Dame De Compagnie wins Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham
- Dame De Compagnie, the 5-1 favourite, came good in the Handicap Hurdle
- Black Tears finished second and in third position was ThoseDaysAreGone
- The win was jockey Barry Geraghty’s third at Cheltenham so far this year
Dame De Compagnie justified strong market support in the Coral Cup to continue a golden start to the Cheltenham Festival for Barry Geraghty and Nicky Henderson.
With three Grade Ones already in the bag courtesy of Shishkin, Epatante and Champ, Henderson showed he is just as adept at getting one ready for a handicap.
The unexposed mare was sent off the 5-1 favourite on the back of an easy win in December, a race that later saw Henderson appeal the fact she was put up an extra 2lb due to collateral form.
Dame De Compagnie (left, green and gold) won the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham
The panel found in his favour and she was allowed to run off her initial rating.
In the end she had two and a quarter lengths to spare over Gordon Elliott’s Black Tears, with Thosedaysaregone third and Cracking Smart fourth.
Geraghty said: ‘She won well. We didn’t go much of a gallop, and I was happy to be just behind the pace once she was relaxed.
‘She picked up from the back of the last. It was a good performance.’
Barry Geraghty celebrates victory with Dame De Compagnie in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
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