Charingworth (noseband) came from behind under Harry Bannister to beat Benbens (white cap) and Broadway Buffalo (green sleeves)
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Cheltenham, Friday
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RICHARD JOHNSON gave Bold Henry a strong ride as the Philip Hobbs-trained eight-year-old finished strongly up the hill in the famous JP McManus silks, coming from behind to collar Sew On Target.
Bold Henry, who has not won since 2012 at Exeter when Johnson was last in the saddle, went off at odds of 14-1 on his third run over fences. Johnson finished in front of 20-1 shot Sew On Target, while joint-favourite Monetaire, ridden by Tom Scudamore, came in third at 6-1 and 11-1 chance De Faoithesdream finished fourth.
The Racing Post’s Pricewise tipped the winner at 12-1 in Friday’s paper.
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KIM BAILEY ended his Cheltenham hoodoo as Charingworth went one better than last year to take the opening race of the Open meeting.
Bailey has enjoyed Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup glory at the track, but had written on his blog it had been 14 years since his last winner at the course.
However 5-1 shot Charingworth, who had finished second in the race last year, dug deep under Harry Bannister, rallying on the inner to get up and defeat Benbens, with favourite Broadway Buffalo third.
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