Favourite backers were celebrating after the 11/8 market leader At Fishers Cross (6g Oscar-Fermoy Supreme, by Supreme Leader) delivered a second G1 for Oscar at this year’s Cheltenham Festival on Friday.
The Rebecca Curtis-trained six-year-old went off a well-backed market leader for the G1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and battled through the rain-softened to score in good style under Tony McCoy.
“It’s amazing to win a first Grade One and hasn’t really sunk in yet,” admitted Curtis. “We were lucky to get the ground we wanted. I wouldn’t rule out him going on better ground but he is proven on heavy so I was delighted when it started raining. He kept battling up the hill and is a little star.
“We were delighted to have a winner last year and I thought we should make the most of it because they don’t come around too often. But, to have another one this year, especially a Grade One, ups our game again and it is amazing.
“We knew we had him fit and well so couldn’t do any more. He is such a tough horse and I wouldn’t bring anything here this week unless it had a realistic chance. It’s very special to win for J P (McManus) and I’m also delighted for A P (McCoy) because he was getting a bit down having not had a winner so far this week.”
The six-year-old, who was bred by Liam O’Regan, has now won six of his eight starts and Curtis is undecided whether he will go chasing next season.
“He could be a Ladbrokes World Horse next season but he’ll be a chaser eventually. I’ll talk to Frank Berry and J P and see what they want to do.”
At Fishers Cross was following in the steps of Lord Windermere (7g Oscar-Satellite Dancer, by Satco), who won Wednesday’s G1 RSA Chase for Oscar.