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A golden show for African
12:00pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in Sport
AFRICAN Gold showed big potential after beating all apart from hot favourite At Fishers Cross in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival.
A bumper winner and unbeaten in four starts over hurdles, the five-year-old 9-2 shot, trained by Naunton’s Nigel Twiston-Davies, lost to the 11-8 favourite by fourand- a-half lengths.
Twiston-Davies said: “He’s going to be exciting over fences next season.”
Changing Times was a shock third for Twiston- Davies in the Jewson Novices’ Chase despite being way down the betting at 100-1.
His jockey son Sam, who also rode African Gold, said: “He’s a horse who wants further and he was staying on really well at the end.”
The stable’s other third place arrived courtesy of Double Ross (14-1) in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle under Adam Wedge.