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Galway Jacks up the pace for Southwell win

FORTUNE favoured Galway Jack as he made virtually all the running to take the feature totepool.com Best Odds On Irish Lotto Handicap Chase at Southwell.

Andrew Thornton's mount was headed just once, going to the final fence by Green Wizard, but that horse came down which left Galway Jack in the clear.

Caroline Bailey's 7/4 favourite passed the line a length and three-quarters in front of Balzaccio.

He said: "He enjoys being up there. He gets three miles well, so two- and-a-half miles on testing ground I had to make plenty of use of him and he jumped well.

"I probably jumped a bit quicker than him (Green Wizard) at the third-last and the second-last, but he kept coming back at me. It's all about jumping."

Barton Rose made light of top weight in the Play Blackjack And Roulette At totepool.com Novices' Handicap Hurdle.


Noel Fehily weaved his way through the field on the 4/5 favourite, trained by Neil Mulholland, to lead before the final flight and go on to score by two and-a-half lengths from Alaccordion.

Fehily said: "She was getting tired at the end, but she jumps and has a great attitude. You can always find races for mares like that."

Fehily completed a double when steering My Oh Mount Brown (4/1) to victory in the 20 New Casino Games At totepool.com Handicap Hurdle on his first run for local trainer Alan McCabe.

The former Tim Vaughan inmate pulled away after two out to win by three and-a-half lengths from Sky Watch.