Mount Ida overcomes odds of 999-1 in race to win at Cheltenham

Mount Ida pulled off a remarkable Cheltenham Festival win after hitting odds of 999-1 in-running.

The 3-1 favourite was struggling early on in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase, the final contest of day three.

Jockey Jack Kennedy gave the well-backed mare time to find her stride – and going out onto the final circuit she started to creep into contention.

Left in third three out, by the fall of Rachael Blackmore’s mount Plan Of Attack, Mount Ida led at the next fence, despite not being fluent at the obstacle.

She had too many gears up the run-in for 33-1 outsider Cloudy Glen, with Shantou Flyer (11-2) in third and Hold The Note fourth (9-1).

A total of £102 was matched on Mount Ida at the maximum 999-1 odds on Betfair.

Mount Ida ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy on the way to winning the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Kennedy said: “I was lucky they were going quick. She wasn’t jumping or travelling early on but she warmed into it lovely and she was doing her best work at the finish.”

The day ended better than it began for the rider, who fell from hot favourite Envoi Allen (4-9f) in the Marsh Novices’ Chase, the first contest of seven.

“It was obviously really disappointing but the most important thing is he and Jack were both OK and we live to go and fight another day,” said Henry de Bromhead.

The trainer won the Grade 2 Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle with Telmesomethinggirl.

It was an eighth Cheltenham Festival win for jockey Rachael Blackmore, which saw her overtake Nina Carberry by one in the female jockeys’ all-time list.

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