Donegal delight at Cheltenham win

There was a Donegal cheer on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival when a Convoy-born horse came home first in the bumper Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase.

There was a Donegal cheer on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival when a Convoy-born horse came home first in the bumper Pulteney Land Investments Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Hunt Ball, trained by Keiran Burke and owned by Anthony Knott form Somerset, was previously owned by the well-known local horse trainer Michael Slevin of Ruskey Lower, Convoy.

The seven-year-old won to justify his price as 13-2 favourite and was being pushed along by Nick Scholfield running down the hill, but responded to pressure and swept to the lead approaching the final fence. Hunt Ball took the final fence well and powered up the hill to score by eight lengths from White Star Line.