Racing: Dennis disappointed with Osborne tactics
Monday 30 November 1998
"It was an extraordinary race with so many good horses pulled up, like Call It A Day and The Toiseach. Those who went off in front didn't get home and we probably set the race up for Teeton Mill."
Osborne defended his tactics: "I know the horse very well and I felt that for him to have every chance of winning it needed to be a true test of stamina. Unfortunately he wasn't capable of maintaining a gallop. When he won the race [in 1996] I went off in front - unfortunately it didn't work yesterday.
"I have discussed it with Walter and there is no animosity between us. I don't think Coome Hill at his best could have given a stone and 5lb to Teeton Mill yesterday."
Dennis will now prepare Coome Hill for a tilt at the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, while Teeton Mill may return to action in Ascot's Betterware Cup on 19 December.
The Hennessy favourite, Seven Towers, may have lost his chance jumping the first fence it emerged yesterday. Mary Reveley believes the gelding may have trapped a nerve in his back at the first of the 21 obstacles. Seven Towers was always behind and was well adrift when pulled up seven fences from home.
"He twisted at the fist fence and never took a cut or galloped after that," Reveley said. "He has run like that before and it is nothing serious. He could well still go for the Welsh National. It's desperately disappointing but the money that went on him wasn't mine - thank goodness."
Latest in Sport
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Fantasy Premier League: Invest in Arsenal to climb the ranks in Gameweek 23
Manchester United sign former Manchester City prospect Sadiq El Fitouri on advice from Phil Neville and Paul Scholes
Chelsea vs Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini pours scorn on anti-Chelsea 'campaign' but refuses to discuss Jose Mourinho's 'Pellegrino' slight
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: Phase Co-ordinator for Foundation and Key S...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: SEN Teacher We have a fantastic special n...
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an 11-18 all ability co-educat...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 6 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...