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Western Warhorse Pounces Late To Land Shock Arkle Victory For Pipe

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Tom Scudamore's never-say-die attitude on board Western Warhorse worked wonders as the 33/1 David Pipe-trained outsider managed to reel in a gallant Champagne Fever to cause a major shock in the Arkle Challenge Trophy, as the Pond House inmate won by a head in an enthralling finish to the two-mile Grade One on day one of the meeting.

Ruby Walsh adopted similar front-running tactics aboard Champagne Fever as he looked to bag a quickfire double in the first two races and turning for home it had looked as though the Willie Mullins-trained raider would land his third Cheltenham Festival crown on the spin as he pulled two lengths clear jumping the last fence.

However, Scudamore continued to get busy in the saddle on Western Warhorse and he showed great tenacity to gradually bridge the gap between him and Walsh at the front and as the winning line approach, it was Pipe's raider who found enough to land the coveted prize and send shock around Prestbury Park with joyous bookmakers celebrating a real boil over.

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