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Buywise is best at Cheltenham

Evan Williams is eyeing some of the autumn's biggest prizes for Buywise after he defied some hairy jumping to win at Cheltenham.

The seven-year-old has been in superb form since the turn of the year, with a Taunton triumph sandwiched by a couple of bloodless victories at Ludlow earning him a trip to the Cheltenham Festival.

In the words of his trainer, Buywise "jumped like his legs were tied together" in the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase at the showpiece meeting, but still emerged with plenty of credit as he finished strongly to claim fifth.

Sent off the 5/2 favourite on his return to Prestbury Park for the feature Wooden Spoon Charity Silver Trophy, the gelding was again far from fluent in the jumping department but moved smoothly into contention rounding the home turn.

He guessed again at the final obstacle, but it was not enough to stop him sealing a nine-length victory over Astracad.

Williams was quick to credit to the victory to his stable jockey, Paul Moloney.

He said: "There was a big improvement in his jumping, but that was all down to the man on top.

"Paul did a wonderful job, it was a phenomenal ride and I can't take any credit.

"That's him finished for the season and the next time you see him will either be in the Paddy Power Gold Cup back here or in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

"There are no doubts at all about his engine, it is just getting the engine from A to B that can be the problem!"