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Module jumps well at Newbury

Luck was for once on the side of Module (7-2) as Tom George's French recruit got off the mark over fences in the Betfred "The Bonus King" Novices' Chase at Newbury.

A faller at Exeter last time, Module's winning margin of six lengths was undoubtedly flattered by the fact Tony McCoy had been forced to perch uncomfortably aboard the runner-up Colour Squadron for most of the race and still managed to stay on.

George said: "He is a good jumper but has been unlucky - Paddy Brennan said he would have won on the bridle at Exeter. There's no great plan, but we'll find him another race somewhere now."

Diana Hobbs, representing her father and Colour Squadron's trainer Philip, said: "Unfortunately the saddle slipped, these things happen but it's not good when you have the 'champ' up. I'm sure he would have finished closer otherwise."

Charlie Longsdon has been dumbfounded by Pete The Feat's progress and the 15-8 favourite rattled off a five-timer in the Betfred Mandarin Handicap Chase.

The Chipping Norton trainer saddled two runners, with last year's winner Rey Nacarado finishing third, but there was only ever one horse in this long-established race as Noel Fehily kept his mount up to his task to finish five lengths clear.

Pete The Feat is also unbeaten since leaving Anna Newton-Smith's care and Longsdon said: "He has been a revelation - I don't think I've ever had one win five in a row. I didn't want to run both in the same race, but the owners wanted to come here and that's fine.

"In a way it's better to have first and third than first and second, as if you have first and second you've missed out on winning a race. I think Pete The Feat would go better on better ground. It's all a bonus now but I might try to find him a regional National somewhere."

African Gold (4-1) is likely to be aimed towards the Albert Bartlett event at Cheltenham after he maintained his pleasing profile for the Twiston-Davies family in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle.

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