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Treadwell keen to upset the odds at Cheltenham Festival again

Liam Treadwell has made a habit of riding big-priced winners and has his sights set on springing another surprise or two at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival following a 50/1 strike on Carrickboy in last season's Byrne Group Plate.

Treadwell hit the headlines when steering 100/1 outsider Mon Mome to victory in the 2009 Grand National but injury setbacks hampered his chances of building on that success.

However, he was back in the spotlight at Prestbury Park just over a year ago when making all the running on Carrickboy to beat Vino Griego and 20 other rivals with the Venetia Williams-trained gelding.

“You just never know in those big handicaps at The Festival and you see big-priced winners year in, year out,” commented Treadwell. “I had only ridden him once before when I won a competitive race at Chepstow and I knew he was a sound jumper. I don’t know if it was the atmosphere as much as anything else at Cheltenham, but the horse was just alive underneath me and jumped brilliantly. 
 
“He wasn’t forced in front and was always in his comfort zone. When I pushed some buttons turning into the straight, he found more which was surprising because it’s a massive ask to make all in a handicap at Cheltenham. He’s hard to catch right, but it just goes to show that when he’s on song, he’s a very good horse.

“I had a fantastic ride off Carrickboy and it was a very special day. I had placed there in years gone by on the likes of Ping Pong Sivola and Tullamore Dew, so I had got a slight taste of it, but there is no better feeling than coming up that hill in front and walking down the chute in front of the grandstand. 
 
“I’ve always wanted to ride a winner at The Festival. The whole season revolves around it and it is a dream come true for any jockey, trainer or owner to have a winner there.”

Treadwell has already had over 30 winners this season and has some good rides to look forward to at this year’s Festival, headed by the James Evans-trained pair of Trackmate and Softsong.

Trackmate captured a Pertemps Final qualifier at Cheltenham in October and has been laid out for the Festival since that success, while Softsong blitzed his rivals in a maiden hurdle at Doncaster in early January and followed up with a solid Flat third on the all-weather at Kempton. 


“Things are going great guns so far this season," added Treadwell. "I have already reached my best tally of winners, so I’ll keep working hard and hopefully it will continue.

“The question with Trackmate is whether or not he is well enough handicapped after winning competitive  handicaps at Aintree and Cheltenham in good style. But he is going straight there, so he will be fresh and well, and is definitely one to look forward to.

"Softsong is another one and he won really well at Doncaster on his first start for James Evans. I’m not sure what race he goes for at Cheltenham, but I would look forward to riding him.”


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Treadwell keen to upset the odds at Cheltenham Festival again

Liam Treadwell has made a habit of riding big-priced winners and has his sights set on springing another surprise or two at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival following a 50/1 strike on Carrickboy in last season's Byrne Group Plate.

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