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  • 15:00 Betfair Super Saturday Chase 2m 1f

  • (Registered As The Game Spirit Chase) (Grade 2) £45,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £25,628 2nd £9,616 3rd £4,815 4th £2,398
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 18.40s
  • Off time: 15:00:12

Wishfull Thinking outstayed his rivals at Newbury in their Grade 2 showpiece

Last Updated: 09/02/13 5:20pm

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Wishfull Thinking: Grade 2 success at Newbury

Wishfull Thinking: Grade 2 success at Newbury

Wishfull Thinking outstayed his rivals in the Grade 2 Betfair Super Saturday Chase at Newbury.

Philip Hobbs' ten-year-old has had his critics in the past but he was on his best behaviour as Richard Johnson delivered him fast and late to land the spoils.

Six lined up for the prize and none could be discounted as they entered the home turn.

French Opera looked likely to follow up his 2010 success in the race under a confident from Barry Geraghty, but having seen off the Paul Nicholls pair of Shooters Wood and Edgardo Sol, he has readily overhauled by the winner.

Trainer Philip Hobbs said: "It was a good job it was two-miles-one and not two miles, as he kept going and going.

"It was worrying how quickly he stopped at Kempton last time, it might have been something to do with his wind, but he did that well today.

Sky Bet clipped Wishfull Thinking into 20/1 (from 25/1) for Ryanair Chase.

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