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CHELTENHAM REWIND | Trevor Hemmings’ Vintage Clouds lands the 2021 Ultima Handicap Chase

On Trevor Hemmings’ 86th Birthday, we take a look back at his latest Cheltenham Festival victory



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To celebrate owner Trevor Hemmings turning 86, today’s rewind takes a look back at Vintage Clouds claiming success in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Trained by Sue Smith, the gelding was making his fifth appearance in the contest and was priced up at the large odds of 28/1.

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The gelding pushed in front at the 10th fence and didn’t look back, plugging on gamely under Ryan Mania.

The 11-year-old remained in front on the home turn, but he was being challenged by Happygolucky and Aye Right.

Trevor Hemmings landed his first Cheltenham Festival victory in seven years with Vintage Clouds

But Smith’s veteran fended off the two well-backed contenders, pulling clear of his rivals in the run-in.

Vintage Clouds, who was tipped up for this contest in our Cheltenham Festival Value Picks, went to win by five and a half lengths in the famous Hemmings yellow and lime green silks.

watch: vintage clouds lands the ultima at cheltenham [credit: racing tv]

It was hoped the gelding would race in the Scottish Grand National or the Sandown Gold Cup, but he did not feature in either contest.

DID YOU KNOW? Vintage Clouds was the oldest runner to win the Ultima since 11-year-old Flyer’s Nap claimed success in 1997.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.