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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

"He was brilliant today," Cannon added of the chaser who was given a Arkle quote of 33-1 (from 66)

Fortune finally smiled on Edwardstone, who made it third time lucky over fences to score an impressive win in the £20,800 novice chase.

He was a good enough hurdler to finish third in the Betfair Hurdle and fifth in the County last season and has long been seen as a potentially smart chaser by trainer Alan King, only to unseat his rider at the fourth on his debut last term and then be brought down when poised to challenge here last month.

For Pleasure, the horse who had tripped him when falling on that occasion, was in the field again 12 days on but Edwardstone comfortably had his measure as they both stayed on their feet this time and he went on to score by a decisive seven lengths from Stepney Causeway under Tom Cannon, 26th winner of the season, sponsored by

"That was perfect," a relieved King said afterwards. "It was just what we wanted. His jumping was super and we were delighted with him.

"We're relieved and we can look ahead now, though I have no plans for him yet. I just wanted to get today out of the way.

"It's only 12 days since his last run so we'll go home and have a think. But it's great to get his season back on track as he's a potentially decent novice chaser."

"He was brilliant today," Cannon added of the chaser who was given a quote of 33-1 (from 66) for the Arkle by Paddy Power.

"He was very measured at his jumps. It's nice that he's had a bit of good luck."


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