‘Mad’ mare Put The Kettle On proves a champion at Cheltenham Festival

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  • Last year’s Arkle Chase winner battles home to win at 17-2
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The Cheltenham hill is where National Hunt’s champions are judged, and the climb to the line found Chacun Pour Soi wanting in the Queen Mother Champion Chaseon Wednesday. Instead it was a “mad” mare called Put The Kettle On who rose to the challenge, as she has every time she has raced here, adding the two-mile all-aged championship to her win in the Arkle Trophy for novices 12 months ago.

This was a fourth visit to the Old course at Cheltenham for Put The Kettle On, and a fourth win over track and trip. Henry de Bromhead’s mare led for much of the way but was headed by Chacun Pour Soi, the odds‑on favourite, on the run to the final fence, only to power up the hill as Willie Mullins’s runner visibly faltered.

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Written by Greg Wood at Cheltenham
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‘Mad’ mare Put The Kettle On proves a champion at Cheltenham Festival

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