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Just a Par

Just a Par: 14-1 (from 20-1) with Paddy Power for the RSA Chase

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Just A Par cut for RSA Chase after cosy success

Report: Newbury, Thursday

RSA Worcester Novices' Chase (Grade 2), 3m, 4yo+

PAUL NICHOLLS landed a third success in the last five years as Just A Par made just about all under Daryl Jacob, earning a quote of 14-1 (from 20-1) with Paddy Power for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.

In a race not without incident, Just A Par ultimately ran out a convincing winner from runner-up Third Intention, who was giving the winner 7lb.

Outsider Typical Oscar got no further than the second fence before unseating Conor O'Farrell, with Just A Par already racing ahead of his rivals.

More than once Jacob changed his hands on the eventual winner who still looked green as he was asked to race alone at the front.

He was momentarily passed when Ardkilly Witness jumped ahead over the cross fence but that appeared to help Just The Par, who enthusiastically regained the lead shortly after.

The four renaining runners all held chances at the third-last, where Ardkilly Witness and Le Reve cannoned each other in mid-air, Le Reve and Leighton Aspell coming out worst and Aspell deposited on the turf.

From there it was left to Just A Par and Third Intention to battle it out but as the fuel gauge stated to flicker for Third Intention, 5-4 favourite Just A Par bounded clear to the tune of 14 lengths.

Envisaging further improvement from the winner in the months ahead, Nicholls said: "We didn't want them to go a crawl and he was being green in front. I think there is huge improvement to come.

"He has always been a good jumper and as he gets more experience he is going to get even better. With four or five runners they don't go a good gallop and plenty of pace will suit him better."

Looking to the future, Nicholls added: "We will look to get more experience for him now. This time next year the Hennessy could be a race for him. We'll just see."

Nicholls and Jacob enjoyed further success on the card courtesy of Easter Day in the 2m6½f novices' limited handicap chase.




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