Faivoir wins the McCoy Contractors County Hurdle for Dan Skelton on the final day at Cheltenham, a header from Pied Piper, with Filey Bay third
Faivoir won the McCoy Contractors County disabled hurdle by headbutting Dan Skelton on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
In the midst of preparing for the Gold Cup at 3:30, the second race saw a tight field for four minutes, with head-to-head fighting to the finish line. Faivoir went away on 33/1 and jockey Bridget Andrews was able to guide the eight-year-old to the finish line ahead of second placed Pied Piper (12/1) after a tight battle over the four minutes.
Filey Bay (6/1) was third and Sharjah (10/1) was fourth.
Favorite Lossiemouth won the opening race, the Triumph Hurdle, for Willie Mullins.
Pembroke started 9/2 favourite, according to Paddy Power, ahead of Hunters Yarn and Filey Bay (both 6/1).
Bridget Andrews aboard Faivoir (L) on her way to winning the second race of the day
1 Faivoir (Bridget Andrews) 33-1
2 Pied Piper (DN Russell) 12-1
3 Filey Bay (MP Walsh) 6-1
4 Sharjah (Mr PW Mullins) 10-1
Terence O’Brien’s horse Magnor Glory and Gordon Elliott’s horse Glan sat out, leaving a field of 24 to tackle the eight hurdles.
The McCoy Contractors County Hurdle was famously the final race of the Cheltenham Festival, but a change in the running order in 2009 meant it was the second on the Friday card.
The disabled steeplechase is run over two miles and a furlong at the Gloucestershire track.
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