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  • 16:10 Better Prices On Betfair Mobile Novices' Chase3m

  • £12,500 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £8,122 2nd £2,385 3rd £1,192 4th £596
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 21.90s
  • Off time: 16:10:27
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Unioniste scrambled home in a thrilling Novice's chase at Newbury

Last Updated: 09/02/13 5:42pm

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Unioniste: Narrow winner

Unioniste: Narrow winner

Unioniste scrambled home from Hadrian's Approach in a thrilling Novice's chase at Newbury.

Paul Nicholls' grey was sent off as an odds-on favourite for the Better Prices On Betfair Mobile Novices' Chase having won at Cheltenham and Aintree earlier in the season, but he was made to pull out all the stops as Nicky Henderson's six-year-old thrust at him in the shadows of the post.

The runner-up looked held having made a momentum stopping mistake at the second last, but he gave willingly for Barry Geraghty, and having had to be switched around the elbow on the run in, he found the line coming all too soon.

A relieved Nicholls said: "He idles and I knew he'd need a stronger pace and bigger field. If there's a race for him at Cheltenham, the RSA would probably be the one. I don't think he'd be quick enough for the Jewson."

Sky Bet are unchanged about their quote of 8/1 about the winner in the RSA Chase but the second has been closed down into 10/1 (from 20/1) to gain his revenge at Prestbury Park.

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