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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 March, 2005, 17:37 GMT
Thursday at Cheltenham
All the action as it happened from the third day of the Cheltenham Festival meeting.

The spring sun shone on the thousands of punters who were keen to try and get a winner or two.

And on St Patrick's Day, the Irish were celebrating after victories for Another Rum and Oulart in the final two races.

The feature race, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, went to Inglis Drever, who got the better of French challenger Baracouda, who had been aiming for his third win in the race.


1720 - Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (3m)
1. Oulart (P Carberry) 10-1
2. Mioche D'Estruval (T Scudamore) 66-1
3. Quick (Mr A Glassonbury) 50-1
4. Touch Closer (MA FitzGerald) 66-1
22 ran

Paul Carberry finally gets off the mark at the Festival, claiming success on the Dessie Hughes-trained Oulart in the Pertemps Final.

Carberry's mount travelled well and jumped the last together with Hirvine and long-time leader Quick.

But Oulart's strength up the hill proves crucial to give Hughes his second Festival win after the success of Hardy Eustace.

Mioche D'Estruval proves the best of the seven Martin Pipe runners, just failing to get the better of the winner with stablemate Quick in third.

1640 - National Hunt Steeplechase Challenge Cup (4m 1f)
1. Another Rum (Mr MJ O'Hare) 40-1
2. Caislean Ui Cuain (Mr JP O'Farrell) 150-1
3. Control Man (Mr G Elliott) 11-1
20 ran. Dist: 7,

Another Rum took up the running two fences from home to win the National Hunt Challenge Cup for amateur riders.

Mark O'Hare's mount overhauled Go White Lightning and went on to jump the last superbly and finish strongly up the hill for the jockey's first Cheltenham success.

The long shot Caislean Ui Cuain made it a one-two for Ireland but he was well-beaten by the leader while the Martin Pipe-trained Control Man overcame Go White Lightning for third.

1600 - Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase (2m 5f)
1. Liberthine (Mr S Waley-Cohen) 25-1
2. Banker Count (S Thomas) 16-1
3. Simply Gifted (AP McCoy) 14-1
4. Brooklyn Breeze (A Dobbin) 9-2
22 ran. Dist: 7,3

The only mare in the field, Liberthine claims an impressive seven-length success under the guidance of amateur Sam Waley-Cohen.

Waley-Cohen rode a cool race, keeping his horse, owned by his father, nicely placed throughout and he finished strongly for a comfortable success.

It was a marvellous success for the 22-year-old jockey, who got the better of some more illustrious names to give Nicky Henderson his third win of the week.

Veteran Banker Count finished well for second while the favourite Brooklyn Breeze seemed to fade between the last two fences and had to be content with fourth, just behind Simply Gifted and Tony McCoy.

1515 - Ladbrokes World Hurdle (3m)
1. Inglis Drever (G Lee) 5-1
2. Baracouda (AP McCoy) 6-5f
3. Rule Supreme (DJ Casey) 4-1
12 ran. Dist: 3,

Graham Lee and Inglis Drever get the better of Tony McCoy and Baracouda to take the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

It was a superb ride by Lee, who gave trainer Howard Johnson and owner Graham Wylie their third win of the Festival against the challenge of Baracouda who had been bidding for his third success in the race.

Coming off the bend, Westender led but the leading two loomed large and as Westender faded, the pair jumped the last fence together.

But Lee's mount, four years younger than Baracouda at only six, was the better up the Cheltenham hill and crossed the line amid wild celebrations.

1435 - Daily Telegraph Festival Trophy Chase (2m 5f)
1. Thisthatandtother (R Walsh) 9-2
2. Fondmort (M FitzGerald) 9-1
3. Rathgar Beau(JR Barry) 9-2
12 ran. Dist: , 2

A thrilling finish sees Ruby Walsh claim victory on the well-fancied Thisthatandtother in the inaugural running of the Daily Telegraph Trophy Chase.

The horse had finished second on his three previous visits to Cheltenham this season but overcame Fondmort in a titanic struggle to the line.

The two horses had been nicely placed throughout the race with the favourite Our Vic being led down by some poor jumping.

The leading two and Rathgar Beau jumped the last together but Thisthatandtother showed great determination coming up the Cheltenham hill for a narrow victory by half a length.

1400 - Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase(2m 5f)
1. King Harald (M Batchelor) 9-1
2. Lacdoudal (R Johnston) 12-1
3. See You Sometime (A Thornton) 12-1
4. Sir Oj (P Carberry)18-1
20 ran. Dist: 4, 5

Jockey Matty Batchelor and King Harald recovered from a bad mistake at the last to win the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase.

King Harald, who had made all the running, was challenged by Lacdoudal approaching the final fence and the horse stumbled on landing.

But despite his foot coming out of one of his irons, Batchelor kept his cool and his mount dug deep to claim the victory with Lacdoudal, who was given a fine ride by Richard Johnson, unable to bridge the gap.

There was drama with four fences to go when Copsale Lad fell, bringing down a couple of horses with him. but the front runners managed to avoid the trouble.



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