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  • 14:55 Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle 2m 110y

  • (Registered As The Sharp Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £21,500 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £12,244 2nd £4,595 3rd £2,300 4th £1,146
  • Going: Good; Cross Country Firm-Good to Firm in plcs.
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 3m 59.50s
  • Off time: 14:55:59

No tragedy for Steps backers

Freedom fights for win

Last Updated: 11/11/11 5:00pm

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Steps To Freedom (left) is still unbeaten over hurdles

Steps To Freedom (left) is still unbeaten over hurdles

Steps To Freedom (11-8 favourite) edged out Prospect Wells in the Grade 2 Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle (registered as the Sharp Novices' Hurdle) at Cheltenham on Friday.

The duo saw off the challenge of Ericht up the hill and and it was the Jessica Harrington-trained five-year-old who stuck his neck out where it mattered to land the spoils.

That was the distance back to Prospect Wells in second who was two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Nicky Henderson's Ericht in third.

Winning jockey Robbie Power said of the winner: "He's a very, very good horse and he wants a stronger gallop than that. He stays well."

"I was pleased with him, maybe he could have won it a little bit easier but he had to battle hard," Harrington said.

Sky Bet go 10-1 about the winner for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for which Prospect Wells is a 14-1 chance.

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