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Cheltenham Festival: Teahupoo powers home in Stayers' Hurdle for Gordon Elliott

Teahupoo got Gordon Elliott off the mark for the week with a decisive victory in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival

Gordon Elliott got off the mark at the Festival in the Stayers' Hurdle with Teahupoo
Image: Gordon Elliott got off the mark at the Cheltenham Festival in the Stayers' Hurdle with Teahupoo ridden by Jack Kennedy

Gordon Elliott notched back-to-back victories in the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle as Teahupoo stormed up the Cheltenham hill for Festival glory.

The seven-year-old could only finish third behind veteran stablemate Sire Du Berlais when sent off the 9-4 favourite 12 months ago, but made no mistake on his return to Prestbury Park in the hands of Jack Kennedy - who along with the Cullentra House handler was getting off the mark for the week.

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Sent off the well-backed 5-4 favourite having not been seen since claiming a second Hatton's Grace in December, he was ridden with plenty of confidence and also plenty of daylight as he charted a wide path on his latest trip to the Cotswolds.

Kennedy inched his mount into contention two out and although not fluent at the penultimate flight, he was hot on the tail of Flooring Porter as the business end approached.

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Fellow Irish raiders Home By The Lee and Buddy One were also in the mix on the long run to the last but Teahupoo soon cemented his dominance and having jumped the final flight with a narrow advantage, he was not for catching in the closing stages as he sprinted clear of the gallant Flooring Porter.

Elliott said: "He's best fresh, so we said we'd come straight here.

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"Listen, it's great to get a winner. They've been running well, just hitting the crossbar, they've had no excuses. But to win the Stayers' Hurdle is unbelievable and I'm delighted for the whole team.

"It's difficult to tell myself to stay patient when you don't have a winner. It's been a long couple of days but they've been running well.

"We've got one now. This was always going to be our best day, this was one of our biggest guns.

Jack Kennedy and Teahupoo
Image: Jack Kennedy and Teahupoo

"I was a little anxious when he missed the second-last and then he probably got there too soon because he had to give him a squeeze.

"I think he's a stronger horse this year and saddling him I thought he'd grown.

"He'll stay hurdling, we'll never say never but at the moment he'll stay hurdling. There are some nice races at Aintree and Punchestown for him so we'll have a look at those."

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