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Maguire kicks off in style with four-star opening show

Jason Maguire made a superb start to the new jumps season by securing a brilliant 69/1 four-timer at Wetherby.

The Grand National-winning rider set the ball rolling when Life And Soul eased 12 lengths clear of Sea Lord in the opening novices' hurdle. Maguire doubled up aboard Muldoon's Picnic (evens favourite) in the beginners' chase 30 minutes later, before adding to his gains in the three-mile, one-furlong handicap chase with Savant Bleu (9/2).

The Meath jockey completed his Wetherby benefit when 5/6 shot Silver Eagle, which, like Savant Bleu and Muldoon's Picnic, is trained by Kim Bailey, struck by three-quarters of a length in the maiden hurdle.

Jockey Wayne Hutchinson was stood down for the day after suffering cuts to his mouth when he fell from Fair Trade in the first race on the card.

Barry Geraghty enjoyed a successful trip to Huntingdon as the jockey won the day's featured handicap chase aboard Trio D'Alene, which was following up a victory in the Topham at Aintree over the Grand National fences.

Geraghty gave the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old time to get into the race after Galway Jack and Junior had ensured a strong pace over this three miles. The 2/1 favourite jumped into the lead at the third-last fence before going on to score by four-and-a-half lengths from Junior for the newly-crowned champion handler.

Over in Longchamp, last year's German Derby winner Pastorius made a winning start to the new campaign by claiming the first Group One race in Europe of 2013, the Prix Ganay, at Longchamp.

The Mario Hofer-trained four-year-old, which was fourth to Frankel in the Qipco Champion Stakes, swept to a comfortable victory under Olivier Peslier.

Irish Independent