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  • Module Stars in Halloween

Betfred 'The Bonus King' Novices' Chase (For The Hallowe'en Trophy) 2m 2f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 2f 110y, Class 3, 5 runners)
  • Winner £7,148 2nd £2,099 3rd £1,049 4th £525
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 11.20s
  • Off time: 13:36:17
  • Last Updated: January 7 2013, 13:25 GMT

The well-backed Module (7/2) ran out an impressive winner of the Betfred 'The Bonus King' Novices' Chase at Newbury.

Module: Looks a smart recruit to chasing
Module: Looks a smart recruit to chasing

The Tom George-trained winner had travelled notably well until falling on his chasing bow at Exeter in a well-contested heat and made amends in smooth fashion to lift The Hallowe'en Trophy.

There were several notable errors from all of the five runners with Paddy Brennan doing well to keep the partnership with the eventual winner intact on the far side.

The favourite, Bury Parade, jumped out to his right on a number of occasions and, although he kept on willingly, the writing was on the wall halfway down the home straight.

Brennan afforded himself the luxury of a look over his shoulder approaching the last and he saw Tony McCoy in hot pursuit aboard Colour Squadron.

It was remarkable that the pair were still in the race at all as McCoy's saddle had slipped a long way from home but he had safely negotiated four fences and put his mount into contention.

He conjured a good leap from Colour Squadron at the last but Module had jumped equally well and kept on strongly to score by six lengths.

George said: "He is a good jumper but has been unlucky - Paddy Brennan said he would have won on the bridle at Exeter. There's no great plan, but we'll find him another race somewhere now."

Diana Hobbs, representing her father and Colour Squadron's trainer Philip, said: "Unfortunately the saddle slipped, these things happen but it's not good when you have the 'champ' up. I'm sure he would have finished closer otherwise."


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