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Festival winner for Tigers director

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Leicester Tigers director David Abell enjoyed the taste of victory at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday when his horse Cape Tribulation won the Pertemps Final.

Trained by Malcolm Jefferson and ridden by Denis O’Regan, the 14-1 shot Cape Tribulation finished ahead of Catch Me in the three mile handicap hurdle. Cantlow finished third with Houblon Des Obeaux fourth.

Winning owner Mr Abell, who has been a Tigers supporter for more than 30 years, said: “It’s amazing for a small trainer to have a winner here, usually the big trainers clean up. He won a Grade Two by 20 lengths, but it's been downhill ever since! We put him back over hurdles and it seems to have worked. Malcolm always said he was really good.”

A non-executive director of Tigers, Mr Abell is executive chairman of Jourdan plc. He was previously chairman and chief executive of Suter plc and a director of British Leyland Ltd.

Jefferson said: “He is quite a talented horse and he's given Denis a brilliant ride. It's been a long time since my last winner here.”

O'Regan added: “It's great to have a winner here - I haven't had one for a long time.He's a great little horse and Malcolm Jefferson has done a great job.”