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Ascot

  • 15:00 williamhill.com Handicap Hurdle 2m

  • (Listed) £50,000 added 4yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £28,135 2nd £10,600 3rd £5,305 4th £2,650
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 36.70s
  • Off time: 15:01:54

Brampour bounces back

Brampour returns to form to complete double for Nicholls

Last Updated: 29/10/11 3:48pm

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Via Galilei and Brampour fight out the finish

Via Galilei and Brampour fight out the finish

Brampour made a winning seasonal return in the williamhill.com Handicap Hurdle at Ascot.

Trained by Paul Nicholls, the four year-old was favourite for the Triumph Hurdle before he'd jumped an obstacle in public but his season tailed off with heavy defeats in the Festival contest and in a Grade Two at Aintree won by the re-opposing Topolski.

Settled in midfield by young amateur Harry Derham (a nephew of the trainer), he moved into contention at the second last with half a dozen of the 13 strong field still travelling strongly.

Brampour pulled clear with the well-backed Via Galilei between the final two flights and jumped the last together.

Gary Moore's runner looked to be getting the better of the battle only for Brampour to find more on the run to the line and prevail by half a length.

The pair finished seven lengths clear of A Media Luz who didn't find as much as promised having travelled strongly into the straight.

Unbelievable

"Brilliant, I can't believe it," Derham said.

"He's a good horse and made it easy for me. He kept galloping and picking up for me.

"It's a dream come true."

Nicholls added: "I told him how lucky he was. I wasn't good enough to lead up a horse at Ascot at his age, let alone ride one.

"He gave him a peach of ride. He listened to me, Dan (Skelton, trainer's assistant) and Ruby (Walsh).

"He's a good lad and it's good for the owners. They have been really patient with the horse."

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