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Far West leads at the last

Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh had two winners at Cheltenham on Friday and they picked up where they left off as Far West claimed the first event on day two of the Open meeting.

Sent off a 15-8 chance for the Grade Two JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial, Walsh was positive throughout on Far West, disputing the early lead with outsider Shabra Emperor.

However, when the pace turned up a notch three flights from home, there were just three left in it with favourite Vasco Du Ronceray and McVicar trying to go with him. The latter soon cried enough and the market leaders settled down to slug it out up the straight, with Far West always holding the advantage.

He pulled clear after the last to win by seven lengths with 26 lengths back to the third-placed Roc D'Apsis.

Nicholls said: "He won nicely at Chepstow and the form was good. He's improved a lot since then, we knew the second was a good horse, but they're both pretty good. He's a grand horse who jumps well - with these juveniles if they don't jump they don't win.

"We will play it by ear - today was the target. We have some nice juveniles and we will see what develops."

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