Seven Is My Number on his way to an 18-length defeat of Pigeon IslandPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Seven Is My Number wins two-runner Dipper
Report: Cheltenham, Friday
Dipper Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m5f, 5yo+
JOCKEY Timmy Murphy edged closer to his 1,000th British jumps winner when Seven Is My Number beat Pigeon Island in the two-runner Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.
The field for the 2m5f Grade 2 was reduced after the withdrawals of forecast favourite Punchestowns, Knockara Beau and Bensalem, and Murphy, who now has 998 British jumps winners to his name, sent the 4-9 favourite into the lead.
He jumped well and, despite looking around a bit, recorded a comfortable success.
Victor Chandler introduced Seven Is My Number, who runs in the famous David Johnson silks, as a 16-1 shot for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and trainer David Pipe said: "He's not been the most straightforward horse to keep sound and he does a lot of swimming.
"It was a good performance and I suppose he'll have entries in the all the good novice chases at Cheltenham."
Murphy added: "He's not really a horse who can lead. He jumped well but was always looking around."