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  • 14:25 totepool Challengers Novices' Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • (Registered As The Scilly Isles Novices' Chase) (Grade 1) £37,000 added 5yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £21,094 2nd £7,914 3rd £3,963 4th £1,976
  • Going: Good,Good to Soft and Good to firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 9.70s
  • Off time: 14:29:38

Scilly win for Medermit

Gallant grey puts in super display

Last Updated: 05/02/11 6:00pm

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Medermit: Excellent display

Medermit: Excellent display

Alan King's Medermit landed the Grade One totepool Challengers Novices' Chase (Scilly Isles Chase) at Sandown on Saturday.

The 5-2 favourite travelled well throughout and took advantage of a mistake two out by Mr Gardner to take a definite lead.

Medermit took another step forwards on his embryonic chasing career over this extended two-and-a-half-mile trip and was already en-route to an impressive victory by the Pond Fence.

It was only on the gruelling uphill run-in that Medermit began to lose his momentum as Captain Chris closed to half a length but connections will not yet commit themselves to a Cheltenham Festival target.

Trainer Alan King said: "Choc (Thornton) said he got there too soon and he just idled. You've got to be able to get the trip for the Arkle and this was the ideal preparation, but I'm not committing him to anything at the moment.

"I don't want to say something and change my mind but I'm very happy - I haven't won a Grade One for about two years, after all."

Sky Bet cut Medermit to 6-1 from 10-1 for both the Arkle and the Jewson Novices' Chases.

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