Chepstow victory for veteran Gunner

  • Last Updated: March 21 2013, 18:05 GMT

Richard Lee's patient approach yields incredible longevity from his chasers and Victory Gunner brought the house down by winning at Chepstow at the age of 15.

Richard Lee: Delighted for Victory Gunner

Jake Greenall seems to gel with the old hands from Lee's Herefordshire stable, as he also managed to get a victory out of the identically-aged Marked Man at Towcester 2011.

On a typically exhausting surface at the South Wales course, Victory Gunner galloped away like a youngster in the Bath Marquees Handicap Chase to finish 10 lengths clear at 16-1.

"It takes a serious amount of ability to keep these old horses loving the game, but he kept going and kept going," said Greenall.

While sprightly compared with Sonny Somers, who won at 18 back in 1980, this was another feather in Lee's cap.

He said: "That's great for the old boy. For all his miles on the clock, he's a very sound and sweet-natured horse. No-one's told him he's 15.

"Tom was never going to break the speeding record on him, but he keeps going when others have cried enough. It's all about keeping them sweet."

Flora Lea made a mistake at the last but scrambled home by a short-head to cause a 66-1 upset for Andrew Price and rider Robbie Dunne in the Weatherbys Bank Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

"It was a bit of a surprise, but she's well-bred and should be able to gallop a bit," Price told At The Races. "You'd say she wants three miles and will go chasing as well."

When Sophie Leech pulled out Shoulda, jockey Paul Moloney jumped aboard Nicene Creed (7-2) to shade an all-out finish for the Handicap Hurdle.

"I feel sorry for Donal Fahy, who was to ride him, but the ground was too soft for the other horse and Paul is the stable jockey," said Leech.

"Nicene Creed cost a lot as a young horse but we paid three grand for him, so that tells its own story as he has had a lot of problems."

Nico de Boinville continued to demonstrate his expertise aboard 5-2 favourite Super Villain in the SIS Live Handicap Hurdle while Seamus Mullins' good run continued with Time To Think (7-2) in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap Chase.

Jason Maguire's only ride, Tonvadosa (5-2) won the 32Red Casino mares' bumper.

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