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William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f

  • (4yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132 5th £1,072 6th £536
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 13:45:19
  • Last Updated: December 26 2013, 17:13 GMT

Cloudy Too was a clear-cut winner of the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby for Jonathan England and Sue Smith.

Cloudy Too: Impressive winner at Wetherby
Cloudy Too: Impressive winner at Wetherby

The 11/4 chance was content to track leader Sydney Paget for much of the contest but took a definite lead turning for home for the final time.

With the trailblazer beating a tame retreat it was left to Tullamore Dew (8/1) and Cape Tribulation (6/1) to try to lay down a challenge but neither could land a telling blow as Cloudy Too galloped on strongly to score by ten lengths.

Tullamore Dew got the better of last year's winner in the battle for the forecast spot while Junior finished with great effect to claim fourth.

Last year's Crabbie's Grand National winner Aurora's Encore briefly looked a threat going down the back straight for the final time but tired into fifth on his reappearance.

There was a sting in the tail for England, who was banned for two days (January 9 and 10) for using his whip from the final fence when clearly winning the race.

Wilson Renwick was taken to hospital in Harrogate with an arm injury following a fall from Shadows Lengthen in the William Hill - No. 1 Downloaded Betting App Handicap Chase.

"He's got a suspected fractured arm. He's gone to hospital to be assessed," said Wetherby clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson.

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