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Kempton Park

  • 15:00 Racing Post Chase 3m

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £100,000 added 5yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £57,010 2nd £21,390 3rd £10,710 4th £5,340
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft on bend adjacent to lake)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 11.80s
  • Off time: 15:04:09

Quinz Posts victory

Hobbs amazed by latest win

Last Updated: 26/02/11 3:44pm

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Quinz: Brave win after major scare in Racing Post Chase

Quinz: Brave win after major scare in Racing Post Chase

Quinz (8-1) was a gallant winner of the Racing Post Chase at Kempton.

Richard Johnson tracked the frantic early pace set by Safari Adventures and went to the front down the back straight for the final time.

Nacarat followed him into the home straight but was anchored by his big weight between the final two fences as Mount Oscar stayed on to challenge.

For a stride or two the 50-1 outsider looked set to score for Aidan Coleman but Quinz, giving Philip Hobbs a fourth win in the race, found plenty for pressure to score by a length-and-a-quarter.

It was eight lengths back to the gallant Nacarat in third with Hey Big Spender (12-1) fourth.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 10s from 14s for the Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Maturing fast

Johnson said: "He's really grown up and learnt a lot. It's a very good effort to win a big handicap like this as a novice.

"He went chasing last year but I don't think he was mentally ready. They have done a great job with him and brought him along slowly."

National dilemma

Hobbs said: "It's amazing really because last year he ran in two novice chases at Newbury and his jumping was moderate, but he is a different horse now.

"He is in the Grand National - Richard's initial reaction was that it's not a good idea but he would get in without a penalty and he'll never get to run off a weight like that again.

"We haven't put him in at Cheltenham as we are not sure it is a track that suits him."

He added: "It's just coincidence our record in this race and having the right kind of horse for it, nothing more than that."

Mount Oscar traded at 1-10 in-running at one stage on Betfair, and his trainer Colin Tizzard said: "He made a terrible mistake down the back and must have made up at least 12 lengths.

"It was always the plan to come from the back, but I didn't think it would be from that far."

Nacarat's trainer Tom George said: "I am thrilled with that run, it was just a combination of a big weight and the rain that got to him. I am very proud of him and he will go straight to Aintree now (totesport Bowl)."

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