Un Temps Pour Tour edges Singlefarmpayment at Cheltenham Festival
Last Updated: 01/02/18 2:55pm
Un Temps Pour Tout defied top-weight to defend his Ultima Handicap Chase title at the Cheltenham Festival.
David Pipe's eight-year-old, sent off 9/1, denied favourite Singlefarmpayment (5/1) by the shortest of short-heads after a thrilling duel up the famous Cheltenham hill.
It was a first winner of the week for the Pipe/Tom Scudamore team.
Another leading fancy, Noble Endeavour, finished third at 15/2, with 33/1 outsider Buywise - an old Fesitval favourite - running his best race in a while to claim fourth.
Pipe said: "I'm absolutely thrilled and Tom has given him an amazing ride. It was a great performance from the horse under top weight and it was a tougher race than last year, I thought.
"He found a lot under pressure, he's not very big but he finds a lot and he's a good horse on a going day.
"We fancied him in the Hennessy and he didn't perform that day. You could tell from an early stage he was going to run a big race. He's very gutsy. He's some horse."
Scudamore said: "Pipe's a genius, nothing more needs to be said.
"He's a different horse in the spring and he loves the hill. I knew halfway up the run-in I'd win, he's so tough. I'm so pleased for everyone.
"Some days he just doesn't fancy it. In the Hennessy he ran no sort of a race at all but you know the ability is there as he's a French Champion Hurdle winner.
"I wish I could ask him - he's a funny horse, for sure. I don't see why one day he couldn't be a National horse, but this year we've got Vieux Lion Rouge. One day he'll be in a National of sorts, I'm sure. He might go back to France, but I'll leave all that to David."
Trainer Tom George said of the runner-up Singlefarmpayment: "I'm thrilled with him, it has just gone the wrong way on the line.
"It did look like he was getting back up again but he has ran a big race. He ran a great race and jumped well. Everything went right except the result didn't go our way at the end."