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2015 World Hurdle result - Cole Harden gives Warren Greatrex first Cheltenham Festival win

Jon Wilde in Thur. 16th March 12 Mar 2015
Gavin Sheehan, riding Cole Harden, celebrates victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle during day three of the Cheltenham Festival (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Trainer Warren Greatrex and jockey Gavin Sheehan enjoyed the biggest success of their respective careers as Cole Harden made every yard of the running to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Allowed an easy time of things at the head of affairs in Thursday’s highlight, the six-year-old looked a sitting duck as all the market leaders stacked up behind him.

But with the horse having had a breathing operation since his last run, Sheehan had saved plenty for the famous uphill finish and a good jump at the last flight kept him three lengths clear.

Paul Nicholls' Saphir Du Rheu gave chase but was three and a quarter lengths down at the line, with his stable companion Zarkandar the same distance back in third place after a jolting mistake at the penultimate flight cost him any chance of victory.

It was a first Cheltenham Festival success for trainer and jockey, coming at 14/1.


Gavin Sheehan celebrates victory aboard Cole Harden in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle during day three of the Cheltenham Festival (Getty Images)

Greatrex said:
“We've just won a Grade One and beat the best. If you’re going to break your duck (at Cheltenham), you may as well do it in a big one. 
“This means everything. I was struggling with him early in the season but then he won at Wetherby and I didn't know what to think. 
“I knew there was something wrong in the winter so we had his wind done after the Cleeve Hurdle and he hasn’t missed a day since. I need to thank my head lad Graham who does everything with this horse. 
“We knew he was spot on. You don't come thinking you are going to win, but I knew the rest would have to be right on their game. I thought going to the last flight we had them because he wouldn't stop. 
“It's fantastic. We are trying to compete with the big yards and hopefully this will help.”

Sheehan said:
“It's very special. Warren got me psyched up before the race. With fractions, you can't get them right all the time but you can only feel what your horse is giving and he gave me an exceptional ride. His jumping was brilliant. He was very quick and did everything right. 
“I was very nervous coming down the hill, I was holding on to him and wondering if I should send him on. Then we turned into the straight and he kept picking up and I was like 'where is everybody' but when I saw the line, it meant everything.”


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2015 World Hurdle result - Cole Harden gives Warren Greatrex first Cheltenham Festival win

Trainer Warren Greatrex and jockey Gavin Sheehan enjoyed the biggest success of their respective careers as Cole Harden made every yard of the running to win the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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