Put The Kettle On wins at Cheltenham!
Put The Kettle On remained red hot at Cheltenham as she defied a jumping error three from home to win the Grade 2 Shloer Chase, writes Tom Harle.
The Henry De Bromhead horse made it three wins from three on the Old Course, backing up Arkle Trial and Arkle wins to cement her status as a very top class two-miler.
The six-year-old star, with Aidan Coleman on board, defied clear favourite Defi Du Seuil and reeled in Paul Nicholls’s Duc Des Genievres at the last stride.
“She has got a massive heart, this filly, because she hated the ground and was never happy the whole way,” said Coleman.
“It is a testament to her ability and her attitude. It was a hard race for her.
“She has only run once previous to this since November last year, and she might have been a touch rusty as well, but when I got on top I won well.
“A previous Arkle winner was second and where was everyone else? In another parish. Fair play to her.”
The Queen Mother Champion Chase will now be the target, a race De Bromhead has won before with Sizing Europe and Special Tiara.
And this victory has seen her cut to 8-1 in some places for the Festival big one.
"I think she can be a Champion Chaser - of course she can,” said Coleman.
“Whether that means being competitive or winning only time will tell, but she is value for more today considering the feel I got all the way round.
“She will be there, she will be in the money, but whether she's first or fourth, you don't know, do you, but she is a credit to connections and a delight to have."