Cheltenham: Shakem Up’Arry wins the TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase as Harry Redknapp celebrates Festival winner after thrilling finish

Shakem Up’Arry has won the TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase on Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival during a tense finish.

The horse owned by Harry Redknapp started the race at 9/1 odds and took the lead in the final lengths, leaping the last jump brilliantly to extend his lead ahead of Crebilly and Straw Fan Jack.

Crebilly ridden by Jonjo O’Neill Jr. finished second after beating Straw Fan Jack and Sean Houlihan to the line. 

Theatre Man was the short pre-race favourite at 3/1 with Paddy Power and fell at the first jump as jockey Harry Cobden was unseated. 

Outside hopefuls Glengouly and Fighter Allen set the pace in the initial stages of the 2m4f journey before being reeled in by the closely-knit group.

Shakem Up’Arry has won the TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase on Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was delighted after his horse claimed a stunning victory

The race got underway at the second time of asking as riders were ordered to go from a standing start after previously getting too close to the starters mark.

Winning jockey, Ben Jones, said after the race on ITV: ‘I haven’t got any words, this lad gave me my first winner round Cheltenham and has just given me my first Festival winner.  What a thrill. 

Race result 

1) Shakem Up’Arry (Ben Jones) 9/1

2) Crebilly (Jonjo O’Neill Jr.) 5/1

3) Straw Fan Jack (Sean Houlihan) 29/1

Former Tottenham manager, Redknapp was ecstatic afterwards, rejoicing: ‘Oh my god get in there, how good was that, he jumped for fun. What a performance. 

‘My nan got me into it, she was a bookies runner back in the day and every week would get locked up because betting was  illegal in them days. She got me into it. 

‘To have a winner at the festival, my god I can’t tell you. 

‘Me and Sir Alex in the office would have a few bets. Great to see him have two winners today and I’ve had one so it’s a great day.’

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