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Sea starts with win at Clonmel

SEA OF THUNDER made the perfect start to his career over fences with an impressive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Christy Novice Chase at Clonmel.

THE seven-year-old was unlucky not to win a Grade Two at Cheltenham last December after falling at the last, after which he ran at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festival.

Charles Byrnes' charge was unsurprisingly a warm order for his first start over larger obstacles, sent off the even-money favourite in the hands of Davy Russell. He came home 13 lengths ahead of Total Submission.

Byrne said: "The ground is everything to him and it won't be easy for him to get that ground again. He might go to Cheltenham now in November.

"Three miles on good ground is what he wants, he has no business going on soft ground."

Paddy Power make Sea Of Thunder a 20/1 shot for the RSA Chase at next year's Cheltenham Festival.

Spencer slips up at San Siro

Jockey Jamie Spencer was out of luck at San Siro on Sunday when King Air failed to make the frame in the Group One Premio Vittorio di Capua.

Spencer made a breathless trip to Italy after having been in action in America on Saturday, but his companion, trained in France by Rupert Pritchard-Gordon, could only finish fifth behind Amaron.

The Rod Collet-trained Nova Hawk earlier won the Group Three Premio Sergio Cumani, while Mick Channon's Sorella Bella was also on target in a Listed race for two-year-old fillies.

Mince bound for Bengough

Roger Charlton has confirmed exciting sprinter Mince will take in the John Guest Bengough Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, rather than the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp the following day.

Since winning an Ascot handicap in early August, the three-year-old filly has completed a quick-fire hat-trick with impressive Listed-race victories at Pontefract and York.

Connections did consider a tilt at Group One glory on Arc day next weekend, but Charlton has decided to keep his filly at home.

The trainer tweeted: "Mince is due to run at Ascot on Sat in The Bengough Stakes Gr3 and will not be supplemented for Prix De L'Abbaye. In great form for 4 timer."