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Betfair Cash Out Novices' Chase 2m 7f

  • (4yo+, 2m 7f, Class 2, 4 runners)
  • Winner £16,245 2nd £4,770 3rd £2,385 4th £1,192
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 56.60s
  • Off time: 14:30:26
Full result
Result 14:30 Haydock Park
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Black Thunder 11/4
  • Last Updated: November 21 2013, 13:23 GMT

Emma Lavelle is out to continue her golden start to the season with Shotgun Paddy in what looks an informative four-runner Betfair Cash Out Novices' Chase at Haydock on Friday.

Emma Lavelle: Hoping hot streak can continue at Haydock
Emma Lavelle: Hoping hot streak can continue at Haydock

The six-year-old was decent over timber and finished third in a Grade Two last season behind Two Rockers when the stable were not firing.

With the yard enjoying a fruitful start to the campaign Shotgun Paddy won first time out this season, leaving the highly-regarded Just A Par trailing in his wake.

"We were really pleased and we think he'll have come on for the run," said Dan Downie, racing manager for the owners, Axom.

"He's a difficult horse to assess at home as he certainly saves his best for the track, it's fair to say he doesn't put himself out at home.

"The runner-up last time has form in a Grade One and ours jumped accurately and loved the ground.

"He will need to improve tomorrow, and we'd prefer a bit more rain but it's certainly not a reason to pull him out. He's in good form, schooled well this morning and the yard is flying.

"We've always viewed him as a horse unlikely to run at Cheltenham and Aintree as the ground would be too quick, so the dream would be a Welsh National, I suppose."

Many Clouds earned plenty of plaudits for his chasing debut up at Carlisle, putting in a faultless display and beating Cheltenham Festival winner Holywell in the process.

Trainer Oliver Sherwood had intended to wait a week and run him at Newbury's Hennessy meeting but he is in such good heart the aim is to strike while the iron is hot.

"He's going up in grade so you expect the competition to be hot," said Sherwood.

"We'll find out where we are after this, that is for sure. He came out of his race at Carlisle better than I'd anticipated as originally I thought he'd need another week but as it's Mr Hemmings' (owner) local track this seemed the right race.

"We're giving weight to Donald's (McCain) horse Up And Go, who beat us over hurdles at Wetherby, so it will be interesting.

"The ground will be no problem at all and this will be a learning curve. Win, lose or draw the main thing is that he comes back in one piece."

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