The Worlds End back on track with Cheltenham success

Lil Rockerfeller departs early

  • Friday 14 December
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The Worlds End got his chasing career back on track with an emphatic success in the Neville Lumb Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.

After finishing third behind Ibis Du Rheu here last time out, the Tom George-trained seven-year-old reversed the form in defeating his old rival by 26 lengths under Noel Fehily, deputising for Adrian Heskin who suffered a broken leg at Taunton on Thursday.

There was early drama in the extended three-mile-one-furlong contest when second-favourite Lil Rockerfeller unseated Wayne Hutchinson at the second fence.

George said: “I suppose the first thing you have to say is sorry for Adrian Heskin who is not riding today.

“Last time he was a bit too careful, but he was very good today. He will go on soft ground, but he doesn’t want heavy up to his knees, like he had to run on last winter.

“Kempton (Kauto Star Novices’ Chase) would not be his track and that would be sharp enough and soon enough.

“He is a proper staying horse. We’ve made no plans. We will enjoy today. One thing about him he will stay all day – I’m not saying he needs to be going for the four-miler, but he could do that as well.

“His next run will be important, when he runs against some higher-class horses in his generation.”

Elixir De Nutz made it two wins from his last two appearances with a front-running success in the British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.

A Grade Two winner at the track last month, the Colin Tizzard-trained four-year-old successfully gave 10lb to his four rivals to claim the two-mile-one-furlong prize by a length and three quarters.

The winner was cut from 33-1 into 25-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in March by Paddy Power.

Tizzard said: “He made the running here last time and Harry (Cobden) wanted to keep it simple.

“You can go as fast as you like over two miles and he will get that trip however fast they go. He jumps so well.”

He added: “That was a relief, as some of ours have not been running well over the last two weeks and I was getting a bit jumpy, but he was all right.

“He will have one more run then go for the Supreme, as I don’t think we are brave enough to go two and a half.”

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