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Seven Is My Number - Cheltenham 01.01.10

Seven Is My Number on his way to an 18-length defeat of Pigeon Island

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker/  

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."

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