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CLARKE CHASE | Francky Du Berlais snatches victory at Uttoxeter

Several Aintree contenders plied their trade in Uttoxeter’s feature race of the day on Sunday afternoon

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Even with a 5lb rise in the ratings and facing off against tougher opposition, Francky Du Berlais made a late dash to snatch success on the line in the Clarke Chase at Uttoxeter.

Peter Bowen’s gelding was at a career-high mark for the contest but it didn’t phase him in the slightest as he kept on strongly to win by a nose.

Peter Bowen claimed success at Uttoxeter with Francky Du Berlais

The gamble of the day appeared in the form of Nicky Henderson’s Pistol Whipped, who was backed into favouritism at odds of 5/1, but he was the unfortunate loser on this occasion as he finished second to Francky Du Berlais’ last-gasp charge.

Captain Tommy returned to form under new trainer David Bridgwater, as he followed up his Staffordshire Plate victory with a respectable third here.

watch: francky du berlais wins the clarke chase at Uttoxeter [credit: attheraces]

Topham Chase runner-up Pink Eyed Pedro drifted in the market late on, but he produced another big performance for David Brace, staying on well to finish fourth at odds of 33/1.

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Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Topofthecotswold put his Sefton Novices’ Hurdle fall behind him with a creditable effort at the Staffordshire course, claiming fifth with Neil Mulholland’s Exelerator Express finishing a neck behind in sixth.

Betway Bowl contender Militarian made a few jumping mistakes but made up some late ground to finish ninth, while Cheltenham Festival runners Really Super and Nietzsche finished 12th and 13th.

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