Randox Health Handicap Chase
Cheltenham 15:30
£50,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m, Class 2    
Saturday 22nd October 2016

1 Fox Norton 5/2f
2 Sizing Platinum 10/1
3 Casino Markets 7/1
NR: Savello (IRE)
14 ran Distances: 11l, 9l, 6l
TIME 3m 51.00s (fast by 1.00s)

Fox Norton ran his rivals ragged to win for Neil Mulholland

Fox Norton
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Fox Norton

Fox Norton, sent off the well-backed 5/2 favourite, turned the two-mile £50,000 Randox Health Handicap Chase into a procession.

Third to Douvan in the last season's Racing Post Arkle Trophy, six-year-old Fox Norton had his 13 rivals in trouble rounding the home turn and galloped clear up the hill to win by 11 lengths from Sizing Platinum (Colin Tizzard/Aidan Coleman, 10/1). Casino Markets (Emma Lavelle/Tom Scudamore, 7/1) was nine lengths further back in third.

Mulholland, based near Bath, said: "We were very happy with Fox Norton. He worked really well recently and came here in great order.

"He has improved a lot over the summer and has got a lot stronger over the last year and a half.

"I would say we might come back for the Shloer Chase next month (Two miles, Grade Two, £75,000 on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 13) as he likes the track here."

Fehily added: "That was really impressive. I gave him a breather coming down the hill to help him get up it and I thought the challengers would come back up behind me but I never saw any.

"He is going to have to go into conditions chases now. We will see what the handicapper does but it was a good performance today."

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Randox Health Handicap Chase
£50,000.00 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 2
14 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Fox Norton (FR) 5/2f N D Fehily
N P Mulholland 6
2nd 11 Sizing Platinum (IRE) 10/1 Aidan Coleman
C L Tizzard 8
3rd 9 Casino Markets (IRE) 7/1 T Scudamore
Miss E C Lavelle 8
4th 6 Mr Fiftyone (IRE) 16/1 P Townend
Mrs J Harrington 7
5th Owen Na View (IRE) 25/1 P J Brennan
F O'Brien 8
6th ½ Ultragold (FR) 10/1 Harry Cobden (3)
C L Tizzard 8
7th Witness In Court (IRE) 33/1 Wayne Hutchinson
D McCain Jnr 9
8th 14 Always On The Run (IRE) 12/1 A P Heskin
T R George 6
9th Devils Bride (IRE) 14/1 Rachael Blackmore (5)
H de Bromhead 9
10th Dunraven Storm (IRE) 25/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 11
11th Rock The World (IRE) 8/1 B J Geraghty
Mrs J Harrington 8
PU Boondooma (IRE) 7/1 Brendan Powell
Dr R D P Newland 9
F Minella Definitely (IRE) 100/1 David Noonan (3)
N P Mulholland 9
UR Croco Bay (IRE) 33/1 D A Jacob
B I Case 9
NR Savello (IRE) 14/1 Bridget Andrews (5)
D Skelton 10

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