Double Ross could return to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2014) for either the £50,000 Grade Three Fairlawne Handicap Chase or the £32,000 Grade Two Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices’ Chase, both over two miles and five furlongs.
The seven-year-old recorded a gutsy two-length success in the £100,000 Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup, run over the same course and distance, at The International on December 14.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge got off the mark at the third time of asking over fences when beating Attaglance in a novices’ chase at Perth in September and went on to make the frame in competitive contests at Chepstow and Ascot.
Twiston-Davies reported: “Double Ross could now go to Cheltenham for either the Fairlawne Handicap Chase or Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices’ Chase – we will have a look at both.
“I was very pleased with his performance at the weekend and he has come out of the race great.
“He surprised us a bit because we thought he needed soft going, but he handled the better ground fine.
“I thought he was getting tired at the end and we will just have to wait and see how far he can go.”
New Year’s Day at Cheltenham
New Year’s Day at Cheltenham offers the perfect opportunity to see in 2014 with a bang, offering a seven-race card running from 12.10pm through to 3.40pm.
The two richest races on the card are the £50,000 Grade Three Fairlawne Handicap Chase (2.30pm) and the £32,000 Grade Two Cheltenham Pony Club Raceday Novices’ Chase (1.20pm), which in recent years has been won by horses of the calibre of Champion Court (2012), Calgary Bay (2009), My Way de Solzen (2007) and The Listener (2006).
New Year’s Day is also a highlight for Pony Club members and their families, who have the chance to look behind the scenes in special racecourse tours.
Family Fun Zone will also be open on New Year’s Day offering free fun for the kids including face painting, balloon modelling, colouring and loads more including special appearances of Peppa Pig at selected times.
It is located in the shopping village and open from 10.30am until the last race. Adults need a Club/Tattersalls ticket to access the Family Fun Zone and children must be accompanied at all times.
Gates open at 10.30am and accompanied children aged under 18 gain FREE admission.