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  • 14:25 Handicap Chase2m

  • £40,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft (Cross Country; Good)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 4.10s
  • Off time: 14:27:59

French Opera A Grand Prospect

Last Updated: 13/11/09 3:30pm

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French Opera - won well.

French Opera - won well.

Barry Geraghty signed off with a winner before the start of a 12-day ban in the Handicap Chase aboard French Opera at Cheltenham.

The Irishman, who took the wrong course on My Petra at Wetherby late last month, misses a ride on the same horse in Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup.

French Opera, the 5-2 favourite after a recent win at Ascot, was in command throughout and held off the renewed challenge of Nikola by four lengths.

"I'd certainly plan to run him in the Grand Annual again - he was third in the race last season and he tends to be at the top of his game in the spring and autumn," said winning trainer Nicky Henderson.

"Barry's off for 12 days now, so at least he'll go away happy."

Twiston-Davies said of the runner-up: "I said he might surprise a few people and I think he has. I am chuffed to bits with that.

"He is very tough and jumps better than the others which keeps him in the race.

"A stiff two miles on this sort of ground is what he wants and he is improving."

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