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  • 16:05 Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase 2m 5f 19y

  • (National Course) £40,000 added 6yo+ 22 ran
  • Winner £23,720 2nd £7,448 3rd £3,724 4th £1,860
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning time: 5m 47.90s
  • Off time: 16:10:19

On The Fringe again completes Cheltenham-Aintree double

Last Updated: 07/04/16 5:59pm

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On The Fringe looms alongside Dineur at the last

On The Fringe looms alongside Dineur at the last

On The Fringe completed the Cheltenham-Aintree double for a second successive season with a smooth victory in the Crabbie's Fox Hunters' Chase.

The 15/8 favourite could be called the winner from some way out as he travelled powerfully throughout and tracked the ridden-along leader Dineur (50/1) to the final fence.

That rival battled on well to finish second but was no match for the Enda Bolger-trained winner on the long run-in as the market leader stormed clear to score by eight lengths.

Mendip Express (11/1) took third, a further length-and-a-quarter adrift.

Winning jockey Jamie Codd, who replaced the suspended Nina Carberry, said: "I'm just so fortunate to be in a position to ride a horse like this, I am very sorry that Nina couldn't ride him today, but it's a bit of luck on my side.

"He is a brilliant horse and I'm very lucky John Thomas McNamara and Nina Carberry and Enda Bolger have done the groundwork. I'm just lucky to ride him.

"Enda will fill you with confidence. I rode him at Leopardstown just after Christmas and they have all done a brilliant job.
"I'm only sitting here today as a chance spare ride and I'm lucky to get it."

Bolger said: "His jumping is his forte and he is a joy to train. JT (McNamara) rode him in his early days and Nina happened to miss out today but she will back on board next time.

"He just loves it around here and we thought as a young horse this place would bring out the best in him.

"From his early days he said he is an Aintree horse. He just does it so well. He measures his fences well. That's what an Aintree horse is, a good jumper and a brave horse.

"That's some thrill to go round there and have a ride like that. All credit to Jamie and full marks to him.

"We will get him home. He came out of Cheltenham and had a hard enough race, but three days later he was bouncing back. He will be home tonight and we will see how he is tomorrow morning."

There was a sad postscript to the race as two horses died after collapsing during the two mile five furlong contest.

The Willie Mullins-trained Marasonnien and Clonbanan Lad from the yard of Louise Allan were both pulled up.

Professor Chris Proudman, Veterinary Advisor to Aintree Racecourse, said:"Clonbanan Lad and Marasonnien were pulled up during the Fox Hunters' Steeple Chase by their jockeys, but later collapsed, and despite the immediate attention of veterinary professionals were not able to be saved. Neither incidents were associated with a fall.

"You can never remove all risk completely from any sport, including horse racing, but from 90,000 runners each year British racing has a fatality rate of less than 0.2 per cent, which research found is far lower than horses simply exercising in a field.

"This is down from 0.3 per cent over the last 15 years and we must keep working to see that continue to decrease."

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