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Tartak (far left) - Cheltenham 01.01.11

Tartak (left) takes part in an exciting finish to win his first Cheltenham race

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Cool Brennan excels on Tartak at Cheltenham

Report: Saturday, Cheltenham

Victorchandler.com Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m5f, 5yo+

PETERBOROUGH CHASE winner Tartak was given a super ride by Paddy Brennan to deny Carole's Legacy in a brilliant finish to the Victorchandler.com Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Tom George-trained eight-year-old, who returned at 7-1, was delivered to perfection by Brennan, beating 7-2 favourite Carole's Legacy by three-quarters of a length.

Mahogany Blaze ran with credit to claim third at 25-1.

It was a maiden Cheltenham success for Tartak, who was cut to 14-1 (from 20) by Stan James for the Ryanair Chase, a race George is targeting.

"It's great for him," George said. "When he was a novice he was banging on the door at the top and was fifth in the [2009] Arkle.

"He always takes two races each year [to get fit] and I think he'll improve again. The aim is the Ryanair."

The victory was also a welcome tonic for George, who added he was keen to put a disappointing 2010 behind him.

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