Hot favourite finds Bobs has a trick up his sleeve
POPULAR chaser Tricky Trickster booked his place at the Cheltenham Festival at Ffos Las yesterday — but not in the style many had expected.
The ten-year-old was a high-class chaser in his heyday — at one time he was favourite for the Grand National.
But he had been off the track for almost two years since breaking vertebrae in his neck in a fall at Uttoxeter.
At one point there were fears for his life, but he has battled back to health and returned to the course for the first time the week before last when winning comfortably at Huntington.
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He was expected to follow that up yesterday at Ffos Las, but could only finish second to Bobs Law in the Dunraven Welsh Foxhunters Hunters Chase.
But by finishing in the runners-up spot, he qualified for the Foxhunters Chase at the festival in little under a month.
Come On Annie provided on of the biggest shocks in Ffos Las's short history when landing the novice handicap hurdle at odds of 66-1.
The seven-year-old had only beaten a total of ten horses home in her first four races over obstacles and was sent off the rank outsider of the field of 12. But she belied her odds to hold off the challenge of Lord Of The Dunes and register a winner for Caerphilly trainer Bernard Llewellyn.
Ffos Las chairman Dai Walters got in the winner's enclosure when Whisper won the opening novice hurdle.