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Elliott: "I thought it was another second!" Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Elliott: "I thought it was another second!" Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Elliott: "I thought it was another second!" Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Chosen Mate just held on to land a dramatic success in the Paddy Power Novice Hurdle at Naas yesterday.

Gordon Elliott's charge looked likely to gain a cosy victory when gradually raising the tempo after leading three out, and was a few lengths in front after jumping the last.

However, Hannon came with a wet sail on the outside and the post came just in time for the 9/10 favourite, which hung on by a nose to lift the Grade Two prize.

Elliott said: "I thought it was another second! He's a grand, honest horse but Davy said he just does what he has to do when he gets there.

"The four-year-old (Hannon) was getting a lot of weight. The plan is to keep him for Aintree.

"Davy had to change tactics when Puppy (Robbie Power) fell. He wanted to get up and take Paul (Townend) on and not give him a complete freebie.

"A fast-run two miles would suit him better, and you could even step him out to two-and-a-half."

Cadmium booked his ticket to the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham by winning the WhatOddsPaddy? Chase.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was given a searching test by Doctor Phoenix, before eventually asserting to land the odds at 4/6.

Cadmium got on top close home under Paul Townend and was three lengths to the good at the line in the two-mile Grade Three contest.

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