James and Jacob win in Cheltenham

Jockey Daryl Jacob notched up his 3rd Cheltenham festival winner with victory aboard the Willie Mullins trained ‘Concertista’. Having finished 2nd in the race last year on hurdling debut, Concertista ran out an emphatic 12 length winner under Jacob.

Further success came for Wexford jockeys in the form of Rob James, who partnered the Gordon Elliott trained ‘Milan Native’ to victory in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase, the final race of day three. This is the first ever Cheltenham Festival victory for Kiltealy man Rob James.

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In the first race on the card Samcro returned to Cheltenham to win the Marsh Novice Chase, two years ago he won the Ballymore at the Festival, but the son of Germany is another to have began his career in Kiltealy, four years ago, he won his maiden at Monksgrange, trained by Colin Bowe and ridden by Barry O’Neill.

The Grade 3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase went the way of the Harry Whittington trained Simply The Betts, and it provided the Arctic Tack based stallion Arcadio (GER), with another winner. The Foulksmills stud looks set for a busy season as Jetaway is producing plenty of 4yo winners on the point-to-point front. In the same contest, Oldgrangewood who finished 4th, was trained by Denis Murphy to take a Lingstown point-to-point in his debut 5 years ago as a 4yo

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