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Chepstow

  • 15:20 Coral Welsh National 3m 5f 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) £90,000 added 5yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner £51,255 2nd £19,233 3rd £9,630 4th £4,797
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 7m 56.10s
  • Off time: 15:21:11

Monbeg Dude received a trademark ice cool ride from Paul Carberry to win the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow

Last Updated: 05/01/13 4:09pm

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Paul Carberry: Gave Monbeg Dude a superb ride

Paul Carberry: Gave Monbeg Dude a superb ride

Monbeg Dude received a trademark ice cool ride from Paul Carberry to win the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.

The Michael Scudamore trained eight year old was held-up in rear for the majority of the extended three miles and five furlong contest by Carberry who was booked for the ride after Jamie Moore was unable to take the mount due to commitments elsewhere.

Monbeg Dude was still around five lengths down on the leading pair in the straight with Carberry motionless in the saddle but the experienced pilot didn't panic and produced his mount with perfect timing.

The well-backed favourite Teaforthree, who had been up there throughout, tried hard to battle back under Tony McCoy but the concession of 16lbs to his rival proved too much as he succumbed by just half a length.

It was 11 lengths back to Triggerman in third with Arbor Supreme in fourth.

Carberry said: "Tom Scudamore said to me I'd love him and to ride him like a non-trier and to just drop him in. I took a while to get the keenness out of him then he started jumping well.

"When I pulled him out I knew I had a good chance with four or five fences left. In fairness I probably got there a bit soon but he kept going to the line, he gave me a great spin.

"It's my second ride for Michael, I got the call on Thursday. I haven't had the opportunity to win this so it was about time I took it. This is great. I thought we were going a bit slow but the rest were off the bridle."

Scudamore said: "We only knew on Thursday that Paul was going to ride him as that was when we heard Jamie Moore had to go to Sandown.

"There was a question of where we would go after he won at Cheltenham, my dad (Peter Scudamore) and all the owners wanted to come here, but I wanted to go back to Cheltenham on New Year's Day as I thought this might be too big an ask for the horse.

"It was an interesting discussion but dad said we were going to the Welsh National, that there was only one place to go and obviously I'm delighted we did."

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