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  • Many Clouds Impresses In Premier

totepoolliveinfo.com Premier Chase (Listed) 2m 7f 96y

  • (5yo+, 2m 7f 96y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £18,509 2nd £6,945 3rd £3,478 4th £1,732 5th £871 6th £436
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 25.20s
  • Off time: 14:55:20
  • Last Updated: March 13 2016, 17:46 GMT

Many Clouds showed his wellbeing ahead of his bid to land the Crabbie's Grand National for the second successive year with an impressive victory in the totepoolliveinfo.com Premier Chase at Kelso.

Many Clouds was an impressive winner
Many Clouds was an impressive winner

Winning for the first time since Aintree last April, Many Clouds hardly gave his supporters an anxious moment as he did everything right in his final prep run.

Trevor Hemmings' nine-year-old jumped superbly in the hands of Leighton Aspell and went on at the seventh fence after shadowing Carrigdhoun in the early stages.

Sausalito Sunrise tried to put in a challenge but he could not cope with Oliver Sherwood's charge when Aspell kicked on.

Many Clouds (11/10 favourite) soon put the race to bed and strode clear to score by 10 lengths.

Unioniste, who also holds a National entry, stayed on well from last place to finish second. Carrigdhoun was three-quarters of a length away in third.

Sherwood said: "I'm chuffed to bits. He was electric and a joy to watch. That was just what the doctor ordered and you can see why I was keen to run to get the fizz out of him.

"Leighton is worried I might take my riding licence out again - he was that good!

"It's onwards and upwards towards Aintree now although he won't be doing much for the next ten days or so and then we'll just build him up.

"He was pretty fit today."

Sky Bet reacted by cutting the winner to 10/1 from 12s and spokesman Michael Shinners said: "You couldn't help but be impressed by that performance.

"It looks as though Oliver Sherwood is bringing his stable star nicely to the boil for the defence of his Crabbie's Grand National crown and, as his trainer pointed out last year, he can only carry 1lb more this year even though he has a higher handicap rating.

"The National has been the plan all season and we've cut him to 10/1 favourite from 12/1 to create his own slice of racing history."