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  • 13:55 Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National 4m

  • (Handicap Chase) £26,000 added 5yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £16,266 2nd £4,805 3rd £2,402 4th £1,201
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 8m 21.80s
  • Off time: 13:55:33

Royale Knight won the Borders National at Kelso under Sam Twiston-Davies

Last Updated: 08/12/13 5:57pm

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Sam Twiston-Davies: Rode Royale Knight

Sam Twiston-Davies: Rode Royale Knight

Richard Newland's Royale Knight ran out an easy winner of the Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National at Kelso.

Ridden confidently just behind the pace in the four-mile marathon, the seven-year-old travelled like a dream throughout for Sam Twiston-Davies.

For a long way Harriet Graham's Scotswell jumped for fun at the head of affairs and looked in a great rhythm for James Reveley but he had no answer to Royale Knight, who eased past to win by six lengths at 6/1.

Top weight Imperial Vic ran a sound race for one so inexperienced, finishing another nine lengths away in third.

Newland, who had also struck at the Borders track with Royale Knight over 3m 2f in the spring, said: "We've had this race in mind for him for some time. He was getting outpaced over three miles so I thought four miles would suit better.

"He's been a sensational horse for us as he has now won seven races including this decent prize."

Twiston-Davies, fresh from a double at Aintree 24 hours earlier, added: "I won on him here back in May and he won fairly easily that day as well. He's a lovely horse to ride and everything went pretty straightforward.

"Richard rang me up to make sure I was free to ride him and it's a good piece of race-planning. He has kept me busy during the summer and really helped kick-start my season."

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