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Chianti Classico Shows Grit to Secure Ultima Honours
Chianti Classico with jockey David Bass at Cheltenham's Ultima Handicap Chase — Alan Crowhurst

Chianti Classico Shows Grit to Secure Ultima Honours

Chianti Classico displayed a polished round of jumping to secure the Ultima Handicap Chase under the guidance of David Bass and Kim Bailey. This victory marked a crucial moment for British trainers during the week.

In a field where Bailey had two contenders, the early exit of Trelawne left the responsibility on the remaining runner to carry the yard's aspirations. The victorious gelding maintained a sturdy performance throughout, showcasing a strong run and clinching the win at 6-1 odds.

Reflecting on the win, Bass expressed the significance of the moment, acknowledging the privilege of riding these competitive horses. Bailey, on the other hand, shared his initial concerns about the race dynamics but praised Bass's confidence and the horse's tenacity in clinching the victory.

The day's success held a special place for Bailey and the team, who had been working towards this goal for a considerable time. However, the race was marred by the unfortunate news of Highland Hunter's fatal injury, casting a sombre shadow over the event.

In a separate triumph, Lark In The Mornin powered through the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, with Joseph O'Brien and J J Slevin steering the bay to a remarkable victory. Despite concerns about the ground conditions, the duo's strategic approach and the horse's resilience led to a well-deserved win, much to the delight of all involved.

Both victories added significant chapters to the day's racing narrative, underscoring the dedication and skill of the trainers, jockeys, and horses involved.

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