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  • Monbeg Dude Excels In The Mud

Henrietta Knight Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 3f 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 3f 110y, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665 5th £1,340 6th £670
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 39.90s
  • Off time: 13:55:25
  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 14:35 GMT

Bottom-weight Monbeg Dude sprang a 25/1 surprise in the Henrietta Knight Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Jamie Moore: Great ride on Monbeg Dude
Jamie Moore: Great ride on Monbeg Dude

Having been held up by Jamie Moore for much of the 3m 3f contest, the Michael Scudamore-trained seven-year-old moved through to challenge for the lead turning for home.

The well-backed 9/2 favourite Bradley was unwilling to give in under Paddy Brennan, but could find no more close home and went down by a neck.

"I know it's not like the Festival, but having a winner here means a lot," said Scudamore.

"I wanted to run him at Wetherby but the owners wanted to come here for a day out, and full credit to them.

"He stays and loves soft ground. Long-term he could be a Welsh National horse, but whether he's ready for that just yet, I'm not sure."

Third was Nigel Twiston-Davies' Viking Blond (8/1) who made most of the running in testing conditions, whilst Martin Keighley's Any Currency (14/1) was fourth.

Last-year's winner Galaxy Rock weakened quickly with nearly a mile to run, whilst David Pipe's Problema Tic travelled powerfully on his reappearance but a bad mistake late on took the wind out of his sails.


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