Betfred Peterborough Chase
Grade 2, Huntingdon 14:00
£65,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 3f 189y, Class 1  
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Sunday 6th December 2015

1 Al Ferof 9/4
2 Pepite Rose 8/1
3 Wishfull Thinking 11/2
5 ran Distances: 40l, 7l
TIME 4m 48.80s (slow by 0.80s)

A superb performance from Al Ferof to win the Peterborough Chase under Harry Skelton

Al Ferof
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Al Ferof

Last year's winner Wishfull Thinking set off at a breakneck gallop under Richard Johnson and put in some spectacular leaps but heading down the back straight, the challengers were queueing up.

Camping Ground fell at the fourth-last when just coming off the bridle, but Al Ferof and Ptit Zig cruised past Wishfull Thinking, whose run had come to an end with three furlongs to run.

When Ptit Zig took a tired fall at the last, Al Ferof was well on top and the 9-4 chance came home a long way clear of Pepite Rose.

Skelton said: "You can't say it was definitely over as Ptit Zig had already had a run.

"All I did was get this lad as fit as I possibly could for today.

"It's very nice of John (Hales, owner) to send him to me and it says volumes about the type of man Paul Nicholls is that he suggested he send him to me."

Skelton went on: "I've done everything that I was told to do with him. Everyone knows he's got a good record fresh. I took him to Warwick racecourse for a gallop three weeks ago and that was probably the most important part of the jigsaw.

"I'm absolutely delighted, it is as simple as that. I think John wants to go to the King George Chase but we'll see how he is in three weeks' time.

"It's humbling to have such a good horse in the yard. He jumped great and travelled great.

"I knew that he's so good fresh, we had to take advantage. These things are just magic."

Betfred Peterborough Chase
£65,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 3f 189y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in Places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Al Ferof (FR) 9/4 Harry Skelton
11-10
D Skelton 10
2nd 40 Pepite Rose (FR) 8/1 L Treadwell
10-11
Miss V Williams 8
3rd 7 Wishfull Thinking 11/2 R Johnson
11-10
P J Hobbs 12
F Ptit Zig (FR) 13/8f Sam Twiston-Davies
11-10
P F Nicholls 6
UR Camping Ground (FR) 13/2 D A Jacob
11-4
R Walford 5

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