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  • 14:30 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase3m 7f

  • £35,000 added 5yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £21,896 2nd £6,468 3rd £3,234 4th £1,617
  • Going: Heavy (Soft in places; Cross Country: Soft, Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 9m 15.80s
  • Off time: 14:30:22

Outlaw Pete rides into town

Last Updated: 14/12/12 4:31pm

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Outlaw Pete (centre) makes his challenge under Josh Halley

Outlaw Pete (centre) makes his challenge under Josh Halley

Outlaw Pete built upon the promise of his debut over Cheltenham's cross-country course to take the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase on the opening day of Cheltenham's International meeting.

The 7/2 chance justified strong market support in the final minutes before the race to score by seven lengths under amateur rider Josh Halley.

However as if often the case in these contests, the race wasn't without its share of drama as favourite Uncle Junior and the well-fancied Arabella Boy both crashed out at the replica Canal Turn when the pair were travelling strongly and looking live contenders.

Bostons Angel (7/1) kept on for second place, just ahead of outsider Leac An Scail.

The McManus colours were in the winner's enclosure again little more than half an hour later when At Fishers Cross took the Citipost Handicap Hurdle under AP McCoy, who had made the journey to Cheltenham after riding in the opener at Bangor-on-Dee.

Winning trainer John Halley said: "Other fellows play golf for fun, we do point-to-pointing.

"This is the only track, isn't it? It's wonderful to have a winner here and we're very grateful to JP for letting us keep him.

"He ran well here at the last meeting (third) and he loved the track and conditions. Conditions won't be the same in March, but God willing, we'll be back."

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