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  • 15:30 Elizabeth Finn Care Devon National Handicap Chase3m 6f 110y

  • £20,000 added 5yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 51.40s
  • Off time: 15:30:28

Teeming Reigns Again

By Press Association Sport Staff.   Last Updated: 09/03/10 4:42pm

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O'Neill - won Exeter feature.

O'Neill - won Exeter feature.

Teeming Rain put up a gutsy performance to complete back-to-back victories in the Elizabeth Finn Care Devon National Handicap Chase at Exeter.

And in a repeat of last year's finish, Jonjo O'Neill's 9-1 shot landed the stamina test from Present M'Lord.

Richie McLernon brought the 11-year-old, owned by J P McManus, with a perfectly-timed run to head Present M'Lord close home and win by two-and-a-half lengths.

Present M'Lord took the lead at the third-last but could not shake off his old adversary, who again proved too strong on the run to the line.

The first two drew 11 lengths clear of the third horse, Helm.

"He must like it here. His best form is here and I'm just delighted he won," McLernon told At The Races.

"It's hard to tell with a horse like him what he's going to do because he never puts in the same performance twice, so we were just hoping for a good run, and he delivered.

"Jonjo just told me to ride him in the middle and to try to keep him interested without bullying him too much.

"He travelled brilliantly. His jumping normally lets him down but he jumped brilliantly today. It's all worked out well.

"The pace was really good early on and he jumped super. The loose horse helped me on the run-in as he does tend to idle a bit.

"There's great pride in wearing these colours. Mr McManus looks after me and it's nice to be able to repay him."

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