Henry de Bromhead’s championship domination at the Cheltenham Festival continued two weeks ago as Put The Kettle On maintained her unbeaten course-and-distance-record.
Under usual pilot Aidan Coleman, last year’s Arkle winner followed up in open company by downing odds-on favourite Chacun Pour Soi as de Bromhead celebrated another Grade One victory in the wake of Honeysuckle’s victory in the Champion Hurdle.
Nube Negra, who downed the great Altior at Kempton Park post-Christmas, finished second.
The pre-race hype had seemingly revolved around Willie Mullins’ gelding, with his trainer never having won the race with previous favourites Douvan and Un De Sceaux both faltering.
And despite his eventual leading trainer bragging rights later in the week, Put The Kettle On’s success would showcase once more the great strides that Henry de Bromhead has taken with his elite team over the course of the season.
Previous winner Politolouge was withdrawn in the stages leading up to the contest and two-time victor Altior was not considered fit enough to aim for a third tilt at the race.
But it would’ve taken a bold display from any absent rival to have prevented the four-time course-and-distance heroine from securing her finest hour.
A battle with Shishkin next year?
Bring it on.