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  • Relax Its Williams And Coleman Again

Betfred Masters Handicap Chase 3m 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 110y, Class 2, 10 runners)
  • Winner £31,280 2nd £9,240 3rd £4,620 4th £2,310 5th £1,155 6th £580
  • Going: Heavy (Back Straight,Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 51.30s
  • Off time: 15:35:15
  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 16:03 GMT

Relax completed a treble for his trainer and jockey in the Betfred Masters Handicap Chase at Sandown.

Relax edges ahead of Ardkilly Witness
Relax edges ahead of Ardkilly Witness

Venetia Williams and Aidan Coleman had already struck with Saroque and Aachen at the Esher venue while Williams had sent out Emperor's Choice to win the feature at Ffos Las.

The extended three mile contest was run at a good pace and it was hard work for those still left involved in a slow motion finish but the 9/1 chance clawed back the win that seemed to have been snatched from him.

Always in the vanguard, the nine-year-old jumped well in the main for Coleman but was starting to look slightly more ragged as first Fruity O'Rooney and then the well backed Ardkilly Witness joined him at the head of affairs.

The latter appeared to have the race in the bag approaching the last when seemingly travelling the better of the pair but Relax re-asserted to win by three lengths with Theatrical Star coming from a long way back to finish the same distance away in third.

Williams said: "I thought coming here that they'd all got their chances but that (three winners on the card) was fantastic. I'm absolutely thrilled with them all."

Coleman added: "It's not just myself and Venetia, the team at home work endless hours, and they deserve all these big days that we get."

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