Faivoir wins the McCoy Contractors County Hurdle for Dan Skelton
Faivoir wins the McCoy Contractors County Hurdle for Dan Skelton on Cheltenham’s final day, by a head from Pied Piper, with Filey Bay third
- Faivoir wins the second race of the day as the Cheltenham Festival concludes
- Jockey Bridget Andrews led Faivoir to a hurdle win by a head over Pied Piper
- Trainer Dan Skelton was there to see the eight-year-old win a tight race at 33/1
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Faivoir has won the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle by a head for Dan Skelton on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Amid the build-up to the Gold Cup at 3.30, the second race saw a tight field for four minutes, finished by a head-to-head sprint to the finish line.
Faivoir went off at 33/1 and jockey Bridget Andrews was able to guide the eight-year-old to the finish ahead of second placed Pied Piper (12/1) following a close contest.
Filey Bay (6/1) was third and Sharjah (10/1) was fourth.
Pembroke started as 9/2 favourite, according to Paddy Power, ahead of Hunters Yarn and Filey Bay (both 6/1).
Bridget Andrews on board Faivoir (L) on their way to winning the second race of the day
1 Faivoir (Bridget Andrews) 33-1
2 Pied Piper (D N Russell) 12-1
3 Filey Bay (M P Walsh) 6-1
4 Sharjah (Mr P W Mullins) 10-1
Terence O’Brien’s horse Magnor Glory and Gordon Elliott’s horse Glan were both non-runners, leaving a field of 24 to tackle the eight hurdles.
The McCoy Contractors County Hurdle was famously the final race of the Cheltenham Festival, but a running order change in 2009 meant it was second on Friday’s card.
The handicap hurdle is raced over two miles and a furlong at the Gloucestershire track.
Favourite Lossiemouth won the opening race, the Triumph Hurdle, for Willie Mullins.
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