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  • 13:30 Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase2m 5f

  • £25,000 added 5yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 24.50s
  • Off time: 13:31:05

Bless The Wings bounds clear

Jumping wins the day for springheeled Wings

Last Updated: 28/01/12 1:57pm

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Bless The Wings: His jumping won the day

Bless The Wings: His jumping won the day

Bless The Wings (13-2) put in a fine round of jumping to win the Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase.

The seven-year-old was giving Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson a double after the earlier success of Grumeti and the key to his victory was his excellent fencing technique.

While there were casualties at the fourth and third last fences, Bless The Wings travelled strongly into the race and forged ahead after two out.

Another fine leap at the last sealed victory as he kept on powerfully up the hill to beat Lexicon Lad by two and a half lengths.

Pentiffic took third while Charminster overcame a handful of mistakes himself for a gutsy fourth place.

Hutchinson said: "It's a great start to the day and he's surprised me. "I gave him plenty of light and he loved it out there and I was surprised how well he travelled through the race.

"His jumping for a novice was excellent, you won't see a novice jump better."

King added; "He's very progressive, I thought he'd run a solid race but you won't see many novices jump round here better.

"The Cheltenham Novices' Chase (formerly Centenary) might be the race for him in March and whether he runs again, I'm not sure."

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