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  • Carberrys A Cool Dude

Coral Welsh National (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 3m 5f 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 5f 110y, Class 1, 17 runners)
  • Winner £51,255 2nd £19,233 3rd £9,630 4th £4,797 5th £2,412 6th £1,206
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 56.10s
  • Off time: 15:21:11
  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 17:18 GMT

Monbeg Dude (10/1) received a trademark ice cool ride from Paul Carberry to win the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.

Monbeg Dude (l): Tackles Teaforthree at the last
Monbeg Dude (l): Tackles Teaforthree at the last

The Michael Scudamore trained eight year old was held-up in rear for the majority of the extended three miles and five furlong contest by Carberry who was booked for the ride after Jamie Moore was unable to take the mount due to commitments elsewhere.

In contrast favourite Teaforthree was up with the pace throughout but looked booked for third turning in as Triggerman and Giles Cross still appeared to be going well.

However, they had been racing from some way out and unfortunately Giles Cross went wrong and was pulled up.

Monbeg Dude was still around 10 lengths down on the leading pair in the straight with Carberry motionless in the saddle but the experienced pilot didn't panic and produced his mount with perfect timing.

The well-backed favourite Teaforthree tried hard to battle back under Tony McCoy having been joined at the last but the concession of 16lbs to his rival proved too much as he succumbed by just half a length.

It was 11 lengths back to Triggerman in third with Arbor Supreme in fourth.

Carberry said: "Tom Scudamore said to me I'd love him and to ride him like a non-trier and to just drop him in.

"I took a while to get the keenness out of him then he started jumping well.

"When I pulled him out I knew I had a good chance with four or five fences left.

"In fairness I probably got there a bit soon but he kept going to the line, he gave me a great spin.

"It's my second ride for Michael, I got the call on Thursday. I haven't had the opportunity to win this so it was about time I took it. This is great.

"I thought we were going a bit slow but the rest were off the bridle."

Scudamore, who is only based some 40 minutes away from the Monmouthshire track, said: "We only knew on Thursday that Paul was going to ride him as that was when we heard Jamie Moore had to go to Sandown.

"There was a question of where we would go after he won at Cheltenham, my dad (Peter Scudamore) and all the owners wanted to come here, but I wanted to go back to Cheltenham on New Year's Day as I thought this might be too big an ask for the horse.

"It was an interesting discussion but dad said we were going to the Welsh National, that there was only one place to go and obviously I'm delighted we did."

Tony McCoy was complimentary about the Rebecca Curtis-trained runner-up, saying: "He ran well and did everything right".

Richard Johnson said of the third Triggerman: "I was getting excited turning in as I knew we were getting plenty of weight from Teaforthree. I'm sure this horse can pick up a decent long-distance chase in the spring."

The winner was given a quote of 33/1 to enjoy further National success at Aintree in April but Sky Bet were more impressed with Teaforthree who was priced at just 16/1 for Aintree glory.

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