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Press Release 18th November 2023 Cheltenham

By Graham Clark

Nigel Twiston-Davies hinted that a step up to Grade One company could be on the cards sooner rather than later for Broadway Boy who resumed his progression over fences when leading home a one-two for the trainer in the From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase. 

Finding only dual Stayers’ Hurdle winner Flooring Porter only too strong on his previous start at the track, the gelded son of Malinas confirmed that form with his stablemate Weveallbeencaught when making it two wins from three starts over fences in the Listed prize. 

Putting the pressure on his five rivals from an early stage in the extended three mile contest the 9-4 Joint Favourite, who opened his account over fences at Worcester earlier in the season, held a sizeable advantage turning for home with all of those in behind seemingly treading water. 

Jumping the last two fences with plenty of zest Broadway Boy continued to pile on the pressure before emerging victorious by 20 lengths to earn an introductory quote of 16-1 for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with William Hill. 

Twiston-Davies said: “I thought he was very impressive, and he beat our other horse by a long way and he is pretty good so it is happy days. 

“Funnily enough he didn’t school that well when he started (over fences) but he soon warmed up to it. That is the way he has always been ridden and he did it beautifully.

“That was a good run behind Flooring Porter the last day and he as obviously improved for it. 

“There is no point rushing into anything at the moment and we will see how he comes out of this. There is always the three-mile race at Kempton (Kauto Star Novices’ Chase on Boxing Day) which is a possibility, but we will see. 

“As it stands I think his credentials (for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase) are superb. It does look like he will stay all day, but I think we will stay at three miles for the moment as he seems to have a bit of speed, but let’s see as he has plenty of time.”

The victory led to wild celebrations both on passing the post and being led back into the winner’s enclosure from winning rider Tom Bellamy, who is close friends with the triumphant trainer’s son Wille Twiston-Davies who is heavily involved with the winner.

Bellamy said: “He was ultra tough and he was off it a long way out. I had to keep rolling as he is ultimately a galloping slow horse and I wanted to put that to full use. His best two jumps were his last two and it was game over then. 

“It meant an awful lot as I’ve grown up with Wille Twiston-Davies and he has an awful lot to do with that horse and it meant a lot to us both.”

Members of the Riverview Racing Syndicate were in full voice after Hascoeur Clermont continued his progression over fences with a tenacious success in the Wienerberger Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase. 

Having belatedly got off the mark over fences at the eighth attempt at Galway last month the Gavin Cromwell-trained six year old added to that success when bravely fending off all his rivals on his first start in Britain in the three mile one contest under Cheltenham Festival-winning rider Noel McParlan.  

Taking up control of the race as the field headed out onto their final circuit the 12-1 chance was not to be denied a second win over larger obstacles despite being pressed late on by both 2022 Fulke Walwyn and Kim Muir Challenge Cup winner Chambard and Undersupervision. 

Not one for relenting Hascoeur Clermont gamely battled on after the last to pass the post a length and a quarter clear of Chambard to secure a victory which led to vociferous celebrations from the 12-strong syndicate, of which eight were present to witness the win.

Richie Fitzsimons, of the Riverview Racing Syndicate, said: “We know he would stay all day. He has no pace, but he just keeps going. It was a brilliant ride from the jockey. 

“We were delighted he got into the race as we didn’t know he was in until Thursday and that is when we booked the flights over.

“Gavin was happy with conditions and he loved the trip and the jockey was happy as well. He loved everything and we are delighted.  

“It is easy to say it now that I thought he would hold on, but at the time I didn’t think he would hold on, but he kept on going. 

“We are going to celebrate this by drinking lots of beer!”

As for Grade One-winning handler he has not ruled out bringing Hascoeur Clermont back to The Festival in March, however he was keen for connections to enjoy this success. 

Cromwell said: “He has been frustrating over fences, but I can’t put my finger on why. At Punchestown he was maybe a little unlucky, although maybe he wouldn’t have won, as he unseated at the last. I’m delighted. He had a lovely weight out there today and I knew he would love that ground. 

“It wasn’t the plan (to take a lead mid-race). We were supposed to take a lead but it was kind of out of his control, but at least when he got to the front he settled and jumped very well. 

“He came from Colin Bowe from the point-to-point circuit and he would have had an awful lot of schooling there. He has always jumped well. 

“I don’t know where we go from here but it is fantastic for the syndicate. This is their second horse as the first one didn’t work out. It is great for them.  

“It is a brilliant experience for the owners. I said after he won at Galway the last day that he should get into this race or Cheltenham and I said whether he is good enough or not he should go for the experience. 

“He would have a long way to go (to reach the Cheltenham Festival), but I wouldn’t rule it out. He was good today so you never know.”


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