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  • 15:15 Gpg Novices' Chase 3m

  • (grade 2) (registered As The Worcester Novices' Chase) £25,500 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £14,538 2nd £5,454 3rd £2,731 4th £1,362
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 2.30s
  • Off time: 15:15:50

Massini tragedy as Aiteen wins

Commanding performance from Ditcheat star

Last Updated: 25/11/10 5:16pm

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Aiteen Thirtythree: Won race marred by favourite's fatal fall.

Aiteen Thirtythree: Won race marred by favourite's fatal fall.

Aiteen Thirtythree landed the GPG Novices' Chase at Newbury - but the race was marred by a fatal fall suffered by Tell Massini.

Always in the front-rank, the winner jumped well under Noel Fehily to record a 13-2 success for leading trainer Paul Nicholls.

Nicholls said: "I've always loved him but he's still very immature.

"He won't do a whole lot this year - I'm not sure he'd enjoy the hustle and bustle of the RSA Chase (at Cheltenham)," he added.

One of the most anticipated novice chases of the season proved to be an anti-climax however as the well-backed favourite Tell Massini took a slithering fall at the cross-fence.

Tom George's gelding was still in contention at the time and sadly the promising former point-to-pointer had to be put down by the racecourse vet.

Voramar Two (8-1) ran on well for second place although the winning distance of 17 lengths could have been far greater had the winner not been eased down late on.

Be There In Five never looked like featuring, whilst Swincombe Rock made a bad mistake at the first fence before jumping wildly to his right throughout, in the process losing any chance he may have had.

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