Sam Twiston Davies and The Real Whacker have won the Brown Advisory Novices Chase by the slimmest of margins as the popular 8/1 shot edged out favourite Gerri Colombe. It looked for all the world like he would get caught in the closing stages but Twiston Davies managed to keep his nose ahead and secure a famous win.
"He races in a great manner and although he's at the front, he does the hard work. It was a fantastic race," the winning jockey commented after a wonderful ride. He won it from the front as well. The Real Whacker took the lead early on with Gerri Colombe on the inside with outsider Bronn up in second place. Sir Gerhadt was at the back of the field. Galia Des Liteaux was in fourth with the favourite tucked behind the leaders.
Sir Gerhardt was at the back but had moved back into contention. Bronn continued to run well with ten to go as The Real Whacker continued the lead the way on the second lap. The front quartet got a couple of lengths clear but then a mistake from the favourite allowed the others to catch up.
He wasn’t jumping as well as hoped with four to go as Sir Gerhard began to pick them off and get into contention. Three to go The Real Whacker continued to win as Bronn fought it out but then Gerri Colombe came flying back to chase him down. With the finishing post approaching it looked like he might catch him but remarkably The Real Whacker with Sam Twiston Davies on board managed to keep his head in front and secure a big win.
He was around 8/1 at the off and secured an absolutely monumental win for Patrick Neville and co. Another couple of strides and he would have been caught but he just had enough in a remarkably gutsy display which will have won him a lot of fans.
RESULTS: Brown Advisory Novices' Chase
1st. The Real Whacker (8/1)
2nd. Gerri Colombe (5/4)
3rd. Bronn (50/1)
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