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Le Prezien left in the clear at Cheltenham for Paul Nicholls and Barry Geraghty

Mon 14 Nov 2016

Le Prezien cashed in on a late fall from Some Plan to win the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

Trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Barry Geraghty, the successful five-year-old hardly dazzled in the jumping department for a great deal of the two-mile journey.

But once Henry de Bromhead's raider Some Plan fell two fences from home, Le Prezien (8-11 favourite) seized the initiative under Geraghty.

Nearest pursuer Hammersly Lake was four lengths away in second.

Nicholls said: "Mr (JP) McManus (owner) was happy to run him and as it turned out it was the perfect race for him.

"He got better with his jumping as he warmed up. He was a bit like that over hurdles.

"I think slightly better ground may suit him.

"He's not the biggest in the world, but he's very athletic and is just going to keep learning.

"He is a strong stayer. Over two (miles), if the ground was good it would be quick for him, so he'd want further. On testing ground you wouldn't know.

"We've always thought he was quite nice. He's only a young horse and can only get stronger."

Geraghty said: "He did it well. I suppose his task was made easier when Some Plan came down two out.

"His jumping was OK, but he has a bit to learn."

Behind Time (9-2) overcame late waywardness under Kieron Edgar to take the White Christmas Parties At Cheltenham Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle.

Trainer Harry Fry said: "The horse was very green but it is early days and that was only his fourth start. The penny still hasn't dropped. He has got 12 days to get out with a penalty so we will try to do that."

Poetic Rhythm, a good winner at Chepstow last month, doubled up to take Listed honours in the Jockey Club Ownership Syndicate Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Trainer Fergal O'Brien said of the 11-2 chance: "He's tough and he battles. Let's just hope he keeps going."

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