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  • 14:05 Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) £40,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £23,776 2nd £8,904 3rd £4,448 4th £2,220
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 10.50s
  • Off time: 14:05:37

Rajdhani Express ran out a wide margin winner at Ayr

Last Updated: 20/04/13 3:01pm

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Changing Times unseats Sam Twiston-Davies at the final fence

Changing Times unseats Sam Twiston-Davies at the final fence

Rajdhani Express (3/1) ran out a wide margin winner of the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr.

The Nicky Henderson trained six-year-old took his third race of the campaign under Robert Waley-Cohen though some may consider him to be a fortuitous winner of this prize as Changing Times looked to be holding the initiative when unseating Sam Twiston-Davies at the last.

In fairness to the winner, however, his jumping was exemplary throughout and having travelled handily, he worked hard to see off the attentions of the pacesetting pair of Drumshambo and Rebel Rebellion before knuckling down to battle as he faced any number of challenges on the run in .

The well-backed Tap Night (6/4 fav) had been content to sit off the pace and Barry Geraghty gradually allowed him to creep closer but having made his way into contention with three to jump, he found disappointingly little when asked for his effort.

Waley-Cohen said: "I think it was going to be a real race. Coming to the last it was a question of who jumped it better.

"Once he landed he was running well, but the other horse was as well, so it would have been close.

"He's been a real superstar for us. We bred him at home and he's such a pleasure to ride. He jumps almost like no horse I've ever ridden. He's not the biggest but he's got such a lot of scope."

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