Tim’s star turn at Cheltenham

Saturday, 4 November 2017

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Vale trainer Tim Vaughan could have been forgiven if he had danced with joy at the spiritual home of steeplechasing last Friday.

As he saddled his first ever winner at sunny Cheltenham when his six-year-old grey gelding Master Dancer, a 12-1 chance, scored an impressive win in the £12,000 Brandon Hill Capital Handicap Hurdle.

Vaughan, a former Welsh champion point-to-point rider and a graduate of the Llangeinor Hunt Pony Club, said: “Knowing my record at Cheltenham it’s a bit of a surprise! Everyone winds me up about it.”

“It’s lovely to have a winner here and it’s nice that Dickie (Champion National Hunt jockey Richard Johnson) was on board as we’ve been together a long time. It’s long overdue,but I’m delighted.”

Of Master Dancer he said: “That’s his fifth win for us. He’s won on the Flat and over the jumps, so it’s great.”

Johnson said: “Tim’s had a lot of seconds here so it’s fantastic for him to finally win. It’s a special experience to have success at Cheltenham and I’m so pleased Tim has got his reward.”

Tim commented: “We have had 151 previous runners on the course and around 20 seconds and three of those have been at the National Hunt Festival meeting. A big hoodo is now out of the way.”

Master Dancer , owned by select-racing club.co Mr C Davies, won by an easy 10 lengths from the French-bred Vivas and was one of three runners-the other two were Ruacana (George Blackwell) and Nathans Pride (Alan Johns) Vaughan had in the 21 runner field and, for the record, they finished 16th and 17th respectively.


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