Porlock Bay storms through to win St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase in photo finish after a thrilling duel with Paul Townend’s 5/2 favourite Billaway
Porlock Bay and Billaway fought out a thrilling finish to the St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase, with the former just prevailing in a photo.
With amateurs currently unable to ride due to coronavirus restrictions, Lorcan Williams took the mount on Will Biddick’s 10-year-old, who was having just his second start in Britain after previously running in France.
Porlock Bay (16-1) could be spotted travelling supremely well from some way out, but favourite Billaway – who was second to It Came To Pass last year – proved a tough nut to crack, matching strides after jumping the last.
It was nip and tuck all the way to the line, with Porlock Bay just grabbing the glory on the nod, with Staker Wallace back in third and pace-setting Latenightpass in fourth.
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Porlock Bay edged the St James’s Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase on Friday