James Smyth punches the air as Tammys Hill wins the Foxhunter ChasePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Cheltenham Festival: Tammys charges home in Foxhunter Chase
Report: Cheltenham Festival, Friday
CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup 3m2½f, 5yo+ New course
HAVING been declared an unlikely runner at Cheltenham after his win at Leopardstown last month, Tammys Hill (15-2) proved connections made the right decision to run with a determined victory.
Trained by Liam Lennon and ridden by 35-year-old James Smyth, Tammys Hill was one of a number of horses that had travelled smoothly through the race, briefly leading at the top of the hill and being reined back before launching his challenge at the last.
As he charged up the hill, he denied the gallant Carsonstown Boy who had jumped magnificently and was only run out of things in the final climb to the finish line.
On The Fringe had also travelled sweetly for Nina Carberry and was also delivered at the last but he did not finish the race as strongly as the first two and could only manage third.
Smyth said: "The horse has won about 17 races in hunter chases and point-to-points now and it couldn't get much better than this."