MISSED APPROACH wins the Kim Muir at The Festival
Alan & Andrew Turner’s fantastic MISSED APPROACH gave us all a day we will never forget by winning the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on Thursdays of the Cheltenham Festival. He has always promised us a big race running fantastically well into sixth in the Ladbrokes trophy in December. He also ran a great race to come second in the four mile Edinburgh National in February. Last year he ran a blinder at The Festival in the JT McNamara four mile amateur race coming second.
This year we kept the same jockey on him as last year’s Cheltenham with Noel McParlan piloting him again. These two seem to hit it off very well and we kept it simple by letting them bowl along in front the whole way. They made the running through the entirety of the 3m2f challenge and never got headed. MISSED APPROACH jumped like a buck and loved his time leading the field. There was a very strong challenge from Patrick Kelly’s MALL DINI, who appeared to be on the bridle and cruising down the hill, however, MISSED APPROACH would not be denied and stayed on with incredible tenacity to not let him pass.
To win at The Cheltenham Festival is the ultimate peak for any trainer. It is the Olympics of our sport and an awesome achievement for any horse. We have been lucky enough to win there once with COLE HARDEN and now we have got our second. We would just like to thank everyone at home who has worked so hard to keep everything going this season, the weather has been against us but that has not dampened any spirit or work rate. We would also thank our incredible owner’s, without whom none of these amazing days would be possible.
A wonderful day which was very well celebrated and we will now crack on to try and produce more fantastic times like this.
Ran really well but just got tired going to the last. Richard felt this was a wind issue, and she had her soft palate fired on Friday. She will head to the Grade 1 Staying Hurdle at Punchestown.