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  • 14:05 Racing Uk Free Today On Sky 432 Challow Novices' Hurdle 2m 5f

  • (grade 1) £42,500 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 28.20s
  • Off time: 14:05:30

Reve De Sivola Swoops In Challow

By Tom Peacock, Press Association Sport.   Last Updated: 05/03/10 4:47pm

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Jacob returns on Reve De Sivola.

Jacob returns on Reve De Sivola.

Reve De Sivola gave Nick Williams back-to-back successes in a pulsating renewal of the Racing UK Free Today On Sky 432 Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.

Sporting the colours of last year's winner Diamond Harry, the 15-8 second favourite did not do his chances any favours with a couple of sloppy jumps, but he began to make ground on the leaders approaching the final flight.

Finian's Rainbow, the 13-8 favourite, held a narrow advantage jumping the final flight.

But he almost knocked that obstacle to the ground, and it fleetingly looked as though 40-1 chance Restless Harry was going to take the Grade One prize.

But Reve De Sivola found top gear inside the last 100 yards and got up to score by half a length.

Owner Paul Duffy said: "That was fantastic. We quietly fancied him but you never quite know what you are up against.

"He was bought as a chaser so all of this is a bonus.

"The new Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle (formerly the Ballymore) at the Cheltenham Festival is the next one we are thinking about, and I'm not sure if he'd run again first."

Winning jockey Daryl Jacob was on board Williams' Grade One scorer Me Voici just 24 hours earlier.

He said: "It's been a great couple of days for me with two Grade Ones.

"I wasn't confident until halfway up the run-in, but I knew my horse would keep staying.

"He'll get further when he is older but two and a half miles or two-five will be fine for now."

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