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A dark Cloud The talented and tough Many Clouds dies at Cheltenham after a career-best performance, while on a brighter note, Irish-based trainer

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t was probably the best race run in Britain or Ireland for the last two seasons, containing the required level of competition and deep story line that has been slightly lacking from top level NH races over the past couple of years Sadly, it ended in tears, but enough has been written about that. In the Cotswold Chase (G2), a race staged as a Gold Cup Trial and run at Prestbury Park, the brilliant Thistlecrack, the young chaser who had been breaking all the rues of engagement, was taking on the battled hardened, granite tough, superbly athletic jumper Many Clouds, a Grand National winner. It had the story line required by writers: could the old warrior, whose abilities were well recognised, fight off the young upstart, whose talent was seemingly unlimited. The race provided all: Many Clouds as always played to his strong suit, jumping immaculately. He went forward from the bend, Tom Scudamore on Thistlecrack covering the move with his son of Kayf Tara ready to pounce. But Many Clouds dug in, dug deep, and came up with answers. The pair dueled up the Cheltenham hill, providing NH fans with the kind of battle so loved but rarely seen as the two protagonists refused to give way. In the end Thistlecrack was proved to be a normal horse with limits, beaten by a head by the former Grand National winner. Sadly, the axis of the Sherwood team’s world shifted from the euphoria of seeing their best horse at the age of ten and after

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