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Huge Upset in My Pension Expert Clarence House Chase as Elixir De Nutz Emerges Victorious
In a race that was rearranged from Ascot, it was expected that Jonbon would dominate the field in the absence of El Fabiolo. However, things didn’t go according to plan as Elixir De Nutz battled back under jockey Freddie Gingell’s skillful guidance.
At odds of 22-1, Elixir De Nutz set the pace early on and found an impressive rhythm. Meanwhile, Jonbon struggled to find his stride, showing signs of discomfort with slow jumps at the beginning.
Nicky Henderson’s horse eventually settled down but encountered a major hurdle when he ploughed through the fourth last, almost unseating jockey James Bowen and losing momentum. While Jonbon appeared to regain control heading towards the final fence, another poor jump allowed Elixir De Nutz and Gingell an opportunity they seized with determination, winning by a neck.
Rising Star Jockey Freddie Gingell Secures First Grade One Win
The victory marks a significant milestone for jockey Freddie Gingell and trainer Joe Tizzard. As the son of Tizzard’s late sister Kim, Gingell has already garnered attention from champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
Jonbon Falters as Coral Adjusts Champion Chase Odds
The disappointing performance pushed Coral to move Jonbon’s odds out from 9-4 to 7-2 for the upcoming Champion Chase. However, El Fabiolo remains the firm favorite with odds of 1-2.
Speaking about Jonbon’s race, Henderson commented, “James did remarkably well to recover from that mistake and make up ground. Unfortunately, he missed a good stride at the last fence which cost him momentum and allowed Elixir De Nutz to catch up.”
Henderson further added, “Jonbon may have lost this battle, but not the war. He is quite an active horse who thrives on routines. The extra week due to rearrangement wasn’t ideal for him as he requires a specific preparation routine. We will now unwind his clock and start again.”
Tizzard Celebrates Special Day in His Training Career
A jubilant Joe Tizzard hailed it as a “special day” in his training career following Elixir De Nutz’s impressive victory in the Grade One race.
“I didn’t come here expecting to win a Grade One, but I was pleased to give our horse a chance since he has performed brilliantly throughout the season,” said Tizzard.
He continued by acknowledging Jonbon’s error at the top of the hill: “Jonbon looked like he had us beaten after that mistake, but we managed to outjump him at the final fence. As long as all horses are safe and sound, it doesn’t matter – today was our day!”
Proud Trainer Praises Young Jockey Freddie Gingell
Tizzards expressed pride in young jockey Freddie Gingell for maintaining composure during crucial moments of the race:
“Freddie could have panicked when faced with adversity after three jumps remaining; instead, he wisely saved energy and executed an exceptional ride toward victory.”
Tizzard added, “At just 18 years old, Freddie has a bright future ahead of him. Days like today don’t faze him. I’m bias- but he has made me proud and his late mother would be incredibly proud too.”