Betfair Cash Out Chase
(Registered as the Game Spirit Chase)
Grade 2 Handicap, Newbury
£50,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 1f, Class 1
Saturday 8th February 2014

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1 Module 11/8F
2 Dodging Bullets 2/1
3 Raya Star 13/2
NR: Lord Of House (GER), Majala (FR)
4 ran Distances: nk, 2½l, 29l
TIME 4m 21.55s (slow by 19.55s)

Module overcame Dodging Bullets in a battle royal for the Betfair Cash Out Chase at Newbury.

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Dodging Bullets looked like giving Paul Nicholls and Daryl Jacob a double following the earlier victory of Calipto when he touched down with a narrow lead, but long-time leader Module proved a stern opponent in the Grade Two contest, registered as the Game Spirit Chase.

The Tom George-trained 11-8 favourite got his head back in front on the run-in for Paddy Brennan and held Dodging Bullets' renewed effort by a neck.

Brennan told Channel 4 Racing: "He's a good horse. I'd been through this race all night and this morning and I knew what I was going to do. I didn't think I'd have to dig so deep. I thought I was on the best horse, but on that ground it was hard work.

"He jumped good. I was slightly disappointed with him in the Peterborough Chase, but he's proved he's a good horse and hopefully it's onwards and upwards."

George added: "He's in the Queen Mother and the Ryanair. I'll have to talk to the owner about it but I'm starting to get interested in the two-mile race, especially in a fast-run race.

"I thought he was unlucky at Exeter (in the Haldon Gold Cup), then maybe he'd just had a hard race when he came back at Huntingdon (in the Peterborough Chase).

"He's got a high cruising speed, but he can't show it on that ground. He will stay further, though. We think he'll get three miles one day."

Betfair Cash Out Chase
(Registered As The Game Spirit Chase) (Grade 2) (2m1f)
£50,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 1f, Class 1
4 ran
Going: Heavy

T R George
P J Brennan
11st 2lbs
11 - 8
Dodging Bullets
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 5lbs
2 - 1
Raya Star
A King
R Thornton
11st 0lbs
13 - 2
2 1/2 lengths
Desert Cry
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 6lbs
4 - 1
29 lengths
T R George
2nd Preference
11st 5lbs
Lord Of House
C J Mann
2nd Preference
11st 0lbs

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