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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Thompsons snap up National entry Just A Par at 11th hour

Ten-year-old will remain in the care of Paul Nicholls

Just A Par: will remain in the care of Paul Nicholls
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David and Patricia Thompson, owners of Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, have purchased a third runner in Saturday's Randox Health Grand National.

The Thompsons have added Highland Lodge and Le Mercurey, available at around 25-1 and 50-1, to their string in recent weeks and they struck again on Thursday night when 50-1 chance Just A Par went under the hammer at the Goffs UK Aintree Sale.

Just A Par's trainer Paul Nicholls had the winning bid at £100,000 and revealed the ten-year-old would remain in his care.

“He's been bought by the Thompsons and he's going to carry the colours of their son Richard in the National,” he said.

“It's ideal the horse is staying in the yard and Harry Cobden keeps the ride. He's in good shape, he won the other day and the drying ground will help him.”

The Thompsons appear eager to win the Aintree spectacular 25 years after they did so with another late acquisition in Party Politics.

Just A Par cost Nicholls £260,000 at a Brightwells Cheltenham sale in November 2012 and went on to win the Worcester Novices' Chase and bet365 Gold Cup, a race in which he was beaten just a short-head when second last year.

He was the battling winner of a veterans' handicap chase at Newbury last time out but has made little impression in his two previous starts over the National fences, finishing a distant 15th behind Rule The World in the main event last year and being pulled up in the Becher Chase in 2014.

It's ideal the horse is staying in the yard and Harry Cobden keeps the ride
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