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  • 14:30 John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade 2) £75,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £42,758 2nd £16,042 3rd £8,032 4th £4,005
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 20.20s
  • Off time: 14:30:13

Quito De La Roque battles home

Murphy charge wins eventful contest

Last Updated: 08/04/11 6:06pm

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Quito De La Roque: Battled to victory

Quito De La Roque: Battled to victory

Quito De La Roque (6-1) battled to victory in the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree.

In an eventful contest the seven-year-old recovered after pecking on landing at the second last to peg back 50-1 outsider Sarando on the run-in.

Golan Way (8-1) was a further two-and-three-quarter-lengths back in third.

Tough

Winning jockey Davy Russell said: "He's tough work and an idle old devil, but every time I ask him, he almost tries too hard.

"When I gave him a squeeze to jump, he over-jumps like he did at the second-last but he landed and gathered himself together and tried again for me.

"There was no point in anybody saying whether he would or wouldn't go on better ground, because we didn't know.

"We weren't sure he'd handle the undulations of Cheltenham, so we decided to come here and he was always going to try better ground once."

Character

Winning trainer Colm Murphy added: "He was obviously unknown on a bit of nicer ground but unfortunately the whole winter we had no choice but to run him on heavy.

"All credit to Davy and all credit to the horse. All the horse wants to do is gallop and try for you.

"He'll pull himself up and he's a bit of a character, but he has a big engine and he'll keep digging.

"I'm not sure where we'll go next with him, but he's one to look forward to for next year. We'll dream away for the summer."

Brave

Paul Webber said of Sarando: "He's run his best race ever today - he was so game. Being a Hernando we thought he wanted soft ground but we seem to have got it wrong, as it was quick today. Punchestown is very much on our mind."

Sheena West said of Golan Way: "He made a couple of mistakes and got beaten but he certainly wasn't disgraced.

"In a couple of years down the line I'd love to think he could be a National horse.

"It might be a bit ambitious but he's certainly proved he can stay. He had January and February off and came straight for this, so I've always thought he could go to Punchestown as well."

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