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  • 12:40 Novices' Chase2m

  • £4,100 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £2,667 2nd £783 3rd £392 4th £196
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 18.30s
  • Off time: 12:40:18

Hold Fast Wrings the Bell

Surprise result in opening Southwell contest

Last Updated: 05/01/11 1:34pm

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Howard Johnson: Sprang a Southwell surprise with Hold Fast

Howard Johnson: Sprang a Southwell surprise with Hold Fast

Howard Johnson's Hold Fast turned over long odds-on favourite Bellvano in the Novices' Chase at Southwell.

Bellvano was sent off the 1-5 favourite for his eagerly-anticipated introduction to fences and travelled well for much of the contest under Tony McCoy.

However whilst Hold Fast (6-1) and Brian Hughes appeared to be at the market leader's mercy rounding the turn for home, Bellvano pecked on landing when jumping the second last, giving Hold Fast a chance to renew his challenge.

The two of them had a real set-to in the closing 100 yards but it was Howard Johnson's gelding who took the race by a neck.

"I just wanted to get my lad jumping to start with but once they stopped in front, I took it up with a circuit to run as he's a horse who stays further," said Hughes.

"He jumped great down the back and in the straight I could hear Bellvano coming, but in fairness, my little horse stuck his head out and Bellvano couldn't get by him."

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