PEMBROKESHIRE racehorse trainer Rebecca Curtis was delighted she picked up a winner at the Cheltenham 2014 Festival last week.
On day two of the famous four-day event her horse O’Faolains Boy gained a nail-biting victory over Smad Place in the RSA Chase over three miles and three furlongs.
The 12-1 shot won by a neck that gave Barry Geraghty his second win of the Festival, he finished with a treble success at the event.
Curtis has struggled with a virus in the yard through the winter, but as the sun shone so did the form of her horses change mood and running.
This win by O’Faolains has boosted his chances of picking up the prestigious Gold Cup next year.
“It’s amazing to get another winner at the Cheltenham Festival,” said Curtis. “Before Christmas our horses were not running great, but they are now and we knew he was very well coming here.
“He twisted his shoe badly, but it didn’t stop him in the end. He’s a funny horse; he finds a wind then goes again. "He proved he was a nice horse last year over hurdles, but this year hadn’t been ideal for him. It’s not a massive surprise as he proved in Ascot he was decent, but you never expect to win here.
“Everyone wants a Gold Cup horse, and you never know, if he keeps progressing he might be one day. The Gold Cup next year would be the dream.”
Lord Windermere won the famous Gold Cup at 20/1 with Curtis’ horse Tea for Three jumping well to finish eighth. He looked in fine fettle and will be running in Aintree next month in the Grand National where he finished third last year.
Curtis’ horse At Fishers Cross also placed third behind winner More of That ridden by Geraghty, and completed a superb week at Cheltenham for the county’s well respected trainer.