Minella steals Sussex National from Master
Report: Plumpton, Sunday
At The Races Sussex National (Handicap Chase) (Class 3) 3m5f, 5yo+
MINELLA BOYS stole the Sussex National from longtime leader and 9-2 favourite Master Overseer under a fantastic stalking ride from Felix de Giles.
The Charie Longsdon-trained 8-1 shot overhauled last year's winner - who had been off the track since - between the final two fences to win by two and a quarter lengths.
David Pipe, responsible for Master Overseer, also trained the third home Peut Etre Sivola, who was 17 lengths off the first two at 16-1.
Settled off a fair gallop, set by Master Overseer and Rebel Melody - who finished fourth - de Giles slowly crept his way into contention as the field began its third full circuit of the course.
As they left the back straight, four were in contention, but the first two home clearly asserted on the home bend, pulling well clear and slugging it out over the final two flights after a gruelling stamina test.
Minella Boys was on top by the last and a decent jump saw him wrap things up.
Seven of the 14 runners completed the course, while all pulled-up horses and fallers returned unharmed.
Charlie Longsdon, who has no immediate plans for the winner, said: "I am delighted with that. He needs extremes, in both trip and ground. The cheekpieces have definitely helped him. He is not a brave horse for a big horse."