Band of Outlaws powers home to secure victory in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham
Band Of Outlaws 7-2f
Coko Beach 14-1
Ciel de Neige 17-2
King d’Argent 25-1
Fanfan Du Seuil 12-1
Band Of Outlaws gave trainer Joseph O’Brien his first Festival winner with a convincing two-length success in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Well backed late on, he was sent off the 7-2 favourite under J J Slevin – and the jockey had to hold his nerve approaching the last.
The gap between Praeceps and Coko Beach closed up, forcing him to switch to the outside, but he had plenty in hand despite the traffic problems.
Band Of Outlaws powered to victory in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Wednesday
The pre-race favourite left his rivals in his wake in the final furlong to secure an impressive win
‘We’re over the moon… I thought he (JJ Slevin) gave him a fantastic ride,’ the trainer said
Band Of Outlaws quickened up in fine style to win going away – and after being credited with the training of Ivanovich Gorbatov in the Triumph Hurdle in 2016 before he was officially a trainer, O’Brien now has one in his own name.
‘We’re over the moon,’ the trainer said after the race.
‘We were confident, we thought he was better than the handicapper… I thought he (JJ Slevin) gave him a fantastic ride.’
The victorious horse is paraded for the crowd following the impressive victory on Wednesday
The JJ Slevin-ridden horse came from behind and showed his class to secure victory
Band Of Outlaws gave trainer Joseph O’Brien his first Festival winner on Wednesday