Chatez rolls back the years with game Spring Cup victory
Peter and Trish Andrews will always have a soft spot for Newbury, the bold-jumping grey Smad Place having given them their biggest thrill as owners when capturing the 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup.
And on Saturday another of their veteran equine soldiers Chatez rolled back the years to beat off his 25 opponents in the cavalry charge which is the Spring Cup on the Berkshire course.
Alan was watching in on television from Ayr, but, while Peter Andrews has always stressed that “we are jumping people at heart”, he was absolutely delighted to see eight-year-old Chatez outpace his younger rivals in the last 100 yards for a gallant success.
Peter said:”Chatez won twice over hurdles for us, but he is a better horse on the Flat and this was his fifth success on the level. Alan and the team have worked wonders to get him back as he missed almost two years with a leg injury.”
Chatez has always been ground dependent and he was pulled out of the Lincoln at the 11th hour when the going at Doncaster became too quick, so, while Newbury had dried up over the last few days, the soaking which it took earlier in the week meant that there was still sufficient give in the ground for the 16-1 chance to produce the goods.
Olly Stevens, Alan’s assistant trainer, said:”Chatez is very tough and when he gets the right underfoot conditions he is very good, too.
“These strongly run mile handicaps suit Chatez, and William Buick, who was riding him for the first time, was very complimentary about the horse afterwards.”