Flame Burns Bright At Newcastle

Sat 1st Dec 2012, 14:39

Denis O'Regan
©Healy Racing Photos
Countrywide Flame (11/4) was an impressive winner of the Grade One StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Denis O'Regan was motionless throughout the contest aboard last season's JCB Triumph Hurdle hero and he went to the front two out as long-time leader Bothy cried enough.

10/11 favourite Cinders And Ashes was tracking the eventual winner at that stage but the Supreme Novices' hero was soon in trouble.

O'Regan finally gave Countrywide Flame his head after the final obstacle and he sauntered clear to win in style.

The Cheltenham Festival - Will You Have a Flutter?

The Cheltenham Festival begins on the 14th March. The excitement is building: horses are being put through their final preparations on the gallops, jockeys are being booked for rides and anticipation is high for the four day Festival. Many thousands of racing fans will make the trip to the Cotswolds while others will watch from afar but, one thing is for sure, they will all have a bet on their fancies for the big races.

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