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Cornas wins The 32Red Handicap Chase Sandown 08/01/2011

Cornas jumped and travelled well to score at Sandown on Saturday

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14-1 shot Cornas comes good at Sandown

Report: Sandown, Saturday

32Red Handicap Chase(Class 2) 2m, 5yo+

THERE was a minor upset at Sandown on Saturday when 14-1 shot Cornas recorded a comfortable victory in the 32Red Handicap Chase.

The Nick Williams-trained winner landed a Grade 3 at Limerick in October and had not performed badly in races at Exeter and Cheltenham.

Despite that, punters allowed him to go off at 14-1 and jockey Leighton Aspell, who was riding his first winner for the stable, had few worries on top.

Aspell, who was replacing regular rider Daryl Jacob, said: "It's a great ride for me and connections were quite confident.

"He still ran creditably against the big boys [at Exeter and Cheltenham] and has been knocking on the door.

"They went a good gallop without it being break-neck and he travelled well.

"He took me nicely into the race and finished really well."

Tchico Polos (7-1), who won the Exeter race Cornas ran in, finished two and three-quarter lengths behind in second, while Oh Crick, who returned at 9-1, claimed third for the Alan King-Robert Thornton combination.

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