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Baron Alco was the star at Cheltenham yesterday - a review of today’s newspapers 18th November 2018

Press Release 18th November 2018 Cheltenham

Baron Alco was the star at Cheltenham yesterday
'Caviar next on the menu for Baron Alco and Moore' is the headline in The Guardian today, with Greg Wood reporting on yesterday's £160,000 G3 BetVictor Gold Cup, the feature race of The November Meeting at Cheltenham which has its third and final day today. The Caviar refers to Cheltenham's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at The International on Saturday, December 15.
Baron Alco's all-the-way victory, with Jamie Moore riding instead of his brother Josh, after their trainer father Gary took out his other intended runner Benatar, meant that the seven-year-old chaser missed all the trouble in behind.
Wood relates: "Four horses fell, two more were unseated and four unseated over the course of two-and-a-half miles, but the drama passed Baron Alco by as he jumped quickly and accurately at the head of the field."
The Guardian also has a chunky extract from Chris Cook's new book - Three Of A Kind - The Scudamores - which hones in on trainer Lucinda Russell's first victory at The Festival presented by Magners with Brindisi Breeze in 2012.
Racing also gets a good show in The Sunday Telegraph. Racing correspondent Marcus Armytage leads off his coverage of yesterday's racing with Baron Alco's success.
He writes: "Ryan Moore may have had a quieter year on the Flat than he has been accustomed to in recent seasons, but his father, Gary, and brother, Jamie, got their jump season off to a flyer when Baron Alco made all the running to win the BetVictor Gold Cup, the first major prize of the winter, at Prestbury Park yesterday."
Most of the rest of the broadsheet page is devoted to a reflection by Armytage on the career of Newmarket-based Flat trainer, Luca Cumani, who retires on December 1 aged 69.
Chris Goulding in his Sunday Express report headlined 'Jamie settles for tough bruv' leads off with "Jamie Moore admits he owes younger brother Josh a large drink after he replaced him to capture the BetVictor Gold Cup on Baron Alco at Cheltenham".
Marcus Townend in The Mail On Sunday also concentrates on one brother replacing the other and quotes Jamie as saying: "Once Benatar was a non-runner it was always going to happen. Josh had a fall yesterday and is a bit sore anyway. It's worked out well for me, but Josh will be delighted."
Steve Jones, racing correspondent of The Sun, relates how there are few families more successful in racing than the Moores. He quotes Gary saying: "I'm gutted for Josh. He would have ridden him had both of them run, but this horse and Jamie are made for each other - they get on well. I wouldn't have run Baron Alco. I thought the ground was quick enough. The owner made me see sense. Thank God he knows more about it than me."
David Yates in the Sunday Mirror highlights that Baron Alco was off the course for 577 days before returning to finish a close second at Chepstow last month, while Donn McClean in The Sunday Times points to the consistency of Baron Alco who has not finished worse than third over fences.
Baron Alco's owner John Stone enjoyed his biggest success in over 30 years and Jack Haynes in the Racing Post reports him saying: "This is my number one win as an owner and by far - all the patience for over 30 years has paid off....Baron Alco just doesn't know when to give in. He's so tough."
The Daily Star Sunday has four articles on racing and Jason Heavey, looking at today's card, sides with Sceau Royal in the G2 Shloer Chase. Templegate's TV tips in The Sun, produced by Steve Jones, sides with Verdana Blue in the £100,000 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle.
Tom Segal, Pricewise in the Racing Post, picks out the Alan King-trained five-year-old Deyrann De Carjac as the best value in the same race.
Racing's daily newspaper also has Lee Mottershead previewing the centenary of the Armistice events at Cheltenham Racecourse today, which were superbly organised, well received and very moving.
There has been plenty going on at Cheltenham racecourse today to commemorate 100 years since the ending of World War I, including a display and themed activities in The Centaur, a march in the Parade Ring by the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and an Act of Remembrance.
Perhaps the reality of war was really brought home to the Cheltenham crowd with the Aerial Combat Display, which took place above the racecourse in the natural amphitheatre created at Prestbury Park.
Seven planes from the Great War Aerial Display team re-enacted a World War I dogfight, chasing each other through the sky for 12 minutes above the course. The fight became more real with the use of pyrotechnics mimicking gunfire, and with smoke trailing from the aircraft as they nose-dived towards the ground.
The planes, all in private ownership, included a Sopwith Triplane, a German Fokker Dr1 Triplane and Junkers CL1, a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c and a SE5a.
At the end of the 12 minutes, the planes disappeared safely over Cleeve Hill back to base, leaving behind a crowd of racegoers reflecting on the immense bravery of those World War I pilots.


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