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  • 15:15 Eider 4m 1f

  • (Handicap Chase) £30,000 added 5yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £18,666 2nd £5,523 3rd £2,760 4th £1,380
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 9m 30.69s
  • Off time: 15:21:25

Brave Companero Eider hero

Johnson ace runs rivals ragged

Last Updated: 26/02/11 3:57pm

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Johnson: On target in the Eider Chase

Johnson: On target in the Eider Chase

Howard Johnson's Companero (16-1) came out on top after a stamina-sapping renewal of the Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle.

The 11-year-old, revitalised in first-time blinkers, was never headed in the four-mile-one-furlong contest, run in desperately heavy ground.

Having jumped for fun under Peter Buchanan, he saw off the challenge of Giles Cross before the third-last and despite barely being able to clamber over the final fence, claimed the near £19,000 first prize by 30 lengths. Morgan Be was the only other finisher.

The likes of Minella Boys and Comply Or Die all looked threatening at one stage but were pulled up in the very heavy ground.

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