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  • 15:40 Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase3m 2f 110y

  • £50,000 added 5yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £31,280 2nd £9,240 3rd £4,620 4th £2,310
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 21.40s
  • Off time: 15:40:17

On the National Road

Sheppard shows National ambition

Last Updated: 24/03/12 5:41pm

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Ikorodu Road: Outstayed his rivals

Ikorodu Road: Outstayed his rivals

Ikorodu Road could now have his sights set on the Scottish Grand National after winning his second big prize of the season at Newbury.

Matt Sheppard's stable star had won the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster last time out and this win boosted the chances of Junior at Aintree as he was only a short-head behind him on Town Moor.

Sent off at 4-1 in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase, the nine-year-old showed reservoirs of stamina to beat the staying-on Ouzbeck by four and a half lengths.

Favourite Mon Parrain travelled supremely well through the race, as is his wont, but not for the first time seemed to empty as soon as Ruby Walsh asked him for his effort.

Act Together

Sheppard said: "He didn't start out the season impressively but he's really got his act together now. The further he goes, the better he goes.

"Charlie Poste gets on well with him as he really needs quite a bit of driving and he never gives up.

"He has been beaten a few short-heads in the past but he now looks very determined, he won quite comfortably today and broke the track record. Fast ground will never stop him.

"I've never been more confident this horse was going to win in my life. Just the way he's been since he won at Doncaster, I've been so happy with him.

"Hopefully he'll go to the Scottish Grand National next - he needs four miles."

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