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Finale fortune for RuacanaHeadlines
Ruacana (left) on the way to victory in the Finale Hurdle

John Ferguson saddled his first Grade One winner as a trainer when Ruacana benefited from the last-flight fall of Swnymor in the coral.co.uk Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow.

Tim Vaughan's Swnymor had travelled best throughout for Richard Johnson and had just got the better of Megalypos approaching the final flight when he took a crashing fall, interfering with the Nicky Henderson runner.

That enabled Ruacana (100-30), formerly trained by Michael Bell on the level, to take full advantage and hold off the fast-finishing favourite Caid Du Berlais.

Ferguson is better known as Sheikh Mohammed's long-standing bloodstock advisor but has enjoyed a good deal of success since taking out a licence to train a small team of jumpers, many of whom were useful on the Flat.

The handler said: "He was consistent for Michael Bell and it was very kind of his owner to lease him to Bloomfields (Stud, in whose colours the winner ran).

"On his Flat form I had a strong feeling he would go in the ground and I thought Denis (O'Regan) gave him a smashing ride - although we did have a bit of luck on our side.

"We'll get him home and then decide what we do next. Obviously everyone wants to have runners at Cheltenham, but there's no point just going there for the sake of it and we'll see how things pan out."

Coral make the winner 16-1 for the Triumph Hurdle, with the unlucky Swnymor 12-1.

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