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  • 14:05 European Breeders' Fund William Hill 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final 2m 4f

  • (Grade 3) £60,000 added 4-7yo 16 ran
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 1.76s
  • Off time: 14:05:09

Brave Vic was a surprise winner of the EBF Final at Sandown

Last Updated: 08/03/14 2:48pm

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Brave Vic and Josh Moore lead the field over the last

Brave Vic and Josh Moore lead the field over the last

Brave Vic was a ready winner of the European Breeders' Fund William Hill 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final for Gary and Josh Moore.

The hugely competitive two and a half mile handicap was run at a good pace with Classic Move setting out to make all the running but Donald McCain's runner was soon swamped in the home straight.

Moore had moved his six-year-old to the fore of those tracking the leader on the far side and was always well placed in the Grade Three contest.

Saffron Wells and the well backed Brother Brian briefly moved into threatening positions but never looked like getting to the son of Old Vic who scored by three and a half lengths at 20/1.

Saffron Wells finished second with the prominent racing Doctor Harper running a big race under top-weight to finish third with Brother Brian in fourth.

Brave Vic was the only maiden in the 16 strong field and his trainer admitted: "That was a nice way to break his maiden. He's a horse we've always liked a lot but he's disappointed up to now.

"He wasn't getting home on a couple of occasions and I didn't exactly fill Joshua with any confidence beforehand. I really came here to see if he was well handicapped or not. But Joshua said he got him into a nice rhythm and he really enjoyed the track.

"He's pretty ground-dependent. I will try to find a small novice hurdle for him before the end of the season and then put him away.

"He's not an overly-big horse, but he jumps really well and should make a really nice chaser next season.

"I always felt he was a three-miler, but two and a half miles looks to be his trip, because he wasn't slow today."

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