Black Tears edges out 11/10 favourite Concertista at the line to clinch Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle and give Denise Foster her first victory of the Festival after taking over Gordon Elliott’s yard last week
- Willie Mullins was aiming for a 10th win in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
- Favourite Concertista looked in control as they came down the last on Tuesday
- Black Tears got neck and neck with Concertista before going ahead at the line
- It gave Denise Foster her first victory after taking over Gordon Elliott’s yard
Black Tears’ Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle victory was a first of the Festival for Denise Foster – who took over Gordon Elliott’s yard just last week.
Black Tears, second in handicap company at last year’s meeting, challenged late to win by a head at 11-1 under Jack Kennedy from Willie Mullins’ odds-on favourite Concertista – who had got the better of her argument with market rival Roksana.
Foster is running Elliott’s Cullentra operation while he serves his ban after a photograph of him sitting on a dead horse was circulated on Twitter.
Jack Kennedy rides Black Tears (left) to victory after edging past favourite Concertista
Kennedy celebrates after bringing Black Tears home in style at Cheltenham on Tuesday
Kennedy said: ‘It’s unbelievable – I’m absolutely delighted for the owners.
‘It’s great for ‘Sneezy’ Foster as well – a massive team effort goes into getting the horses here every year, so it’s brilliant for the team.
‘She jumped and travelled unbelievably well.
‘She came out of my hands at the last – but luckily she was more tuned in than I was, and that was probably the difference between winning and losing.’