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Huntingdon

  • 13:00 Betfred TV EBF Stallions/TBA Mares' Novices' Chase2m 4f 110y

  • £7,500 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £4,874 2nd £1,431 3rd £716 4th £358
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 9.90s
  • Off time: 13:00:50

Une Artiste wins for Henderson on second chase start

Last Updated: 12/12/13 2:28pm

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Une Artiste on her way to a cosy victory at Huntingdon

Une Artiste on her way to a cosy victory at Huntingdon

Une Artiste's career over fences was back on the right track after Huntingdon's Mares' Novices' Chase.

A 40/1 winner of the 2012 Fred Winter, she had reached solid Listed level over hurdles last term but did not exactly convince when beaten on her chase debut at Plumpton earlier this month.

Sent off the 8/15 favourite, Une Artiste was accompanied throughout by market rival Baby Shine and required some intervention from jockey Barry Geraghty before taking command in the home straight to score by two and a half lengths.

Trainer Nicky Henderson said: "She learned a lot from Plumpton, although I think you'll find the horse that beat her there is quite good. She's not the biggest, but she was very tidy today.

"I suppose the final of this would be the plan, but it's a handicap and we always seem to end up top weight."

Geraghty added: "I'd imagine the plan is to take small steps for the time being before throwing her in to something deeper, as she isn't that big.

"But she was a good bit straighter than at Plumpton today and she jumped very well."

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