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Master Overseer at the start of The Sussex National Plumpton 03.01.2010

Master Overseer (red cap, yellow sleeves) leads with Tarquinius

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker/  

Master Overseer gets up late in Sussex National

Report: Plumpton, Sunday

At The Races Sussex National Handicap Chase 3m5f, 5yo+

MASTER OVERSEER (9-2) gave trainer David Pipe and jockey Johnny Farrelly a double on Plumpton's Sunday card, coming again after appearing beaten at the last to deny the gambled-on 10-3 favourite Tarquinius.

The seven-year-old was chasing a hat-trick of victories and Farrelly was always up with the pace, sitting to the outside of the field as Radetsky March took the field along with Tarquinius also prominent.

Mark Bradstock's runner set a sensible pace upfront, with the only early casualty being second fence faller Kawagino.

There was little change to the running order through the first circuit, with Present M'Lord and Teeming Rain sat just behind the leading trio.

The second circuit also passed with little incident, although the leader did get in tight at the fence in front of the stands for the second time, at which point his rider decided to try and kick on and draw the sting out of his rivals.

Freewheeling down the hill the early move looked to have paid off as he took around five lengths out of the chasing pack, but Radetsky March's jumping suffered as a consequence of the quicker pace, with several ragged leaps allowing Tarquinius and Master Overseer to get closer.

At three out Master Overseer and Farelly jumped upsides, and rounding the final bend stole three lengthsout of the field, with Tarquinius staying on into second, while from the back Shaka's Pearl started to come into contention.

It looked as if Liam Treadwell had ridden another great ride from the rear following his earlier exploits on Nomecheki, but at the last it was Tarquinius who jumped into the lead.

However, Master Overseer was not finished and rallied again on the outside to get up virtually on the line. Favourite Tarquinius finished second with Shaka's Pearl,who never landed a telling blow, in third.

Pipe said: "Johnny gave him a great ride, he's not the quickest horse in the world, all he does is gallop."

Farrelly, who only needs to ride two more winners to lose his 3lb claim echoed those sentiments. He said: "He just keeps galloping, I knew that the fitness of the Pipe horses would get me home."

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