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Rather Be rather better as he atones for festival mishap

Rather Be and Jeremiah McGrath take the last on the way to victory in the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle
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Rather Be's Cheltenham Festival ended barely after it began, but he demonstrated what he could have offered to secure a handsome consolation prize.

Eliminated at the second flight of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, when he was hampered and unseated his rider, he experienced no such misfortune in the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle, cruising to the front at the last and then holding off Dream Berry and Geordie Des Champs.

A day earlier jockey Jerry McGrath had had Red Rum Chase victory snatched from him in the final 75 yards when Double W's overhauled Theinval and was relieved there was no repeat this time.

"I was a broken man here yesterday evening, feeling really sorry for myself after finishing a very close second in the Red Rum," he said. "I kept my head up and went at it again and it worked out.

"I got a dream run. He jumped and travelled great. He's still a novice and there were a few times he didn't see any hurdles down the back. I just trust him and he produced every time.

Jeremiah McGrath has plenty to celebrate with Rather Be's victory after the previous day's narrow Red Rum Chase defeat

"He was very quirky early in his career and on his first bumper run he bucked off Andrew Tinkler at the start. He's had his quirks but you don't mind when they produce a big day like today."

Nicky Henderson won the same race two years ago with Theinval and Minella Fortress two years before that.

"He did deserve that," said the trainer. "He got brought down very early on at Cheltenham. I couldn't split him and Thomas Campbell at Cheltenham and today and they have finished first and fourth here."

Owner Matt Morgan said: "It's fantastic to win. These things happen for a reason. We were so disappointed coming out of Cheltenham; we were so confident going into it but he didn't have a race. He's fresh as paint today.

"Jerry said wherever he wanted to put him, he could go. You need to travel here and that's what he did."

Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle result and analysis

I was a broken man here yesterday evening, feeling really sorry for myself after finishing a very close second in the Red Rum

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