Heaven Help us has won the 14:30 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle from Craigneiche and Tea Clipper.
It was seen as a tie-up between the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Guard Your Dreams (6/1), Nicky Henderson’s Craigneiche (7/1) and Mrs Denise Foster’s Grand Roi (7/1), with the three favourites having reasonable success in recent meetings prior to Cheltenham festival.
But it was Heaven Help Us who stormed to victory after a mix up at the start line, where the riders were made to do a standing start.
The Paul Hennessy trained horse powered into the lead at the start and held a healthy advantage and despite pressure from Witness Protection, Heaven Help Us breezed away to win for the first time in Cheltenham and also give Paul Hennessy his first Cheltenham win.
“But Heaven Help Us what a ride for young Richard Condon, he dictated and now salutes the ‘crowd’ at the finish line!” screamed Richard Hoiles as Heaven Help Us crossed the line.
Here were the odds from Paddy Power prior to the race!