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  • 15:35 E.b.f. 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f

  • (qualifier) £10,000 added 4-6yo 8 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft-Good to Soft in plcs; Cross Country: Good to Soft-Soft in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 11.00s
  • Off time: 15:35:51

Miller Floors Hotpot Ghizao

Last Updated: 11/12/09 4:22pm

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General Miller (left) comes to tackle Ghizao.

General Miller (left) comes to tackle Ghizao.

General Miller formed the clinching leg of a double for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty as he fought like a tiger to deny Ghizao in the EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

The 5-1 shot preserved his unbeaten record with a display that stamps him as a contender for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, for which he was given a 16-1 quote by Paddy Power.

Ghizao looked all set for victory when Lidar dropped away, with Ruby Walsh sitting pretty on the odds-on chance.

However, Geraghty bided his time and when it came to a fight up the final hill, General Miller found more to prevail in a driving finish.

Henderson praised the work of his former employee Marcus Foley, who had given General Miller some intensive schooling at his base near Marlborough.

The trainer commented: "Marcus was the best schooling jockey you could wish to find and after sending this horse to him for ten days he came back a different horse jumping-wise.

"That was a good race and it was a good performance. When we started with him he didn't find the jumping at all easy, but Marcus has really helped him get his brain into gear."

General Miller, who summered at owner Henry Posonby's stud in North Yorkshire, is certainly bred for the job as he's from the family of Champion Hurdle winner Royal Gait.

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