Deputy Dan in charge at Chepstow

  • Last Updated: December 28 2013, 16:32 GMT

A review of the rest of the action from Chepstow on Welsh National day, where Deputy Dan scored for Oliver Sherwood.

Deputy Dan jumps the last en-route to victory at Chepstow
Deputy Dan jumps the last en-route to victory at Chepstow

Deputy Dan flew the last to run out a wide-margin winner of the opening Download The Coral Mobile App Maiden Hurdle.

Oliver Sherwood's 10/11 favourite, who carries the same Syder colours as sidelined stable star Puffin Billy, had finished second to ready Wincanton winner Champagne West at Warwick last time.

Leighton Aspell always looked comfortable aboard Deputy Dan down the long home straight and pushed him 19 lengths clear after a fine jump at the last.

"The horse who beat him won well on Boxing Day so the form was there," said Aspell.

"He's green and needs the races but if you can find some soft ground in the spring, he's a Graded class horse."

Along with the big race, there was further Welsh success on Chepstow's biggest day of the year with a family affair for the Llewellyns in the coral.co.uk Best Price Guaranteed On Horse Racing Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

Trained near Bargoed by Bernard Llewellyn and ridden by his grandson Robert Williams, Hansupfordetroit (7/2) built upon three solid efforts at Ffos Las as he forged clear.

He got a little tired at the last but held on by a length and a half from 3/1 favourite Seven Woods.

"He would have won at Ffos Las but for making mistakes but thankfully he didn't go up another 1lb as he wouldn't have got in here," said the trainer's son and assistant, John.

"He'll get up in the 130s and will be a Welsh National horse next year."

Another Welsh winner was to follow via the determined Awaywiththegreys (12/1) for Haverfordwest-based Peter Bowen in the Coral Spin Casino For iPad Handicap Hurdle.

Ugly Bug cut out all the donkey work and a success for Seamus Mullins' runner would have been no less deserved, but Jamie Moore and Awaywiththegreys had just an ounce more to offer and beat him by a neck.

Bowen's wife Karen said: "He had been running quite well but we knew he would like this ground and the track as he had won here before.

"We were quietly confident but it's brilliant to have a winner here today."

Renard (7/1) lifted the coral.co.uk Money Back If Your Horse Falls Handicap Chase for in-form Venetia Williams.

Justanother Muddle (25/1) lasted home under an inspired Marc Goldstein in the Coral Backing "Macmillan Cancer Support" bumper.


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