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  • 13:50 Murphy Group Handicap Chase 3m 3f 110y

  • (Grade 3) £50,000 added 4yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner £28,475 2nd £10,685 3rd £5,350 4th £2,665
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 8.10s
  • Off time: 13:53:00

Alvarado and Bradley provide Fergal O'Brien with a one-three

Last Updated: 16/11/13 3:34pm

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Paul Moloney: Left it late aboard Alvarado

Paul Moloney: Left it late aboard Alvarado

Alvarado (12/1) and Bradley provided Fergal O'Brien with a one-three in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

The locally based handler had saddled Bradley to finish second in last season's renewal and it momentarily looked as though his nine year old would go one better.

He weakened on the climb to the line at the end of the extended three mile three furlong contest as his patiently ridden stablemate powered past to win by two lengths. He was chased home by course specialist Knockara Beau who may well have given him more to do but for a late mistake.

Becauseicouldntsee took the field along at a sensible gallop until deep into the final circuit with the majority of the field still holding live chances despite several sketchy leaps.

It was impossible to call the winner coming down the hill and even at the last fence with last year's winner Monbeg Dude still in the firing line but Paul Moloney challenged late and decisively on the stands' side to take the spoils.

Moloney revealed that it was part of the plan to leave his challenge as late as possible: "I knew if we could just hang in there, we'd have a real good chance as he finished so strongly when I rode him here in April. He's got his quirks though and he actually had a look at the last and thought about running out, so I didn't want to get there too soon."

"It was great to see Bradley coming back as we thought he'd lost his form, but Alvarado is a good horse - he's quirky but I said to Paul that he was as good as I can get him at home," said O'Brien.

"Paul did great, he left him alone, and we got the right result. I wanted to go to the Becher Chase but the owners didn't want to because of his jumping so I'll wait for the instructions from a higher authority. I'd like to go to the Becher with Bradley."

Michael Scudamore said of Monbeg Dude: "I'm really proud of him, he galloped all the way to the line and we'll look towards the Welsh National again."

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