBF 'High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire's' 'Junior' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) 1m 6f 110y

  • (4yo, 1m 6f 110y, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £11,888 2nd £4,452 3rd £2,224 4th £1,110
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 46.00s
  • Off time: 15:40:10
  • Last Updated: January 1 2014, 18:47 GMT

Modus (5/1) made light work of testing conditions in the Listed EBF Junior Standard National Hunt Flat Race at Cheltenham.

Modus goes clear of his rivals in the Listed National Hunt Flat race at Cheltenham
Modus goes clear of his rivals in the Listed National Hunt Flat race at Cheltenham

The colours of David Deer may be more readily associated with success on the Flat but he could have unearthed a useful National Hunt prospect with the son of Motivator.

In cold, wet and muddy conditions, his supporters had the joy of seeing his bright white and blue silks making effortless progress from halfway and having come to dispute the lead with Puzzle Time and Looks Like Power, he soon put those rivals to the sword and surged clear.

  • It was wet and windy at Cheltenham for racegoers...
  • ...and conditions were particularly testing for the horses
  • Aubusson provided a shock in the opener...
  • ...to the delight of his rider, Lizzie Kelly
  • Sam Twiston-Davies shows just how much mud was flying at headquarters...
  • ...as Mendip Express continued to impress under Will Biddick.
  • Oscar Whisky and Taquin Du Seuil renewed rivalries in the Dipper Chase...
  • ...but Oscar Whisky powered up the hill to take victory.
  • Return Spring (left) got the better of a tenacious battle with Quartz De Thaix (right)
  • Pickamus and Cedre Bleu chase Double Ross in the Fairlawne Handicap...
  • ...and Double Ross lands a second Cheltenham contest inside 18 days.
  • Zarkandar and Annie Power fought out the Dornan Engineering Hurdle...
  • ...but Ruby Walsh was all smiles as the mare retained her unbeaten record.
  • The clean silks tell the story. Modus truly dotted up in the finale.
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In the end, the gelding finished some 13 lengths ahead of second-placed Adeupas D'Ycy as debutant Solstice Star ran on to be an eyecatching third.

Winning trainer Robert Stephens said: "He was impressive in his first run at Exeter and now it's up to Mr Deer whether he goes Flat or National Hunt. The way he won he looks among the nicest bumper winners we've seen so far."

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