Dettori-bred horse wins Champion Chase
DODGING BULLETS, bred by flat jockey great Frankie Dettori, proved a revelation as he claimed the Champion Chase in England on Wednesday.
All the build-up to the second-day highlight at the Cheltenham Festival was on whether the brilliant 2013 winner Sprinter Sacre could reclaim his crown after serious heart problems. Or if joint favourite Sire de Grugy could defend his title in the two-mile Grade 1 showpiece.
But the 5-2 market leaders were totally upstaged as Dodging Bullets (9-2) emerged from a three-way battle up the hill with runner-up Sommersby (33-1) and the front-running Special Tiara (18-1).
The fast-improving chaser was trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, and bred by Dettori, who was on hand to celebrate the "unbelievable" outcome.
The Italian rider said of his seven-year-old: "It was meant to be the Derby, but this is the second best!
"Sam gave him a fantastic ride. He jumped like a stag. My legs were shaking a little bit. What a horse."
Sire de Grugy came in fourth, with Sprinter Sacre pulling up before the last fence. - AFP.