Cheltenham Festival 2020: Saint Roi wins the County Handicap Hurdle

Barry Geraghty claims a fifth Cheltenham Festival win of the week as Saint Roi storms to victory in the County Handicap Hurdle

Bookies favourite Saint Roi claimed victory in the County Handicap HurdleHe stretched clear of Aramon after the clearing the final hurdle to win in style 

Saint Roi landed a gamble to continue a superb Festival for connections with a convincing victory in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Saint Roi may have been lightly-raced, but money talked and the JP McManus-owned five-year-old delivered in style.

Coming to the last, Embittered held every chance, as did a few others, but the Barry Geraghty-ridden Saint Roi was going best of all and the 11-2 favourite pulled away to win decisively by four and a half lengths. 

Irish jockey Barry Geraghty celebrates on Saint Roi after winning his fifth race of the week 

Willie Mullins also saddled the runner-up, Aramon, with Gordon Elliott’s Embittered a head away third and another of the Mullins’ team, Buildmeupbuttercup, another head back in fourth.

Riding his fifth winner of the week, Gearghty said: ‘He was electric, for a horse with little experience, the pace they went, he was very good. Willie was sweet on him and he’s not a bad judge.

‘It’s what you dream of, you come here and one winner is all you want. It’s brilliant when they keep coming. There’s no doubt about it, it’s a privileged position to ride such good horses for good people and it is a pleasure.

‘It’s a fun game in this sport, I enjoy it.’

Saint Roi (centre) powers clear to win the County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenhal Festival

Saint Roi (centre) powers clear to win the County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenhal Festival

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