RACING: Twiston-Davies chaser completes big Cheltenham double

Double Ross, right, who was in winning form again at Cheltenham

Double Ross, right, who was in winning form again at Cheltenham

First published in Sport

DOUBLE ROSS collected his second valuable handicap chase at Cheltenham in little more than a fortnight despite filthy conditions on New Year’s Day.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained chaser won the Stewart Family Gold Cup, worth £56,000 to the winner, in mid-December and his victory in Wednesday’s Fairlawne Handicap Chase topped up the coffers by a further £28,000.

Double Ross survived an opening-fence blunder but was foot perfect thereafter and landed 11-8 favouritism in convincing fashion.

Double Ross eventually beat Cedre Bleu by four and a half lengths and the trainer said: “He handled the (heavy) ground well and I shall enter him in all the novice chases at the Festival."

Successful jockey Sam Twiston-Davies added: "He is a relentless galloper, who keeps going.

"I was just a little worried that it might have been too soon after his win at the last meeting - all credit to the girl who looks after him, she told me he was as fresh and well as he has been all season."

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