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  • 14:20 Scottish Sun Future Champion Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) £30,000 added 5yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £17,103 2nd £6,417 3rd £3,213 4th £1,602
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 58.10s
  • Off time: 14:20:19

Gilbarry just Champion

Jefferson charge resumes upward curve

Last Updated: 16/04/11 2:48pm

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Graham Lee: Rode the winner

Graham Lee: Rode the winner

Malcolm Jefferson's Gilbarry (8-1) was an impressive winner of the Scottish Sun Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr.

The six-year-old was outclassed behind Finian's Rainbow at Aintree last week but bounced back on just his fourth start over fences to win by 16 lengths.

James Moffatt's Sam Lord (22-1) chased him home after Stagecoach Pearl fell at the last when looking a well-held second.

5-2 favourite Giorgio Quercus made mistakes and was well beaten and the same comments could be applied to Premier Sagas.

"He's had very little experience because he doesn't like heavy ground and we've kept him until the suitable ground came along," said Jefferson.

"The two miles at Aintree last week was too short, in fact I think he'll get three miles, and I suggested to his owners that if he came out of Aintree OK, we'd run here.

"He may run again this season, but there's not a lot left for him really. There are a couple of intermediate races of Perth that might suit him, although I don't want to go over three miles yet.

"He's got the size and scope, but I like my horses to do the talking."

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