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Andy Irvine ends 220-day barren spell as Dream Du Grand Val lands gamble

Andy Irvine: trainer struck with the well-backed Dream Du Grand Val in the claiming hurdle
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Thursday: Lingfield

"I didn't have a penny on him," exclaimed trainer Andy Irvine after Dream Du Grand Val landed a gamble in the 2m3½f claiming hurdle.

The 4-1 winner had been as big as 12-1 earlier in the day. His market support came as a surprise to his trainer as the eight-year-old had been reluctant to race on numerous occasions, frequently having to be walked to the start by a handler.

"I thought he might not start, he's a bit of a monkey," said Irvine.

"I was watching the price tumbling down and I didn't have a penny on him. Well done to whoever backed him, but it wasn't me. James [Bowen] gave him a superb ride and thankfully he didn't get claimed."

The East Sussex-based trainer was ending a 220-day drought without a winner and added: "It feels like a long time between drinks, but now we're moving forward and can hopefully start banging in the winners."

1,000th jumps winner for Moore 

Gary Moore achieved a landmark 1,000th jumps winner in Britain after Movethechains completed a course-and-distance hat-trick in the 2m7½f handicap chase.

The seven-year-old has been in sparkling form since joining the West Sussex trainer, winning three of his four starts.

Gary Moore: celebrated his 1,000th jumps winner

Son Jamie Moore was in the saddle for the milestone and told Sky Sports Racing: "It's a good achievement, it's over that with the Flat horses combined – he can train five-furlong sprinters up to three-mile chasers.

"He's in the yard every day, mucking out and grooming the horses, he knows them inside out."

A return to the Surrey track could be on the cards for Movethechains at the inaugural Winter Million Festival, where he could step up in trip to tackle the Surrey National.

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Well done to whoever backed him, but it wasn't me
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