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  • 16:20 Citroen Sefton Novices' Hurdle 3m 110y

  • (grade 1) £100,000 added 4yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good-Good to Soft in places on National course.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 13.40s
  • Off time: 16:20:21

Ogee Springs Surprise

Last Updated: 03/04/09 6:31pm

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Ogee is awkward over the last.

Ogee is awkward over the last.

Ogee (25-1) produced a surprise win in the Citroen Sefton Novices' Hurdle for trainer Renee Robeson and rider Jimmy McCarthy.

Although he led before two out, he was quickly challenged by Comhla Ri Coig (100-1) and kept Donald McCain's charge by half a length.

According To Dick (10-1) was third but the 13-8 favourite Karabak was let down by several mistakes.

McCarthy said: "We've always thought he was a decent horse and he's been running well all year on bad ground.

"He needs this better ground and we thought the step up in trip would suit. A lot of the fancied horses had run at Cheltenham and he'd had a break so we thought if ever there was a chance to have a crack at a Grade One this was it.

"I wasn't really concerned at any stage bar being in front a bit soon and he put down on me at the last when he was dossing, but there was never a worry really.

"It's been a few years since I had a winner here, they are few and far between."

Robeson added: "That was fantastic, Jimmy gave him an amazing ride and he's done us proud.

"I think he'll stay over hurdles next year and then go chasing but you can never plan too far ahead with horses.

"I'm thrilled to have him and Sir Michael Stoute was very good to pass him on."

McCain revealed runner-up Comhla Ri Coig will now go over fences. "I thought he'd just got there," said the local handler.

"He'll be a novice chaser next season as he's from a good jumping family.

"I've thought about starting him off at the end of May but, looking at the run, we might give him a breather."

Connections were also satisfied by the performance of third-placed According To Dick, trained by Philip Hobbs.

Sarah Hobbs, wife of the Minehead handler, said: "We're delighted with him, but he really wants good ground.

"Richard Johnson said it was more like good to soft.

"He'll make a nice chaser."

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